Housing Fair 2012 Tampere
The national Housing Fair 2012 was held in Tampere in the district of Vuores between 13th July and 12th August 2012.
Ideas and inspiration
The fair area had 39 homes that are open to the public and provide an overview of state-of-the-art developments in building design and construction. Examples include an ecological low-carbon-emitting wooden house, a home that supports the wellbeing of its residents, a functional house that is designed for active families with children, a modifiable loft semi-detached house, and a zero-energy house that is self-sufficient when in comes to energy production.
The focus of the Housing Fair was on architecturally modern detached houses that include unique designs and prefabricated house models. Construction materials include wood, stone, brick, and logs
The fair area also included ten apartments in semi-detached and terraced houses, and residential blocks. They vary in size from one-bedroom apartments to large family apartments. The fair area had examples of all forms of living, from owner-occupancy to rental and right-of-occupancy apartments.
The interior design of the apartments reflect the housing ideals of 2012. Homes combine an emphasis on ecology and harmony with rich colours, new design, and art. Special attention was given to the functional kitchens of the fair houses during the kitchen theme week from 23rd to 29th July.
Sustainable city living
The housing fair area is one of the first residential areas in the new suburb of Vuores, which is about seven kilometres from the centre of Tampere. Vuores is a unique blend of proximity to the natural world, high-quality architecture, a small-town spirit, ecological sensitivity, and cutting-edge technology.
Vuores promotes energy-efficient construction and the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power. Waste generated in the area is removed neatly along the unique waste collection pipe system, and energy-saving LED-technology is used in the street and park lighting. Extremely fast broadband connection facilitates smooth distance work. The area will have a high-quality cycling and walking route network and functional public transport services.
Storm waters will in the yards and parks be treated ecologically using natural retention and absorption, which protects the lakes in the surrounding areas. Gardening plots can be used to grow vegetables and berries – real local produce. Art will be present everywhere: in the parks and bridges, and integrated with the buildings.
Read more about Vuores: www.tampere.fi/english/vuores.html
The Housing Fair in Tampere was open daily between 13th July and 12th August 2012 from 10 to 18.
View a list of exhibitors (in Finnish)
Arriving at fair
The price of the group ticket was €16/person (€19/person for single tickets). The minimum size of the group is 15 persons and all members of the group must visit the fair at the same time. An advance reservation is required.
Groups should contact the group coordinator in advance. All reservations are confirmed by email.
On arrival, groups should report at the ticket booth at the main gate. The group leader verifies the final size of the group. Tickets can be paid for with the most commonly accepted credit cards, or in cash.
Presentations for groups
Free 30- and 10-minute presentations are offered to the groups.
The 30-minute presentation focuses on the Housing Fair organization and the Vuores area, and is organized on the fair area’s group facilities near the main gate. The route is signposted from the main gate.
The 10-minute presentation concentrates on the current housing fair and will be given by a guide at the fair area’s info point.
Group presentations are also available for groups of less than fifteen visitors. On request, the presentation can be held in Swedish or English.
Dining at the fair area
Restaurant services in the fair area are organized by Casseli Catering. To make group reservations in advance, contact: myynti(at)casseli.fi or Jenny Kira, tel. +358 (0)40 523 3422). Food will also be served at various cafés and kiosks in the area.
Tourism and accommodation tips
Colourful performances on large stages, intense atmosphere at sports fields and auditoriums, captivating mass events, and music from arias to crispy rock. Tampere is full of activities that should not be missed!
Other places to visit in Tampere include Särkänniemi Adventure Park, which is the most diverse destination for families with children, and dozens of museums. You can also take a refreshing cruise or go shopping in the city centre. Enjoy local or international cuisine at restaurants and cafés.
Tampere has plenty to offer for both short and longer stays. High-quality accommodation is available to suit all needs and preferences.
Main events during the Housing Fair:
Tammerfest 11th -15th July
Tampere Floral Festival 27th July – 4th August
Tampere International Salsa Festival 27th – 29th July
Tampere Theatre Festival 6th – 12th August
For more information about accommodation, destinations, and events, go to the official Tampere Region visitor website.