Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:35

Hakaniemenranta idea competition entries displayed online and at Laituri

The planning of the Hakaniemenranta area of Helsinki proceeds with an idea competition. All competition entries are now on display and can be commented on until 28 February in the City of Helsinki online feedback service 

The competition entries can also be seen until 23 February at the information and exhibition space Laituri at Narinkka 2 in Kamppi.

The feedback on the ideas for Hakaniemenranta will be compiled for use by the competition jury. The jury will select the winner in the spring.

The competition attracted wide interest, and the entries numbered more than 60. The competitors were asked to envision how to develop more housing and services in Hakaniemenranta while creating appealing waterfront areas open to all at the same time.

The ideas obtained from the competition for new city blocks, waterfront areas, parks and streets will be utilized in detailed planning and development. The starting point for the competition was the Hakaniemenranta detailed plan draft approved a year ago. This draft preliminarily defines the zones of five new city blocks, among other elements.

The idea competition is organized by the City of Helsinki in cooperation with the Finnish association of landscape architects MARK and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA.

Major changes to take place in Hakaniemi

Hakaniemenranta (Hakaniemi waterfront) has been zoned for a great deal of new construction. Plans for a new hotel have advanced the most. The hotel would be placed in the vicinity of the Metallitalo property partially on landfill. The Hakaniemi bridge has reached the end of its service life and will be rebuilt. The new light rail connection from the city centre to Kruunuvuorenranta, to be completed in the 2020s, will pass through the area. Hakaniemi would also be home to a station of the proposed underground City Rail Loop (Pisararata).

“The current plans for Hakaniemenranta would change the area more than ever since the construction of the Merihaka blocks,” says architect Perttu Pulkka.

The planning of the Hakaniemi area is covered by a newsletter (in Finnish), which can be subscribed to at


Read more:

Comment on ideas for Hakaniemenranta online

Information and exhibition space Laituri

Hakaniemi plans in Map Service

Subscribe to newsletter on Hakaniemenranta and Merihaka (in Finnish)

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:12

Karting, Latin dance and technology – a second city underground

Increasingly versatile spaces are situated in a Helsinki that is getting more densely built over time. Thanks to underground building, building land above ground is spared for other purposes.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:42

Partial city plan for Hernesaari

The City Council has approved a partial city plan – a strategic long-term land use plan – for the Hernesaari waterfront area and surrounding sea areas south of Matalasalmenkuja. The new plan enables the necessary town planning to assign housing, jobs, harbour operations and parks to Hernesaari. The plan includes one new quay for cruise ships in addition to the current two quays. Plans for the marina include operations related to boat maintenance and storage as well as a guest marina.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:38

The Port of Helsinki takes the top spot among European passenger ports

Helsinki is the number one general port for international freight traffic in Finland

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 08:38

City Board approves additions to Helsinki Garden

The Helsinki City Board has approved additions to the planning reservation for the Helsinki Garden project with the provision that Helsinki Ice Hall should be integrated with the project.