Kruunuvuorenranta - City life and wilderness

Kruunuvuorenranta is a diverse land area of 143 ha, situated a mere 3 km away from the centre as the crow flies. The area is marked by both the estate tradition of the 19th Century and the activities that took place at the former oil docks established in the 1920s.

By the mid-2020s, a city district of 11,000 people will be established in Kruunuvuorenranta. In the future, the city centre may be only 15-minute tram ride away, as plans have been made to build a bridge connecting the city centre and Kruunuvuori – which will encompass Krunuvuorenranta – via Korkeasaari and Sompasaari. 

Construction

Kruunuvuorenranta will be a cosy residential area as well as an attractive recreational area for all Helsinki inhabitants. The coast, varied nature and fascinating history will provide residents with fantastic surroundings for leisure pursuits.

Most of Kruunuvuorenranta’s 143 ha land area will be left as parks, forests, nature reserves, undeveloped shoreline or some other recreational space. The compact, urban residential areas will be built with respect for the environment and the history of the area.

Construction of streets and municipal infrastructure has already started. Construction of  the residential blocks will begin in the Kruunuvuorenranta’s Gunillankallio area with work continuing in Borgströminmäki a few years later. In these areas, both apartment buildings and smaller dwellings will be surrounded by nature, with rocks and pine tree forests being left undisturbed.

Completed by the mid-2020s, Kruunuvuorenranta will accommodate around 11,000 people, provide about 1,000 with a place of work and offer a recreational area for all inhabitants of the city to use. All in all, there will be around 5,000 – 6,000 residential properties in the area, with about 500 being built every year.

Streets and parks

The varied nature and the shores of Kruunuvuorenranta offer great opportunities for leisure time activities.

The 6 km-long shoreline will have many different looks: houses will be built in some parts, parks in others, yet most of the shoreline will remain in its natural state.

With nature trails and paths following the coast never more than a few hundred metres away from any given part of Kruunuvuorenranta, the shore and the viewpoints located on the high rocks can be easily reached. The landscape varies from rocky forests to islets and meadows on the shore. The nature trails are surrounded by rugged rocks and the valleys’ groves.

The first road to be built in the area, Kruunuvuorenranta’s main street, will be the 3 km-long Koirasaarentie road. Another important street in the area, the beach promenade, will run parallel to the western shore. A promenade full of lively leisure time-related businesses is awaited.
 

Traffic

Public transport to and from the area will initially come in the form of buses, but a tram connection from the city centre is in the pipeline.

At present, Kruunuvuorenranta can be easily reached by metro and current bus connections. Bus stops will be situated in the immediate vicinity of the areas of housing. The maximum walking distance from the apartment buildings to these bus stops will be 300 m, and from the smaller houses a maximum of 400 metres.

Private car users will be able to get to Kruunuvuorenranta via the Herttoniemi roundabout. The necessary arrangements for coping with the increased amount of traffic have already begun. The Itäväylä highway will run through a tunnel under the Herttoniemi roundabout and a lively business hub will be built nearby.

Plans have been made to construct a bridge to Kruunuvuorenranta over  the Kruunuvuorenselkä sea area. The Kruunusillat bridges are a traffic connection currently being designed between the city centre and Kruunuvuorenranta. The main users of the Kruunusillat bridges will be trams, cyclists and pedestrians. The traffic connection shall also accommodate service and emergency vehicles. 

Coastal exercise routes and pedestrian bridge connections to Kulosaari and Herttoniemenranta have also been outlined, and there are plans for a ferry connection from Kauppatori for that time of year when the sea isn’t frozen over. It will be possible to moor private boats in the marinas of Haakoninlahti or Koirasaari islands.

Timeline

2008

  • The City Council’s decision about the Laajasalo public transport rail solution

2010

  • Activities at the oil docks in Laajasalo end

2011

  • International bridge competition begins 

2012

  • Street construction begins 

2013

  • House building begins

2016

  • The eastern part of Kruunuvuorenranta will be completed

2025

  • Construction of the Kruunuvorenranta district comes to an end