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Viiskulma Art Competition

The City of Lahti organises an open single-stage art competition between 1 April and 14 August 2020. The competition invites proposals for artworks for Lahti’s Viiskulma Square – the area demarcated by Vesijärvenkatu, Kirkkokatu and Päijänteenkatu.
Viiskulma square and behind it the street Vesijärvenkatu.

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Competition proposals must be submitted to: Niina Savolainen, Lahti-Piste, Shopping Center Trio, Aleksanterinkatu 18, 15140 LAHTI.

If you have already submitted your competition proposal and you are unsure whether the proposal has been received, please contact Niina Savolainen, Lahti-Piste's service manager:
+358444826291 or Lahti-Piste - Lahti Service Market,, 03 814 2355.

In addition, you can contact Aura Lehtonen, the Competition Ombudsman of the Finnish Artists' Association, in case of possible mailing problems or if you suspect that there are problems with mailing: +358 50 434 4280,

Please note that the competition ends on Friday 14 August 2020 at 15:00!

​The City of Lahti is inviting proposals for works for the Viiskulma Square, which will serve as a central gateway to the new Lahti Art, Poster and Design Museum LAD, which opens in the end of 2021. The museum is going to be housed in the Mallasjuoma brewery’s old factory site on Päijänteenkatu and in the new building to be constructed adjacent to it.

The proposed works must establish a unique identity for the square, attract interest in the new museum and guide visitors to it. The objective is to create an inviting and lush art square as part of the Lahti art axis, which starts at Matkakeskus and follows Rautatienkatu.

In 2021, Lahti will be the European Green Capital, which is why the proposed work must take environmental considerations into account.

Competition schedule

The competition will begin on 1 April 2020. The proposals for the works must be submitted by the end of the competition period, 14 August 2020 at 3 p.m, at the latest.

The decision on the winner will be made by Friday, 18 September 2020. The results will be announced at a news conference, which at the same time will open an exhibition based on the competition.


If a number of proposals corresponding to the number of prizes are submitted within the competition period, the following prizes will be awarded:
I prize EUR 6,000
II prize EUR 4,000
III prize EUR 2,000

The judging committee has the right to distribute the amount reserved for the prizes differently, as long as the total prize amount remains the same.

Questions related to the competition

The competition secretary, art coordinator Anu Miettinen will provide more information on the practicalities of the competition. Contact details, +358 44 482 6490. Further questions on the competition proposals can be addressed to the mediator by sending an e-mail to or by calling +358 50 434 4280.

Questions can be submitted during two periods.
Period I: 11 May – 5 June 2020, questions will be answered by 18 June.
Period 1 answers, 16.6.2020
Period II: 20 July – 31 July 2020, questions will be answered during the week beginning on 3 August.
Period 2 answers, 3.8.2020

After the question period has ended, the questions will be answered on this website within two weeks.

Judging committee

The judging committee is formed by
Päivi Airas, Planning Architect, Lahti City, Urban Planning
Elisa Lindell, Regional Art Museum Researcher, Lahti City Museum
Paula Korte, Curator, Lahti City Museum
Elina Ojala, Environmental Director, City of Lahti, Environmental Development
Tanja Keskitalo, Producer, Malski, Kinos Property Investment Oy
The Artists' Association of Finland has appointed the following professional artists as members of the committee
Merja Puustinen, visual artist
Anni Laakso, sculptor
The secretary of the committee is art coordinator Anu Miettinen.


The judging committee evaluates the entries on the basis of their artistic quality and capacity to create experiences. The assessment draws attention to the kind of physical place the work creates, how it is placed in its surroundings, how it speaks to the people passing by and how it directs them towards the new museum. The assessment also considers how the work accounts for environmental aspects and people moving around in the area (walking, cycling, emergency access road).

The judging committee also assesses the feasibility, safety and maintenance costs of the work.

Competition documents

Competition programme
Base map 1:700 (A3)
Aerial view/Orthoimage 1:700 (A3)
Current town plan 1:700 (A3)
Main plan notations and regulations (A4)
Viiskulma general layout
Viiskulma standard cross-sections
Base map material (dwg)
Images of the Viiskulma Square 
Technical conditions, complements the competition programme, English language version added 25.5.2020
Period 1 answers, 16.6.2020
Period 2 answers, 3.8.2020

More information related to the competition, added on 31.7.2020

By participating in the competition, I agree the registration of my personal data in the register of the Viiskulma Art Competition.

An exhibition of the proposals of the Lahti Viiskulma Art Competition will be held in the autumn, October-November 2020, we will announce the exhibition in more detail in September.

The competition proposals can be picked up from Lahti-Piste during its opening hours between 10.12.2020-31.01.2021 or the competitor can send instructions on how to return the proposals by e-mail to the competition secretary, art coordinator Anu Miettinen by 31.12.2020. The competitor pays the postage for the submitted proposals. Proposals not collected after 31.01.2020 will be destroyed in accordance with the competition rules.