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This proposal is rooted
in a narrative of
connecting people to place.
Every Path has a beginning, every step initiates direction, and every impact represents intent.
Thor Harland + Zach Olzcak
Paths connect us to one another. It is through necessary movement and interaction that we engage our natural surroundings and lay a fabric for future growth. This proposal is rooted in a narrative of connecting people to place. Every Path has a beginning, every step initiates direction, and every impact represents intent. The Espoo cathedral and its surrounding context reflect an invaluable identity of the city of Espoo. The purpose of this proposal is to facilitate progression by enhancing pathways in and through an integrated park while encouraging multiple levels of interaction. The present proposal is inspired by the instinctive process of movement. Finland is a country built within and around 187,888 lakes. When winter breaks, the lakes freeze and encourage potential paths, allowing one to access a place that would otherwise be disconnected. By directly connecting existing nodes of activity with dynamic, interactive paths, one can efficiently reach a destination. The void between these paths is rearticulated as an integrated park that flows and engages its edges without constraint. The park is characterized by an inviting openness that forges specific views and allows the passerby to pause. Proposed infrastructure occupies the fringes of the park and emphasizes an introspective connection to nature while serving as a catalyst for future urbanization and development. The city hall is viewed as an iconic face for the city centre of Espoo. It is strategically sited to engage two primary axis and to encompass the park. The visual presence of the city hall establishes its place within the city fabric and further emphasizes its civic responsibility to the people of Espoo.