Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 09:27

Helsinki Metro Expands with Landmark Stations

The subway system now serves the Helsinki metropolitan area with eight new stations
Helsinki, Finland – A long-awaited extension of the Helsinki metropolitan subway system, the Metro, opened to passenger service on December 18, 2017. The extension comprises eight stations, each distinguished by original design by Finnish architects.
The extension takes the Metro to the west, from Helsinki to the neighboring city of Espoo. The stations are from east to west: Lauttasaari, Koivusaari, Keilaniemi, Aalto University, Tapiola, Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä. All stations are underground and reflect the character of the neighborhood.
The Lauttasaari Metro station is marked by an artwork consisting of lights hanging from the ceiling. Lauttasaari and its sister station Koivusaari, both by Helin & Co Architects, are inspired by nature – by snow and ice in Lauttasaari, and by water and the sea in Koivusaari. The asymmetrical walls and ceiling of the Koivusaari station, which is under the sea, evoke an upturned boat and whales.
The Keilaniemi station serves a business district housing high-tech enterprises, and the station is shiny and smooth, with art suggesting digital technology. The next station, which serves the main Aalto University campus, contrasts with Keilaniemi by its matt and rough surfaces. The Aalto University station has a sculptural Corten-steel ceiling, which associates the station with the nearby red-brick campus buildings including the main building by Alvar Aalto. Both stations are by ALA Architects.
The Tapiola Metro station by Artto Palo Rossi Tikka Architects is distinguished by white, which is the dominating color of the Tapiola district, as well as by a three-meter-tall sculpture by Kim Simonsson.
The Matinkylä, Urheilupuisto and Niittykumpu stations are by HKP Architects. The Matinkylä station is defined by an arching white aluminum web covering the ceiling, the Niittykumpu station by colorful art, and the Urheilupuisto station by heavy pillars due to structural reasons.
The total number of stations in the Helsinki metropolitan Metro system is now 25. The system runs on one 35-kilometer (22-mile) east-to-west line through Helsinki and halfway through southern Espoo. The first section of the system opened in 1982. The planning and construction of a further extension of the Metro is underway in Espoo.
The Metro now connects important hubs in the Helsinki metropolitan area, where growth will largely take place on the public transit rail system. Apart from the Metro, the system consists of a commuter train network and a dense network of streetcars in the Helsinki inner city. Rapid transit light rail is under development.
There was no official grand launch of the new service on November 18, 2017, when the first Metro trains departed at 5 a.m., but the launch was celebrated with spontaneous parties organized by citizens on their own.

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 14:33

Helsinki Publishes Energy and Climate Atlas on 3D City Model

The 3D atlas is a tool for implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings

The City of Helsinki has compiled extensive energy-related data on the Helsinki building stock into Energy and Climate Atlas and makes the atlas available as open data. The atlas is executed and visualized on Helsinki’s 3D city information model, which allows easy utilization and further application of the data. The atlas is a part of the toolkit that helps Helsinki to cut carbon dioxide emissions and eventually to reach carbon neutrality.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 09:27

Digital solutions to put spaces to efficient use

The Flexi Spaces project of the Forum Virium Helsinki innovation unit has created a model to give citizens and communities easy access to various spaces. The model utilizes digital solutions such as smart locks and web-based space reservation and payment platforms. The new model for opening spaces, tested in the Helsinki smart city district of Kalasatama, has been a success.

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 kerrokantasi.hel.fi. 

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.

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.