Friday, June 2, 2017 - 09:17

A kilometre-long art wall planned for Hernesaari construction site

The City of Helsinki is planning a kilometre-long art wall for the future Hernesaari construction site. The construction of a new residential area in Hernesaari will begin next year with the demolition of warehouse halls. The wall will separate the demolition and construction site from the street and waterfront area.

Because the wall of the construction site will be highly visible and exceptionally long, and it will be in place throughout the duration of the Hernesaari construction, the wall will be turned into a local landmark. The wall will also be one of the first items seen by many of Helsinki’s 440,000 annual cruise ship passengers. Furthermore, Hernesaari is a popular leisure destination in summer.

One goal with the wall is to enliven the city and to provide new space for the whole spectrum of public and street art in Helsinki.

Design competition for the wall

The City organized a design competition for the art wall to Aalto University students of graphic design in early 2017. The competition received 9 proposals, and first prize went to Helsinki 24h by Armi Teva and Miia Puustinen.

The evaluation criteria in the competition were attention to the location and scale of the wall, story telling, and ease of implementation. Challenges presented by the task to designers included the extreme weather conditions of Hernesaari, as well as the length of the wall. Furthermore, the wall will be visible from long distances, so it must function from both short and long distances.

According to the jury, the winning design illustrates Helsinki and city residents in an appealing manner. The wall tells stories of Helsinki over 24 hours. The stories are from different parts of the city. The jury was pleased with the contrasts of the stories and considered them to withstand the test of time. They also assessed that the graphics and illustrations can be implemented.

Second prize in this high-quality competition went to Juha Liede and third prize to Akbar Khatir. Miila West received an honorable mention.

The jury was chaired by Helsinki Chief Design Officer Anne Stenros. The other members of the jury were Outi Säntti, Project Manager for the Länsisatama (West Harbour) development, Matti Kaijansinkko, Project Manager for area planning, Laura Aalto, Development Director at Helsinki Marketing Oy, and Jesse Pasanen, a street art expert at Grafia.

Hernesaari to be home to 7,000 people

The emergence of Hernesaari as a new residential area will begin in 2018. A segmental city plan has been proposed for the area, and the proposal will be presented to the City Council during the current year.

At first, the Hernesaari warehouse halls will be demolished. Housing construction will begin in the next few years to proceed over many years. By 2030 Hernesaari will provide 3,000 jobs and be home to 7,000 people.

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.