Maker Lab in logistics centre

MADE IN KERA is a proposal to develop Kera logistics site as Maker Lab – a test ground for innovative construction.

Being at the doorstep of one of the largest R&D community in Nordics, Kera can offer an ideal experimentation ground for testing various activities and innovations in the fields of recycling, innovative construction and cleantech. Maker Lab spaces and facilities serve the science and start up community as a physical space to create, live, design, construct and innovate.

Place-making and using existing build infrastructure are the key elements of the proposal. The existing logistics hangar is temporary re-used and becomes the major place of innovation – the Maker Lab. The other buildings are demolished, materials are up-cycled, and space is opened for new inventive housing typologies.

Maker Lab contains all the segments of the construction industry, from concept to implementation: innovators work out new architectural typologies in the design lab; startups collaborate and test their ideas; future residents meet in the customization lab and “do it yourself” workshops. There is enough space to store the materials and produce the building elements. The Maker Lab fills the gap between those who produce housing and those who use it. It brings the mass housing industry to the next level. Meanwhile, in the other parts of the Kera site, long lasting effect, yet low cost temporary initiatives are being implemented to brand the site and to create inviting space.

During the Kera logistics centre transformation process the community is involved from the very initial phase, temporality is long lasting and building industry services, new designs and products are directly created, tested and implemented on the Kera site. They could contribute solving region’s environmental challenges and could be exported to any other construction hot spot in Finland, Europe or planet overall.


Title: Made in Kera
Type: The Nordic Built Cities Challenge international competition
Location:  Espoo, Finland
Site: 22 hectare industrial park to be transformed into a liveable neighbourhood
Date: 2015
Team: Tadas Jonauskis, Justina Muliuolytė, Edita Gumauskaitė, Mantautas Šulskus, Džiugas Lukoševičius, Rugilė Andziukevičiūtė, Mindaugas Danys