Monday, January 23, 2017 - 08:12

Central Pasila competition approved by City Council

The Helsinki City Council approved at its meeting of 18 January the principles of an architecture and implementation competition and site handover conditions for the future high-rise area of Keski-Pasila (Central Pasila). The goal of the competition is to produce a high-quality plan to serve as the basis of zoning for housing, offices and commercial space in the high-rise area.

The competition area is located just south of the Pasilansilta bridge. To the north of the area is the construction site of Tripla, the central city block of Pasila.

The architecture competition will be executed in two stages. The first stage of the competition will produce a layout for the entire area covered by the competition. Competitors selected to the second stage will be requested to produce a more detailed plan for the western section the area.

Another goal of the competition is to find a contractor for the first section of implementation comprising 45,000–60,000 square metres of floor area. The winner of the competition shall purchase the building rights for previously announced unit prices and implement the construction in accordance with the plan.

The competition will be completed in the autumn of 2018. The detailed plan for the area is scheduled for completion in 2020, after which construction can go under way. Total building rights in the high-rise area are expected to be for 150,000–200,000 square metres of floor area.

At its meeting of 18 January, the City Council also approved an additional budget of 26 million euros for the renovation of Helsinki Olympic Stadium, which raises the total cost of the renovation incurred by the City to 130.5 million euros. The Finnish Government finances the renovation with an equal sum.

Helsinki City Council meetings (in Finnish) are available on demand on the Helsinki-kanava web channel.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 14:08

Residential quarter as an innovative source of renewable energy

Asuntosäätiö, Fira Oy, the VVO Group and Helen Ltd have joined forces in the planning of a diverse residential block in Kalasatama in Helsinki with an objective of taking housing quality and energy efficiency to a whole new level of standards. In the so-called SunZEB plus energy model, the excess heating load of the sun on the buildings, which has been problematic in the current construction methods, is turned into an opportunity where buildings are used as a source of renewable energy.  The construction of the first houses will start in 2018.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:17

New residential construction in Helsinki increased for third consecutive year

The number of new housing units completed in Helsinki in 2016 was 4,395. The number of housing starts was 5,129, and building permits were granted for 5,597 units.

New residential construction in Helsinki has been at markedly higher levels in the 2010s than in the previous decade. Since 2012, an average of 4,500 new housing units have been completed in each year.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 12:31

West Terminal 2 to be put into operation early

The construction of West Terminal 2 has been proceeding swiftly. The building will be put into operation in stages, and should be fully operational at the end of February. West Terminal 2 was originally scheduled for completion in April 2017, but the terminal is now set to be put into use ahead of schedule.

The new terminal will significantly reduce the walking distances to and from ships.

West Terminal 2 will be officially opened on 28 February 2017. On the opening day, the terminal will also be open to the public from 14:30 to 16:00.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 13:40

Open Call for Entries: Helsinki High-rise competition kicks off

The State of Finland and City of Helsinki have launched a Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki.

The Helsinki metropolitan area is growing at a rapid pace, and Pasila is one of the major districts in Helsinki that is currently undergoing renewal. Pasila is the city’s most important public transport hub, and by 2040, it is estimated to have 30,000 residents and more than 50,000 jobs. Pasila railway station is the busiest station in Finland.