Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 08:16

Lights over Kruunuvuorenranta

Kruunuvuorenranta, the new neighbourhood being constructed on the west shore of Laajasalo opposite Helsinki city centre, will be a neighbourhood of light. The lighting of Kruunuvuorenranta will be designed based on the winning works of an international lighting competition. The lighting competition and the Oil silo 468 light artwork are part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

The lighting of Kruunuvuorenranta will be based on an international invitational competition organised by the City of Helsinki. Four groups were selected for the competition from among the applications. The invited groups hail from the United Kingdom, Holland, France and Austria.

It was decided to award two first prizes. The winning proposals are ’Into the Light’ by the Austrian group Bartenbach LichtLabor GmbH and ’Luonnon lyhdyt’ (Nature’s lanterns) by the Dutch West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture and Speirs and Major Associates.

The winning entries are mainly based on LED technology. The lighting has been designed to be controlled so that the light’s colour temperature and the amount of light will follow the changing seasons and match the lighting need and intended activity.

‘Into the Light’ bases its concept strongly on natural light and the different properties of different seasons, making darkness an important part of the lighting solution. The area has been designed in such a way that, viewed from outside, its different subsections are lit with different intensities, and functionally significant places and the light artworks on the shore will be highlighted.

’Luonnon lyhdyt’ (Nature’s lanterns) is an entry whose lighting solution is founded on views that open up in natural light, the materials used in the area, the area's vegetation, the seasons and human activities. ’Luonnon lyhdyt’ (Nature’s lanterns) is rich in detail and experiential ideas. The plan emphasises the importance of light in the communality between residents and in everyday surroundings.

Surrounded by the sea and archipelago nature, Kruunuvuorenranta will become a neighbourhood suitable for 11,000 residents by the end of the 2020s. The area’s lighting will be designed based on the winning entries. Construction will commence next year with street construction, and the first houses will be erected in Gunillankallio.

‘Oil silo 468’ (Öljysäiliö 468) is the first light artwork in Kruunuvuorenranta area. The work was designed by light artist Tapio Rosenius (Lighting Design Collective) prior to the international competition.

The light artwork ‘Oil silo 468’ glitters white in the evening and, when the night sets, its red blaze can be seen from the city centre over the sea. The work, which was created in a large 1960s oil silo, is a reference to Kruunuvuorenranta’s almost 90 years as an oil port and the construction of a new area surrounded by the sea and green archipelago nature.

A total of 2012 round openings were cut in the shell of the silo. The mirrors that were placed in the openings sparkle in sunlight. As the night darkens, the LED lights inside the shell change, making the old oil silo into a large, ever-changing light artwork. The interior of the Oil silo, nearly 1,000 m², can be used for many purposes, such as small theatre, dance and circus performances, exhibitions, flea markets, fairs and village festivals. The construction of the light artwork was overseen by the City of Helsinki Public Works Department.

The light artwork will be open to the public on three weekends in October: 13–14 October and 20–21 October at 4–7 pm and 27–28 October at 3:30–5:30 pm.

The Lights over Kruunuvuorenranta exhibition from 9 October to 3 November 2012
At the Helsinki City Planning Department's Laituri information and exhibition facility
open Tue–Fri from 10 am to 6 pm, Sat noon to 4 pm, Narinkka 2 (Kamppi, the old bus station building)
Information on the exhibition on the Laituri website

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.