Kalajoki Marina

Type: detail plan, landscape analysis
Client: City of Kalajoki
Status: planning completed
Year: 2012 – 2017
Location: Keskuskari, Kalajoki, Finland
Size: 67 000 m2 tourism buildings (57 ha)
Team: Sami Heikkinen (partner in charge), Ville Mellin (project architect), Maarit Virkkunen (project architect), Anna-Kaisa Aalto, Anni-Mari Anttola, Lotta Aulamo, Emiliä Ellilä, Otto Heinonen, Kaisa Karvinen, Saija Vihervuori

Unique landscape features lay the basis for a new detail plan.


Kalajoki is a small town on the west coast of Finland. Tourism in the area is growing, but the preservation of the natural environment and its landscape determines special requirements for future development.

Three types of landscape, three entities

Three diverse landscape types were identified: wooded dunes, shifting shoreline dunes, and an open-water harbour. A structural model was created to accommodate the landscape of each area.

Lively harbour life and sea views

The intimate atmosphere of a small fishing village is to be created around the marina. The buildings combine a traditional style with a modern flourish.

A sandbank between two stretches of water

The construction of this area will focus on small village-like clusters of buildings with the beach only a few steps away. The areas between the buildings will be restored to their natural state.

Beside the wooded dunes

The buildings will be located at the point at which forest meets open landscape. Extensive vistas of the sea will open out between the buildings.

The design seeks to preserve the special features of the landscape despite a high density of built form.