The Bullhorn Competition, Cembrit Architecture Contest, Malmi Station Helsinki

The Bullhorn Design Competition : Cembrit Design Contest

The Bullhorn Architecture Competition – Malmi Station, Helsinki

14 Oct 2011

The Bullhorn Design Competition

Part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme

“The Bullhorn” International design competition invites architects to improve the living environment of urban dwellers.

Cembrit, a company specialising in the manufacture of fibre cement based building materials, is organising an international architecture competition. The theme of the competition being urban transit areas. Cembrit invites architects and designers to create solutions that improve the living environment around railway station areas.

The case study is Malmi Station, which is one of the largest public transport transit hubs in Helsinki. A significant cash prize will be awarded to the competition entries in which fibre cement is used creatively, enriching the urban environment. The aim of the competition is to act as a voice for a better built environment. The competition is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.

The Bullhorn Design Competition

The people living and working in cities spend increasing amounts of time at stations and transit areas, which are often generic, dull and unappealing. The objective of “The Bullhorn” International design competition is to create aesthetic and lively solutions which bring about functional improvements by utilising fibre-cement boards. Focus is on people’s arrival at the station – by bus, train, car, bicycle or foot. Functionally new, aesthetic and high-quality competition proposals are sought which challenge standardised solutions.

The competition is organised jointly with Helsinki City Planning Office and their Suburban Project. One of the themes during the year of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 is to find solutions to urban development challenges that have an important influence on the quality of people’s living environment as well as their well-being. The idea is well suited for Cembrit’s objective to create inspirational solutions for outstanding living environments.

The City of Helsinki wants to further develop Malmi Stationas an active and competitive regional centre. Its present functions and dwelling potential will be enhanced, for instance, with the coming Ormuspelto residential area and the future transversal public transport trunk line, Jokeri II. Improvement ideas are being promoted in cooperation with the residents in the area, enterprises and the city authorities.

”The challenge in renewing traffic hubs is to turn them into attractive places for both the residents of the area and commuters – taking into consideration the noise and other disadvantages caused by traffic. Sufficient parking spaces should be arranged so as to avoid the creation of extensive passive and unattractive areas. There is also a lot of wear on public transport facilities, which must be taken into account also in the construction and maintenance of the facilities,” says Elias Rainio, architect from the Helsinki City Planning Office.

”As a manufacturer of building materials, Cembrit is responsible for producing elements for the built environments of the future. In order for us to be successful, we need input and visions from people who use our products – such as architects and designers,” outlines Jan Deding, President & CEO at Cembrit.

The competition is endorsed by Icsid and organised by Cembrit in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), the Finnish Association of Designers (Ornamo) and Pentagon Design.

The three best competition entries will be awarded cash prizes totalling more than €20,000. Prototypes of the prize winning solutions will be built together with Cembrit and will be presented as part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, and afterwards in an exhibition that will tour Europe.

The competition entries must be sent by 15 January 2012 at the latest. The competition results will be published in May 2012. Further details of the competition, the competition programme and other information are available at:


Cembrit creates outstanding life settings with fibre cement based building materials. Our 1200 dedicated employees work from locations in more than 20 European countries to provide diverse and inspirational solutions within roofing, interior and exterior cladding.

The Bullhorn Design Competition image / information from Department of Energy & Climate Change

Location: Malmi Station, Helsinki, Finland – International

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