The third-place entry MDSUPR was created by the upcoming Russian architects Maxim Bataev and Anna Suprunova who have previously had success with participating in similar architect competitions in Tokyo, Venice and Cyprus in which Bataev won first price.
The project was created to depict elements of travel and movement such as seagulls, flights and clouds with its wave-shaped shelter system. The shelter system was to be produced in fibre cement and glass to add lightness to the structure and create an aesthetic consistent look. Additionally, the combination of fibre cement and glass will facilitate the inclusion of more natural light onto the platforms.
As Maxim himself expresses:
“Taking into account the long duration of twilights in the area, such structure is power saving”
This means that the construction will reduce the need for artificial lightning and, in the long term, save energy and money for the Malmi city area.
Furthermore, Bataev and Suprunova stress that the mythology of the genius Loci played an important role in the construction of the project. The Genius Loci refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere and is often mentioned in connection with architecture as it is considered to be the protective spirit of a place.
According to the jury, MDSUPR has its strength in the very clean design and firm repetition which, in a very elegant way, covers large areas such as station platforms.
MDSUPR - video by Maxim Bataev and Anna Supronova
From idea to prototype
What do the architects say about their entry?
Their idea, the incorporatation of different elements of travel and movement, originates from the Russian architectural ‘school’ where architects often combine elements from nature and landscape etc. to create an unified image. Bataev further explains that seagulls and flights are all connected to journey which he believes to be the essence of the Malmi station as well. He further desribes that participating in competitions such as Bullhorn entails the understanding of both the features of the location and the mentality of the people living there. This was also what made the transformation of the urban transit area of the Malmi station a rather complex process but at the same time a very interesting process.