Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:20

Plan for Central Pasila railway yard blocks presented to City Council

The blocks of a former railway yard in Central Pasila – Keski-Pasila – will be redeveloped into a dense and an inner-city like residential area, according to a proposed detailed plan for the area, which includes homes to 3,200 residents, about 1,000 jobs, a school and a day care centre.

“The detailed plan is part of the overall transformation of Pasila. Two separate sections of Pasila and the Pasila station will grow into one district that will be home to new residents and form an increasingly significant area for business and services,” says Helsinki Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, who is in charge of city planning.

The City Council will be presented with proposals for the detailed plan, a transport and traffic plan and a cooperation agreement for Pasila on 17 May.

One specialty of the area will be green roofs. According to the detailed plan, no less than half of the roof area of the blocks should be ecological green roofs. These roofs help to create a good microclimate and control stormwater and runoff.

Rooftops would also be built with patios and other spaces for residents. Communal saunas would be placed on the top floor of buildings.

“The detailed plan for the railway yard blocks would create a densely built and handsome urban area in Pasila, at the best public transport connections,” Sinnemäki continues. “During plan preparation, the area has become denser, but varying building heights, green roofs, many rocks to be preserved and a park to be built, the Höyrypuisto park, make sure that the area would be pleasing and dynamic.”

The plan proposes 180,000 square metres of floor space for the area, close to three-quarters of which would be for residential construction. The proposed floor space for businesses, services and offices is 36,000 square metres. Offices would serve as a noise barrier along the Veturitie road in the eastern section of the area.

The railway yard, which has been demolished for the new residential development, is located next to the Pasila station, north of the central Tripla block of Pasila. Tripla is currently under construction. To the south of Tripla is the Pasila high-rise area, for which a design competition is underway.

The railway yard area is marked by fairly large elevation differences, which give the area a special character. For example, the proposed Tulistimenkatu street would be 20 metres below the Halkopiippu rock. The Höyrypuisto park would be located in the centre of the area.

The local transport and traffic arrangements will undergo a thorough transformation. For example, Veturitie will be moved to run alongside the railway tracks.

The majority of the railway yard area is owned by the Finnish State through the state-owned Senate Properties real estate company. The package presented to the City Council includes a proposal for an agreement between the City of Helsinki and Senate Properties on the development of the area and implementation.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 14:53

Helsinki Pioneers Smart City Solutions in mySMARTLife Project

Helsinki along with two other European Lighthouse cities have reached a three-year implementation stage in the mySMARTLife project 2016–2021 to cut energy use by 10–20 percent in the project’s target areas. The cuts will be realized with commercial-scale smart solutions for buildings, mobility and urban infrastructure. Helsinki’s plans include an autonomous bus line for regular service and offering data produced by new technologies as open data.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 13:40

Oil Silo 468 light artwork is again open to the public

The Oil Silo 468 light artwork welcomes visitors once again. The artwork is built into an old silo of a former oil terminal in the eastern Helsinki district of Kruunuvuorenranta.

Oil Silo 468 is open to the public as follows:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 11:58

Itäväylä and Hermannin rantatie to return to their former routes at Kalasatama

Itäväylä and Hermannin rantatie to return to their former routes at Kalasatama

The Itäväylä highway, which has been temporarily rerouted due to construction work on the Kalasatama Centre, namely REDI, will be restored in stages to its former route from 9 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 August 2017. Hermannin rantatie will also be opened to traffic from 1 September 2017.

Vehicle traffic will return to the straightened Itäväylä in the following stages:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 07:59

Metropolia campus to reshape Myllypuro

The Myllypuro campus of Metropolia, Finland’s largest university of applied sciences, is under construction to be completed in 2018–2019.

The foundation stone of the Myllypuro campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences was laid in the autumn of 2016. Currently the foundations of a cover for the metro deck are under construction – part of the campus is built on metro train tracks. The work is largely carried out at nighttime in order not to disrupt metro service.