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Old June 14th, 2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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HELSINKI | Projects & Construction

HELSINKI - A SUMMARY OF PROJECTS AND CONSTRUCTION GOING ON IN THE FINNISH CAPITAL

Welcome to the projects and construction thread of one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Some of these projects are among the biggest construction projects in Europe.

Since the docks moved out of the inner city and further west to Vuosaari, huge swathes of land in very central locations have now been freed up for development. These seaside sites pretty much form a ring around the Helsinki peninsula (as seen in the picture below). The Principal development projects are Kalasatama (Fish Harbour), Länsisatama (West Harbour, devided into Jätkäsaari and Hernesaari), Pasila, Kruunuvuorenranta and the almost finished Arabianranta.



Model (picture by Finnish forumer Janne_H):



These projects will radically alter the face of the city and enlarge the inner city vastly both geographically and population wise.

KALASATAMA

Status: Under Construction
Type: Residential/Office/Leisure
Construction schedule: 2009-2030s
20,000 residents
5,000-7,000 housing units
8,000 jobs
Housing: 720,000m2
Business premises: 535,000m2
Services: 45,000m2
Travel time to the city centre by metro: 7 minutes
New parks and green space
Shopping mall
Construction: 2009-2030

Kalasatama will offer both rental and owner-occupied apartments, as well as housing for students and seniors. Eight high-rises will be built (the first on starting construction this year) of which six will be residential, one a hotel and one office space. They will be 20-33 floors high, the tallest one reaching 126m.

From the official website:

Waste management

The logistics of Kalasatama will be eased with an automated vacuum waste collection system. Covering the whole area, the piping connects to the Kalasatama waste collection point, which will be located in the centre of the area.

Residents carry sorted waste from their domicile to the waste collection point of their building. There are trap doors for mixed waste, biodegradable waste and paper and carton, with sorted waste automatically suctioned into the pipe work, greatly improving the convenience of waste transportation.

Public transport:

Orange - current metro
Green - current tram
Blue - current bus routes
Red - future tram



The area will also be connected by several new roads and bridges, including the Kruunuvuori Bridge.

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Dated picture, but gives a nice overview of of the area:



Newer ones:









Site of the central high-rise district currently:



Website (in English): http://en.uuttahelsinkia.fi/areas/1/kalasatama
Webcam: http://www.kalasatamankeskus.fi/rakentaminen


LÄNSISATAMA (JÄTKÄSAARI & HERNESAARI)

JÄTKÄSAARI

Type: Residential/Office/Business/Cruise Terminal
Status: Under Construction
Land area: 100 ha
Parks: 19,8 ha
Travel time to Helsinki center: 5–10 minutes
Total floor area:
Residential buildings 600,000 m2
Business and services 300,000 m2
Residents: 17,000
Jobs: 6,000
Construction: 2009–2025

From the official website:

"Overlooking the beautiful open sea, the modern precinct of Jätkäsaari is currently under construction on a southern peninsula recently vacated by a cargo port – only minutes away from the centre of Helsinki."

Transport

"In the planning of Jätkäsaari, particular attention was given to the development of a comprehensive network of pedestrian and cycle paths, as well as a smooth public transport system, primarily trams. At present, Jätkäsaari can be reached by bus and by tram, with a metro station in close proximity located in the neighbouring area of Ruoholahti."

Video (Jätkäsaari & Hernesaari)



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(ware house conversion, "Bunkkeri")








Northern part of the construction site by kudrdima on flickr, current
look of Bunkkeri (extreme left).




HERNESAARI

Type: Residential/Office/Cruise Terminal
Status: Approved
Current surface area: 33 ha
Additional landfill: 11 ha
Seaside park area: 6 ha
Residential floor area: 210,000 floor m²
Other floor area: 190,000 floor m²
Residents: 5,100
Jobs: 3,800
Construction: 2020–2030

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PASILA

Pasila is an area located 3.5km north of the city centre. It is home to 8400 people, the YLE (the Finnish state owned broadcasting company) and the second largest train station in Helsinki. Pasila consists mostly of 70s concrete apartment and office buildings, and is well connected to the rest of the city by train-, tram- and bus lines.

Type: Office/Residential
Status: Proposed/Planning
Floors: 15-40
Residents: 20 000
Jobs: 50 000
Construction: ?-2040
Transport: New metro line and tram lines


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Some apartment/office buildings are already under construction or completed:








KRUUNUVUORENRANTA


Currently an oil depot this area opposite the city centre will connected to the inner city by the Kruunuvuori Bridge.


Type: Residential
Status: Under Construction
Residential buildings: 500 000m²
Business and services: 50 000m²
Residents: 11 000
Jobs: 1000
Housing quarters, traffic areas: 95ha
Recreation and nature areas: 106ha
Construction: 2012-2025


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ARABIANRANTA


Arabianranta (Coast of Arabia) is an old industrial area and once home to Arabia - at one time the biggest ceramics factory in Europe. The old factory now houses facilities for the Helsinki University of Art and Design, one of the highest ranking art and design schools in Europe. The area is home to many students and schools. Since 2006 almost all residents can enjoy free internet through the local optical fibre cable internet connection. Arabianranta was an industrial waste land until the mid 1990s when construction of new homes started. The construction of Arabianranta was a pilot project for the far larger Kalasatama project, and once completed these two development areas will form one new part of the inner city.


Type: Residential/Education
Status: Under Construction
Residents: 7000
Jobs: 8000
Students: 6000
Transport: Tram- and bus- lines.
Construction: Early 1990s-2014


Pictures


By Tuomas Uusheimo


By Jari Kippola


TELAKKARANTA


This is an old dock which will be redeveloped.

Type: Commercial/Leisure/Residential
Status: In Progress
Architect: Lundgaard & Tranberg
Area: 2ha
Residents: 400
Office- and Commercial space: 20 000m²
Culture space: 7000m²
Construction: ?


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TÖÖLÖNLAHTI


The southern shore of Töölönlahti Bay and the old goods yard of the Central Railway Station is currently undergoing redevelopment. A new canal going south from the bay to the train station will be constructed. In addition to that a row of office buildings are currently under construction along the railway. The recently completed Helsinki Music Centre is also located in this area, and in a not too distant future the Helsinki City Library will rise just a stone's throw away. A new park and public space will also be constructed. Töölönlahti Bay is home to a number of cultural institutions like the famous Finlandia Hall by Alvar Aalto, the National Museum, The Kiasma Museum of Modern Art and a small exhibition space, the head quarters of Helsingin Sanomat (the largest news paper in the Nordic region), and until recently there were plans to build a Guggenheim museum here, however, these plans have since been abandoned.


Type: Culture/Office/Park
Status: Under Construction/Approved/Completed
Construction: 2008-2017 (?)


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Helsinki Central Library (Approved)







Updates by Finnish forumer Janne_H







The Helsinki Music Centre (completed 2011)






KEILANIEMI


Keilaniemi is a business park located 8 km from Helsinki city centre, and many large corporations have their head quarters here: Nokia, Kone, Neste Oil, Fortum but also smaller companies like Rovio Entertainment (creators of Angry Birds). This area is going to see some major redevelopment in the coming years. A new metro station will open in Keilaniemi in 2015 and four new high-rise buildings will be constructed. The Ring I ring way will be buried and a new park created on top of it.


Type: Office/Residential
Status: Proposed (metro station u/c)
Construction: 2015 (?)


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Keilarantatower | 111m | 26fl | Proposed








Tapiola Towers | 40fl | 36fl | 32fl | Proposed









OTHER PROJECTS


Marriott Helsinki Westend Hotel | 70.7m | 18fl | U/C



Located in the posh area of Westend. Keilaniemi in the background.




Kämp Tower | 113.5m | 34fl | Proposed/Refused

If ever built it will form part of the Jätkäsaari development.

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Leijonatorni (Lion Tower) | 120m | 35fl | Proposed

Finnish businessman Harry "Hjallis" Harkimo wants to build this high-rise next to the Hartwall Areena in Pasila in Helsinki. As Pasila is reserved for high-rise buildings this will probably go ahead.










Avia Tower | 76m | 21fl | Approved

Located 3 km from the airport and 16 km from the city centre.




Ferris Wheel | 55m | Approved

This ferris wheel will be erected in the city centre by the Market Square. Construction should start in 2014.




Floating pools, café and public space| Approved

This project will be constructed by Korjaamo Group next to the ferris wheel.




Platta| Proposed

Another floating swimming centre/restaurant is planned for Töölönöahti Bay.



Lauttasaarentie 1 | 6fl | Approved

A new apartment building will replace a tired looking 1970s building in the island suburb of Lauttasaari. The building will be located right next to Lauttasaari Bridge by the sea.






Cloud City Helsinki | Proposed

A glass building consisting of cubes stacked on top of each other is proposed to be built in the courtyard of an old ware house in the district of Punavuori in the inner city.






Redevelopment of Eteläsatama | Proposed/Planning

Eteläsatama (south harbour) is the show piece of Helsinki. It is the heart of the empire city with the cathedral at its centre. Yet this area, due to the cruise ferries which dock here, is still partly dominated by ware houses, terminal buildings and disconnected pools of sea water. In the future Eteläsatama will be more connected and pleasant with new parks, seaside boulevards and buildings.

Some of the different plans:










Gigahertsi | Approved

New medium sized shopping mall for the suburb of Herttoniemi.




The United States Embassy | U/C

A new wing for the United States Embassy, located in the heart of Helsinki.






City Center | U/C/Completed

The City Center office block, commonly referred to as Makkaratalo (Sausage House) due to the sausage-like concrete structure running around the building is undergoing redevelopment. The "sausage" was originally a ramp leading to a car park, but is now used as a bar and terrace. City Center was built in the 1970s and is now given a complete makeover. The Citykäytävä "arcade" has been given a face lift and new shops have been built. At street level there will be new shop frontages and the whole of Keskuskatu (Central Street) will be pedestrianized.

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The already pedestrianized part. On the left the Stockmann department
store, the largest in the Nordic region.


By Akseli Niemelä


Sipoonranta

Sipoonranta is a suburb of Helsinkim located some 21 km from the city centre. This development started in 2009 and will be completed by 2014. By then there will be 250 homes in the area.

Picture by Finnish forumer Satama.





Old police station will be demolished and replaced with apartments. City centre.




Espoo Revontuli | Approved

Apartment buildings in the suburb of Tapiola.




Alberga Business Park | Approved

New offices in the suburb of Leppävaara.






Vantaa City of Culture (Moby Dick)
Music and Dance center
Heureka science park extension including a learning centre, a 3D giant-screen theatre and a science shop called Heureka Shop
Museums (most likely at least the Aviation museum)
Hotel
Offices
64 000 sqm
Construction: 2011-2014

Renders






Stockmann Tapiola | Proposed

New development in the suburb of Tapiola. It will sit on a metro- and bus station.

Renders








Itäkeskus | Proposed

Itäkeskus (centre of the east) is the largest shopping mall in the Nordic region and will now expand again.

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Old June 14th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #2
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Now you know some of what's going on in Helsinki. I will post more later

I encourage other (Finnish) forumers to add projects and post updates as well!
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Good job, Mr Bricks!

I have one thing to add: Töölön Stage housing block, under construction (about halfway through).



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Old June 15th, 2013, 11:57 AM   #4
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Thanks Propel! I really like those buildings, they are strikingly modern yet traditional with those pitched roofs and chimneys.
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Old June 18th, 2013, 01:58 PM   #5
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Great Work, Mr Bricks! I lived for one month in Helsinki this year, really like to see where this city is going to. Was a good month . Keep us informed!
There is so much great constructioin work going on.
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A Finnish-British team won the Kruunusillat competition

City of Helsinki announces the winner of Kruunusillat competition
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The winner is a light cable stayed bridge that fits into the seascape



The winner of the Kruunusillat bridge competition is an entry called Gemma Regalis. The entry was submitted by a Finnish-British team gathered by WSP Finland. Sami Niemelä and Pekka Pulkkinen, Masters of Science in Engineering, are chief designers and Martin Knight is chief architect.

The main bridge in the winning entry is a cable stayed bridge. The cable stay construction makes the bridge very light and airy. The bridge deck, which is supported from above, is an impressive gate on the open sea. “An undeniable merit is that the bridge does not break the seascape very much thanks to the open space underneath it. The bridge bends beautifully and lightly across the water of Kruunuvuorenselkä”, says Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri, who was chairman of the jury.

The City is planning an important public transport link from Kruunuvuorenranta to the centre of Helsinki. The idea is that a tram, bicycle and pedestrian bridge should connect Kalasatama and Kruunuvuorenranta. No decision has yet been made on the implementation of a connection; the purpose of the competition was to determine what kind of bridge solutions would be feasible.
The bridge will be ~1,3km in length and link the new under development district of Kruunuvuorenranta to the city centre via Kalasatama district. It will also connect to the city zoo of Korkeasaari.

The bridge will provide transport connection via a tram line and also cater to pedestrians as well as cyclists, but the bridge will have no room for cars.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 01:54 PM   #7
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CITY OF HELSINKI
Introducing Major Urban Development Projects

http://www.uuttahelsinkia.fi/sites/d...013_high_0.pdf
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A quick update june 2013.
West harbour.

Fish harbour.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/formatura/with/9129279344/
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Great work guys!

Are those your pictures propel?


Regarding the "Kruunusillat Bridge"

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/repo...-helsinki/2133
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Should this thread also include infrastructure and public transport projects?

Btw, here is a link to the Helsinki Metro thread http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...1609140&page=2
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Old July 4th, 2013, 06:47 PM   #11
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Most of the big developments in Helsinki are somehow connected to public transportation. The bridge, Tikkurila, new west metro stations...So it seems perfectly natural to include them in this thread.
Those are not my pics
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Helsinki is a lovely city, one of my favorite destinations.

It is very clean and compact, yet with a cosmopolitan feel.
Stockholm is my favorite city in Europe and Helsinki comes as a close 2nd.
In fact Stockholm and Helsinki share many similarities.

Copenhagen and Oslo are both nice but they do not compare to Stockholm and Helsinki in any way.

Stockholm is so beautiful, so sophisticated and so elegant.
copenhagen and oslo have no chance competing to stockholm.

Stockholm is and will forever be the NYC of Scandinavia.

Some new friends of mine in Sweden told me to take the ferry over to Helsinki, Finland.
So I did and OMG I found hipster heaven.
Helsinki is very beautiful, much like Stockholm but what really makes this city different is the strong and visible hipster scene.

I got carried away and ended up snorting teqila the way hipsters do in Helsinki. It was crazy.
All in all, Stockholm is and forever will be the capital of Scandinavia (so Grand and magestic)
Helsinki is by far the coolest and edgiest (very hipster-friendly)
Copenhagen is expensive and small compared to Stockholm, and even Helsinki.
Oslo really is an armpit of europe. why? Look at a map.
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Nordic cities

The nordic countries together have appr. 25 million people, less than half of England, so to compare any one nordic city to NY is a little over-enthusiastic.
Clearly, Stockholm and Copenhagen, both with 1,5 - 2 mill. people in their conurbation areas are the two largest, roughly equal sized cities.
To me, it appears that you try to secure a third position for Helsinki through bein antipathetic towards Oslo. I never was in Helsinki, so I can´t take a stance.
You are right that Stockholm is probably the most stylish and traditionally cosmopolitan city of the nordic countries (I was there too).
About Oslo (where I studied and lived for 10 yeas), I would only say that it is (unless there was a change in the last three months) percentually the fastest growing city in Europe. I can also offer something which none of the other three cities can offer, the situation between the ocean bay and tall surrounding hills with multiple natural outlook points.
For those curious, I can suggest the metro-compilation for Oslo at this very internet-site.
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The nordic countries together have appr. 25 million people, less than half of England, so to compare any one nordic city to NY is a little over-enthusiastic.
Clearly, Stockholm and Copenhagen, both with 1,5 - 2 mill. people in their conurbation areas are the two largest, roughly equal sized cities.
Well Helsinki has larger city and urban population to Copenhagen, but metro population is indeed much larger than Helsinki.
As far as population increase goes, all Nordics capitals are doing great there. Like you can see from the above projects in Helsinki, there's a lot going on in the city center on the next 20 years that will transform and add a lot mass, same can be said about Oslo.


Btw thanks to Bricks for opening the thread!

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YIT PROPOSED AS THE BUILDER OF THE CENTRAL PASILA CENTRE IN FINLAND

An evaluation team appointed by the City of Helsinki and the Finnish state is proposing that YIT be named as the winner of the design and implementation tender for the Central Pasila centre in Helsinki, Finland. The results of the competition will be confirmed by way of a decision of the Helsinki City Council, the Board of Directors of Senate Properties and the Parliament of Finland during 2013.

YIT’s tender proposal includes the new Tripla centre to be built in the railway yard area to be freed up in the Central Pasila area, which will combine East and West Pasila. Building rights of approximately 183,000 square metres will be zoned in the area, and the total value of the project is approximately EUR 1 billion. The construction of the project will begin when the local plan is confirmed, which is estimated to take place in 2015, and it will be implemented in phases over approximately 10 years. The project will employ almost 900 persons per year at the site at most, not forgetting other favourable indirect effects.
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The concept of YIT’s competition entry has been created by the Dutch architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.). The Finnish architect and main designer of the project is Inter-Arch Architecture Oy.
http://www.globenewswire.com/news-re...n-Finland.html



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Looks massive. Can't wait for more detailed plans
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Can't tell which project is the most awesome.
Seems there is more construction ongoing and planned in Helsinki compared to two- or even three times bigger cities in Europe
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From the Nordic section:

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Guggenheim Foundation Presents a New Proposal for a Guggenheim Helsinki

Key Facts about the Revised Proposal

Guggenheim has reduced its annual operations fee and tied that number to the achievement of a set goal for yearly attendance.
The licensing fee will be funded by private sources.
The proposal includes a 10 percent decrease in annual operating costs and a 4 percent increase in annual revenue.
A Guggenheim Helsinki is expected to bring 41 million euros in annual economic impact,creating 103-111 jobs at the museum itself and 340-380 jobs elsewhere in the State as well asgenerating a net total of 3 million euros in additional annual tax revenue benefiting Finland,Helsinki, and other cities in the surrounding area.
A Guggenheim Helsinki would be a stand alone institution. The Helsinki Art Museum is no longer connected to the project.
A fully funded architectural competition for the new building would be conducted through an open and international process.
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Jätkäsaari to be home to Finland’s tallest wooden apartment buildings.
The Helsinki Housing Production Department ATT has commissioned eight-storey apartment buildings for the new Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki. The buildings will have a total of 98 apartments for rent. --SVR will begin construction in the spring of 2014, and the buildings are scheduled for completion in 2015.
The apartment buildings are part of a larger Wood City concept. Wood City is a unique wooden construction project in Finland undertaken by Stora Enso in collaboration with SRV. The plan for Wood City includes office, hotel and commercial buildings. Special attention will be paid to solutions that enhance energy efficiency in the design and construction.
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And in other (completely unnecessary) news: Helsinki is the world's most honest city.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...llet-test.html

It is a classic conundrum and a yardstick of morality - if you found an abandoned wallet, would you give it back?

But while everyone would have their own reasons for keeping or returning a lost item, a new study has revealed which cities worldwide have the best record for acts of honesty.
A total of 16 cities - including New York, London and Mumbai - were put to the test when 12 wallets were dropped in prominent places containing family photographs, contact details and the equivalent of £30 in cash.

Finnish capital city Helsinki returned 11 of its wallets, while in Lisbon, Portugal, only one of the wallets was returned - by a couple on holiday from Holland.
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New renders of Kalasatama Center.






http://laituri.hel.fi/fi/node/647/image_gallery
http://taloforum.fi/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=946&start=195
http://www.kalasatamankeskus.fi/homepage
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