The residential areas in Kruunuvuorenranta will be compactly built. Despite the urban look, smaller buildings ranging from terraced houses to floating houses will make up one third of the housing units constructed.
Situated on the opposite side of the shore from Katajanokka, Haakoninlahti will be the centre of Kruunuvuorenranta. Types of buildings and city blocks will vary in this area, which will be mostly made up of apartment buildings. The beach boulevard will have low-rise buildings by the shore and taller buildings further inland.
Also, the apartment buildings will have a new kind of a look. The plans include, amongst other things, single entrance blocks, three-floored urban villas and star-shaped buildings as well as high-rise buildings with 6-7 floors. The rocky, wooded terrain and the shores present many possibilities.
The Koirasaari islands offer you the chance to live right by the sea. Space has been reserved for dwellings on the water near the shore. Plans have been drawn up for the construction of garden-like city blocks close by Stansvikinnummi estate that will be built using the Finnish wooden town as inspiration.
The majority of services in Kruunuvuorenranta will be concentrated in what will become the centre of the area, Haakoninlahti.
The future residents of Kruunuvuorenranta will enjoy all essential public and commercial services near their homes. Daycare centres, schools and grocery stores will be located within a walking distance. There will be a public playground, a sports hall and a large sports park. The outdoor recreational services will include a swimming beach, a marina and trails in fine nature. A health centre and a city library, as well as a broad selection of commercial services, will be available in the neighbouring district.
The Haakoninlahti area will accommodate a supermarket and specialized stores. Adjacent to these services will be a service centre and housing for the elderly. Across the street, a wide area is reserved for restaurants, cafes, boutiques and other commercial services. Sites are also allocated for small convenience stores and kiosks.
The area will have a sports hall, a sports park and a swimming beach. The sports park will serve residents of all ages. Among other sports, residents can play football and other ball games from spring to autumn and ice hockey in winter. The sports park will also have a running track.
Nature and sea are everywhere in Kruunuvuorenranta. The area will be developed into a coastal recreation centre similar to Suomenlinna, Hietaranta and Pihlajasaari.
The idea is to offer both the inhabitants of the area and its visitors experiences ranging from beach activities, boating and fishing, to exercise and outdoor and cultural activities.
A sports hall for all inhabitants of Kruunuvuorenranta will be built in the central area of Haakoninlahti at the main school. A second sports park has been planned for Hopealaakso, a recreational area similar to Helsinki’s Central Park. The sports park will give people of all ages the opportunity to play football and other ball games between spring and autumn, and ice hockey in winter. A running track will also be built in the park.
Reminders of the area’s oily history
Lease agreements on the Laajasalo oil terminal in Kruunuvuorenranta expired at the end of 2010. However, a few of the terminal’s oil silos have been retained as reminders of the area’s history.
Oil Silo 468 has been turned into a light artwork. A total of 2012 openings were cut into the shell of the silo and fitted with mirrors that reflect the sun. As night falls, LED lights turn the silo into a continuously changing light artwork. The silo interior, with nearly one thousand square metres of floor space, can be used for various events. During dark hours, Oil Silo 468 glows across the bay in red and white, anticipating the future identity of Kruunuvuorenranta as a “district of light”.
There are plans to turn one silo located on top of a hill into a sightseeing tower and another silo over 30 metres in diameter into a public pavilion. Smaller silos could house kiosks and information stations. Ideas for new uses of the silos were formulated by students in a competition organized at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
The area vacated by oil companies will be taken into use, and Helsinki inhabitants can get to know it in the near future. The area left undeveloped by the companies can be temporarily used for different sports and cultural activities – for instance, as a mountain biking track, other exercise routes or concert areas. There are also plans to put the beach in order already in advance.