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Rauma – Active Hubs on the Coast

Rauma – Active Hubs on the Coast is a series of pre planning proposals developed following the principles outlined in the new masterplan for Rauma. Continuing the theme of reconnecting the different parts of the city of Rauma into a coherent yet diverse whole, a series of proposals were developed.

One of them investigates the residential opportunities in two coastal sites in the Rauma city region, Telakkanranta and Vanha Lahti, following the guidelines of the 2016 strategic plan for the Rauma Masterplan 2025. The pre plan for the Fåfänga area, in turn, proposes the development of a recreational area with an opportunity for lodging and accommodation supplemented with services on the coast within a short distance from the center of the city.


Fåfänga is an interesting recreational area close to the Rauma city-center, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Finland, and an attractive tourist destination. Within a 10-minute ride from the old town of Rauma, it offers sports facilities and an opportunity to enjoy the nature in the beautiful coastal landscape. An existing camping site and a marina, at the edges of Fåfänga reinforce the attractiveness of the area, both for local users and tourists.    

The pre plan proposes to create a hotel and spa facilities in the beautiful coastal site, to be connected to the existing beach sauna, outdoor swimming pool and a dancing pavilion. To maximise the views and the access to the waterfront, the design proposes a series of smaller units strategically placed in the landscape. Preserving the existing trees as much as possible, the arrangement and the small scale of the individual units also offers privacy to the guests.  

The units are arranged along a path following the natural sloping of the terrain. With a direct access from the path each unit features a large, glazed facades and a protected terrace facing the sea. Each unit is composed of two or three modules providing accommodation for up to four guests. The modules can also be combined for accommodating larger groups. Placed by the entrance to the site, there is a two floor hotel building that offers shared facilities for all visitor to enjoy. Together the hotel and the smaller individual form a modern camping grounds that offers very private individual units and supported by a generous array of communal services place in a separate building.  

Further out along the path on the cape of the Fåfänga peninsula, a new spa is proposed to be located next to the existing sauna. The facilities of the sauna are divided in two smaller volumes, embracing the existing sauna building and opening with a view towards the sea. With pitched roofs and stepped facades, the spa and the expanded sauna connect with the lodging units forming a unified whole. 

The lodging units and the spa facilities have a wooden structure and facades clad in larch. Left untreated or painted in dark and traditional red shades, they merge with the landscape and with the colors of the existing buildings in the area. The floors and interiors, also in wood, create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, offering an experience of abiding in a forest by the sea.


Telakkanranta is located close to the harbor district of Rauma, on the west side of the city center. A canal in the area offers an opportunity to imagine a new compact neighborhood next to sea facilities, like a new marina and beaches. Four housing blocks with shared central courtyards compose a denser core along the canal, while single-family houses and two-story buildings are arranged in the external wings. In the area along the canal, housing blocks with 3-4 stories are paired with 2-3 story townhouses, that have independent access from the canal banks or from the semi-private courtyards.  

The apartment blocks have active ground floors with small shops, boutiques and ateliers, creating a vibrant environment for inhabitants and city users or tourists. An inviting human scale is offered through a thoughtful arrangement of private and public spaces, services and private courtyards. The wooden facades painted in bright colors, the pitched roofs and the thick window frames create a diverse and attractive streetscape where people can stop and interact.   

Vanha Lahti

Vanha Lahti is a low-scale residential development along a new artificial canal in the Salinkedonlahti bay, a in an area that is currently forest and agricultural land. The area is organized in elongated lots with access from a new street and open on the canal.  On each lot, there is a two-story single-family house with two annexes, one on the street side, and the other on the water side. These smaller elements can be used for multiple purposes, serving flexibly as car sheds, ateliers, guest rooms, storages, garages or boat sheds, according to the owners’ needs. 

On the water front, also short docks can be built for motorboats, to access the area from the sea. The canal leads to a communal green area, with open-air sports facilities, paths in the forest, and a small café.  

The houses are proposed to be built with a wooden structure and clad with wooden facades left untreated or tarred.  

For more information about related projects in Rauma, see

  • HERE for the masterplan with a focus on reconnecting the neighborhoods of Rauma and
  • HERE for the proposal for making the Old Town of Rauma more accessible.

Rauma, Finland


direct commission

City of Rauma

Anssi Lassila



4 500 m2

Teresa Frausin



44 000 m2 (Telakkaranta); 22 000 m2 (Vanha Lahti)

Teresa Frausin, Anne Kaivo-oja