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.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:38

New fast route complements Helsinki cycling network

A new fast cycling route now serves Helsinki cyclists. The route ­runs along the main railway tracks. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes in Helsinki. It is a part of the network of bicycle superhighways, that is, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allowing for higher speeds and smoother rides than regular bikeways.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:07

Four groups chosen to continue to the next stage of the Helsinki High-Rise Design-Build Competition

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The change in the city is particularly visible in the former harbour and railway areas, which are now undergoing reconstruction to become homes, commercial spaces and business premises. The transformation offers excellent opportunities for property developers.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 15:24

Helsinki High-rise Competition: Second phase competitors announced on 5 October at Expo Real 2017

The Finnish State and City of Helsinki organize the Helsinki High-Rise Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki. The competitors behind the proposals chosen for the final stage in the competition will be revealed at Helsinki High-Rise Brunch on October 5th at Expo Real, at Helsinki Finland Stand (B1.320).

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 09:24

Myllypuro is a success story of urban revitalization

Over the last ten years the eastern Helsinki district of Myllypuro has experienced noticeable growth. The housing types have diversified and services expanded as a result of systematic development efforts.

“The diversification of housing types, including more housing alternatives for families, is an outcome of infill construction. The Wooden Myllypuro area is a good example of this. The area, also thanks to its predominantly wooden houses, expands the image of Myllypuro,” says Helsinki Mayor Anni Sinnemäki.