Currently under construction seaside in southern Helsinki, Jätkäsaari will accommodate approximately 21,000 residents and 6,000 jobs by the year 2030. This new development will form a distinctive part of the central city area – only ten minutes by tram from the centre of Helsinki.
In Jätkäsaari, one can enjoy the heart-of-the-city ambiance, achieved by densely built single-entrance blocks and roof-level building. Good services, street-front shops, sidewalk cafés and a network of trams, as well as pedestrian and cycle routes, will also contribute to the feeling of being in the very centre of the city.
The proximity and sounds of the sea, the spectacular view from the parks and the waterfront, along with the boat marina and the passenger ship terminal, all add their distinctive flavour to the area.
A quarter aiming at sustainable development
Planned according to the principles of sustainable development, Jätkäsaari enjoys a central location, with a dense urban structure within reach of the environmentally sound operations of trams and the metro.
Commercial services and business premises
The neck of land connecting Jätkäsaari to mainland Helsinki is located a mere 1.5 km from Helsinki Central Station. The area enjoys very good public transport and road connections and a passenger ship terminal, helping to create excellent opportunities for businesses via the availability of both street-front premises and office buildings.
Ground floors of residential buildings along the main streets will be utilised for business use, and the largest commercial premises will be situated in the precinct’s central blocks, with additional office space to be built near the harbour.
Jätkäsaari is already home to 7,000 residents and housing construction is underway at many more sites. Many services are in place including several daycare centres. The construction of a park across the area has started. Street construction is also underway.
The construction of Jätkäsaari commenced in the autumn of 2008, with its first building project being the Crusellinsilta Bridge connecting the area to neighbouring Ruoholahti. The guyed bridge is nearly 50 metres high and 140 metres long. In addition to pedestrians, cyclists and cars, the bridge also serves a tramline connecting Jätkäsaari and the neighbouring Ruoholahti area.
The construction of residential buildings began in 2011. In the midst of the new construction, three listed buildings and two other existing buildings will remain standing in the area as a link to the past. They will be renovated and put to different use.
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. Jätkäsaari can be reached by tram, with a metro station located in close proximity in the neighbouring area of Ruoholahti.
A tramline links Jätkäsaari to the Ruoholahti metro station, with all trams enjoying their own lanes in the middle of main streets to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic; meeting both the needs of the growing area and the passenger boat harbour located there.
Upon the completion of the construction of Jätkäsaari in 2030, a circular loop tramline will service the entire precinct, supplemented by a temporary bus service during construction.
Enjoy walking and cycling
A comprehensive and safe network of pedestrian and cycle paths will be developed in Jätkäsaari. The main pedestrian and cycle route will pass through the one-kilometre-long park in the centre of Jätkäsaari. Parks are connected to the waterfront and other parks by routes using pedestrian and bicycle bridges.
A pedestrian and cycle route, “Baana”, allows residents to bicycle from Jätkäsaari to the city centre in just five minutes. The starting point of this route in Jätkäsaari is called “Länsilinkki”. The plot around the Länsilinkki underpass forms a square-shaped urban space, with the bridge spanning this space built as an environmental artwork.
Originally, the passageway in which Baana runs was built for trains servicing the old cargo port. As an important link to Helsinki’s history, the exposed section of this route that links with the underpass will be conserved.
Passenger boat harbor
Serving predominantly the routes between Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki and St. Petersburg, Russia the existing passenger boat harbour will remain in Jätkäsaari. Today, approximately 6,5 million passengers pass through it every year.
Parking for residents and employees will be provided in underground parking facilities. There will also be short-term on-street parking for visitors.