How would you help transform an industrial park into a liveable neighbourhood?

Kera Challenge is an open, needs-driven innovation competition. The logistics centre of S Group, a Finnish retailing cooperative, is moving out of Kera, Espoo, during the next few years. The 22 hectare industrial park is located right by the Kera train station - only a 20 minute train ride away from downtown Helsinki - and will soon be transformed into a residential neigbourhood. Watch this video to see how the area looks right now and get inspired!

The first phase of the Challenge is over. Jury consisting of eight experts has selected the four finalists teams of Kera Challenge. In the next phase, the finalists will receive 300 000 NOK to further develop their ideas and compete for becoming the winner of Kera Challenge. In addition, the finalists will have a chance to enroll to the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards to compete for additional Nordic prizes.



The four finalists receiving 300 000 NOK to further develop their ideas during spring 2016 are:

Co-Op City by BM-Architects, WSP, Designer Päivi Raivio and Setlementtiasunnot Oy

Kera Era by Studio Puisto Architects and Hukkatila

Kera Lane by Ramboll, HAMK and Rudus

Urban Incubator by LPR, GAIA and Elomatic

» Read jury’s full statement on Kera Challenge's first phase and decision on the finalists here!

» Check out further details of all Nordic Finalists on Nordic Built Cities Challenge website!

» Contact Raija Rinta-Erkkilä, Project Leader, Kera Development, S Group, for more information: raija.rinta-erkkila(at)



Phases of Kera Challenge

Kera Challenge has two phases. The first phase, open-call for solutions for the challenge ended 17th of December, 2015. The second phase will last for spring 2016, when four finalist teams will have a chance to further develop their solutions and compete for the title of Kera Challenge winner. The winner will be announced 16th of June.

A public pitching event will be held on the 26th of April from 4pm to 6:30pm, where all four finalist teams will present their solutions. Book the date on your calendar and have a look here soon for further details!

If you have any questions regarding the competition, contact risto.latti(at)

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