Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 13:40

Open Call for Entries: Helsinki High-rise competition kicks off

The State of Finland and City of Helsinki have launched a Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki.

The Helsinki metropolitan area is growing at a rapid pace, and Pasila is one of the major districts in Helsinki that is currently undergoing renewal. Pasila is the city’s most important public transport hub, and by 2040, it is estimated to have 30,000 residents and more than 50,000 jobs. Pasila railway station is the busiest station in Finland.

The area covered by the competition is located to the south of the new Pasila central block called Tripla and the railway station. The aim of the competition is to find a premium residential, office and retail concept that spans a total of 150,000–200,000 floor square metres. The local detailed plan and implementation of the tower area will be based on the winning concept. The organisers are also looking for a buyer and a developer for a start-up area of 40,000–65,000 floor square metres.

The two-phase competition concludes in summer 2018

The competition comprises two phases. The candidates start by preparing plan proposals for the entire area. The evaluation team assesses the quality of the proposals and selects 2–4 candidates to move on to the second phase.

During the second phase, the candidates prepare more detailed plans for the western part of the area and the start-up area. The start-up area will weigh more in the assessment of entries in the second phase. The steering group will hold negotiations on the development agreement with each candidate concerning the initial area.

Candidates will submit their plan proposals for the first contest phase in May 2017. The second phase will start in autumn 2017. Candidates will submit their plan proposals for the second phase in spring 2018, and the award decision will be made in summer 2018. Construction is estimated to start in 2021. The winning concept will be used as the basis for the local detailed plan.

Construction is already in full swing in Central Pasila

Construction is already in full swing in Central Pasila. The new Pasila central block called Tripla is under construction and it will connect the eastern and western parts of Pasila, the residential area that will be built in the north and the southern tower area.

“Pasila has interested architects for decades since times of Eliel Saarinen and Alvar Aalto. Now we are finally reaching a point when the different parts of Pasila combine into one district. The tower area is crucial for the new identity of Pasila,” says Dan Mollgren, Head of Project at the Helsinki City Planning Department.

 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 14:08

Residential quarter as an innovative source of renewable energy

Asuntosäätiö, Fira Oy, the VVO Group and Helen Ltd have joined forces in the planning of a diverse residential block in Kalasatama in Helsinki with an objective of taking housing quality and energy efficiency to a whole new level of standards. In the so-called SunZEB plus energy model, the excess heating load of the sun on the buildings, which has been problematic in the current construction methods, is turned into an opportunity where buildings are used as a source of renewable energy.  The construction of the first houses will start in 2018.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:17

New residential construction in Helsinki increased for third consecutive year

The number of new housing units completed in Helsinki in 2016 was 4,395. The number of housing starts was 5,129, and building permits were granted for 5,597 units.

New residential construction in Helsinki has been at markedly higher levels in the 2010s than in the previous decade. Since 2012, an average of 4,500 new housing units have been completed in each year.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 12:31

West Terminal 2 to be put into operation early

The construction of West Terminal 2 has been proceeding swiftly. The building will be put into operation in stages, and should be fully operational at the end of February. West Terminal 2 was originally scheduled for completion in April 2017, but the terminal is now set to be put into use ahead of schedule.

The new terminal will significantly reduce the walking distances to and from ships.

West Terminal 2 will be officially opened on 28 February 2017. On the opening day, the terminal will also be open to the public from 14:30 to 16:00.

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.