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Old March 19th, 2016, 08:37 PM   #1
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Halvoo, Finland - a SketchUp city

This is Halvoo (Halvöby in Swedish), a fictional city on the southern coast of Finland. It will be set in an alternate reality, where Finns aren’t afraid of high rise buildings. Also it will be more compact than an actual Finnish city this size would be. That’s to make it possible for me to reach the suburbs some time – though I probably never will get to modeling the suburbs. The planned area is 10 km x 10 km, about 100 times more than what I covered with Bourne – and that took me years.

To introduce you to the city, here’s a short recap of its history. I’ve tried to make it in line with the actual history of Finland, but I’ve used artistic freedom here and there.

Chronological history

11th century:
First signs of permanent settlement on Halvoonniemi cape.

15th century:
Halvoonkylä trade village is located at approximately the current downtown area.

1674:
Halvoo is given city rights.

1760’s:
Halvoonlinna, a fort protecting the harbor, is completed.

1829:
The latest great fire destroys most of the city. A new grid plan is drawn for the city by Carl Olof Cederfelt.

1850:
Map_1850 by Vellu04, on Flickr

1882:
New South Port is opened to replace the cramped Old Port.

1893:
Railway from Helsinki to Turku is opened and Halvoo Station is one stop along the way. A branch line continues to the port.

1900:
Map_1900 by Vellu04, on Flickr

1940-44:
Some of the buildings and even whole blocks are destroyed in Soviet bombings during WWII. Damage to the city and its population is not extensive.

1949:
A new port for oil transportation is opened on Isoniemi cape just south of Halvoonniemi cape.

1950:
Map_1950 by Vellu04, on Flickr

1959:
Halvoo airport is opened.

1964:
Highway bypassing the city center is opened. Later it becomes a part of Helsinki – Turku highway.

1968:
University of Halvoo is founded.

1980:
Map_1980 by Vellu04, on Flickr

1987:
New highway bypassing the city from south side is completed.

1992:
Halvoo Port is opened to replace the South Port and later the Isoniemi Port. Redevelopment of the old port area begins.

2015:
Map_2015 by Vellu04, on Flickr
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Old March 19th, 2016, 08:38 PM   #2
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Old March 19th, 2016, 08:38 PM   #3
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Start of modeling: the Market Square. It is located on the north side of the Old Port - which nowadays mostly has only ships converted to restaurants at berth; the one active ship being the ferry to the Halvoonlinna fortress. From spring to autumn, the Market Square is very active with vendors selling fresh Finnish food and souvenirs. There are also many outdoor cafés at the square.

The Market Hall is just to the west.

Section001_pic01 by Vellu04, on Flickr

Skyscraper enthusiasm hit Halvoo in the 1920's. This building, Apollontorni, at the corner of Kirkkokatu and Nikolainkatu streets, was one of the highrises constructed during that decade. It's 62 meters tall.

Section001_pic02 by Vellu04, on Flickr
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Old March 20th, 2016, 08:35 PM   #4
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Wow dude, amazing!
I love that you did maps and a historical expansion of the city.

Btw, perhaps you could attach a photo showing the area's placement on the map with every update. It took me a while to figure out where the area you were working on was, and I'm sure many non-port areas will be harder to guess. Because I think it really adds to it.
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Old April 15th, 2016, 04:48 PM   #5
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Wow dude, amazing!
I love that you did maps and a historical expansion of the city.

Btw, perhaps you could attach a photo showing the area's placement on the map with every update. It took me a while to figure out where the area you were working on was, and I'm sure many non-port areas will be harder to guess. Because I think it really adds to it.
Thanks! I originally thought to show the city in context with the map every time I finish a 1 sq km section, but I will try to remember to do that, if I present a view which is not easily located on the map.

Here's a couple of former port warehouses converted to a congress center (the Satama Congress Center) and small restaurants / shops. The Laituri 1 ("Pier One") restaurant at the tip of that pier offers its customers delicious dishes as well as great views of the city.

Section001_pic03 by Vellu04, on Flickr

Couple of blocks by the sea.

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Buildings along the Merikatu street.

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Old April 17th, 2016, 12:22 AM   #6
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Great as always, Vellu!
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Brilliant Vellu! I love your details and realism, the city appears naturally planned. I want to visit it!
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Old April 24th, 2016, 06:30 PM   #8
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Good pics!
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Beautiful so realistic!
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Old May 14th, 2016, 02:47 PM   #10
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Thanks for the comments!

More blocks completed:

Section001_pic06 by Vellu04, on Flickr

Looking at Merikatu 35, a residential building from the 1920's. It's 47 m tall, which makes it one of Halvoo's pre-war highrises.

Section001_pic07 by Vellu04, on Flickr

A view from Rantapuisto park.

Section001_pic08 by Vellu04, on Flickr

The Teuermann department store is the largest and most expensive department store in Halvoo. It was founded by German merchant Rudolf Teuermann, who came to Finland in the 1880's. The current building was completed in the 1910's and originally occupied about two thirds of the block. The store has since expanded, and with the extension completed in the 1980's, it now occupies the whole block.

Across the Kirkkokatu street is one of Halvoo's pre-war highrises. The headquarters of Untamo insurance company, built in the 1930's, is 55 meters tall.

Section001_pic09 by Vellu04, on Flickr
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I love this!
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Old May 14th, 2016, 11:44 PM   #12
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Damn. This is amazing. Years ago I thought about creating a city in 3ds Max because I got frustrated with the limitations of SimCity 4.

But I'd never have the patience for something like this. I'm impressed by the amount of detail you've put into this like railway connections to neighbouring cities, history etc.
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Thanks for the comments!

City Center is an office and retail complex from the 1960's. The offices are housed in the towers, while the base contains retail space and and a parking garage. The taller north tower is 83 meters tall. The developers actually named the complex in English to make it "feel more urban".

Whole block of older buildings was torn down to make way for it, so it was one of the main reasons why most of the remaining pre-war buildings in the city center were preserved in the late 1970's.

Section001_pic10 by Vellu04, on Flickr

City Center in the skyline.

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A view from the Cathedral Square.

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Another couple of blocks completed. No landmarks here.

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Old June 12th, 2016, 09:30 PM   #14
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Looking nice as always!

When will we see the cathedral?
Did it survive the fire of 1829?
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Looking nice as always!

When will we see the cathedral?
Did it survive the fire of 1829?
He didn't say anything about a cathedral. I think you're referring to the fort.
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He didn't say anything about a cathedral. I think you're referring to the fort.
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A view from the Cathedral Square.
Since the city has a "cathedral square", I also guess it will have a cathedral.
In the maps posted in the fist post, a cross (church) is also marked in the end of the square. He hasn't explicitly mentioned the cathedral, but all evidence points towards it
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Since the city has a "cathedral square", I also guess it will have a cathedral.
In the maps posted in the fist post, a cross (church) is also marked in the end of the square. He hasn't explicitly mentioned the cathedral, but all evidence points towards it
I was thinking that was the fort, since there is no other marking on the map that is suggestive of a fort.
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The fort appears in the south in the 1950-map
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These are awesome - amazing that these are done in Sketchup!
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