June 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 07:58

Helsinki aims at 6,000 new dwellings per year

The City of Helsinki has set a goal of no less than 6,000 new housing units built in the city annually. The number should go up to 7,000 units by 2019. The goal will be confirmed in the housing and land use programme to be approved by the Helsinki City Council at its meeting of 22 June.

The programme defines the direction of the City’s housing policy. The goal is ambitious, as the number of new housing units has remained below 5,000 in recent years.

April 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 13:18

Kalasatama is following in the footsteps of the world’s trendiest dockland areas

Kalasatama is not the only former port and industrial zone that is transforming into a trendy and diverse residential area.

March 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 08:44

Kalasatama hub REDI built around the clock

Helsinki metro riders are able to survey the construction of the Kalasatama district from a prime vantage point. The excavation underneath the metro bridge has expanded fast at the site of REDI, that is, the hub of Kalasatama.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 15:04

Helsinki Metropolitan Area at MIPIM 2016: Growing fast, Connecting fast

At HELSINKI–FINLAND stand in MIPIM 2016 March 15–18, in Cannes, France, are represented the Metropolitan Cities Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa as well as the cities of Turku and Tampere together with the corporate partners Senate Properties, Skanska, SRV Group Plc and YIT.

Helsinki metropolitan area is in the middle of an ambitious transformation. The well-reachable area is one of the fastest growing metropolises in Europe.

February 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 13:06

Kalasatama art competition’s finalists selected from 261 entries

The first stage of the Kalasatama art competition, organised by the City of Helsinki, has now reached completion.

The general art competition received 261 entries in which entrants had tackled the design assignment in many different ways. The jury selected 12 entries for further development in the next stage of the competition.

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 07:59

More housing to Helsinki inner city

The urban structure of Helsinki is becoming increasingly dense, as an outcome of the City of Helsinki’s commitment to the goal of 5,500 new housing units completed in the Helsinki area each year.

Space for new housing is scarcest in the Helsinki city centre. New housing is often built in attics, while commercial centres expand underground.

In addition to attics, housing companies are interested in putting homes into buildings in their courtyards, as a means to pay for expensive renovation projects. Offices can also be converted into homes.

January 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 13:18

Competition to bring public art to Central Pasila

The City of Helsinki Executive Office, Helsinki Art Museum HAM and YIT are organising a competition to find a public work of art to be located on Fredikanterassi.

The purpose of the competition is to find several permanent and site-specific public artworks for the pedestrian area of a bridge that will connect East and West Pasila. The area will be called Fredikanterassi and will be located in front of the Tripla complex which is expected to be completed in 2021.

December 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 10:50

Helsinki prepares for growth by promoting bicycle traffic

Helsinki grows rapidly. The starting point for the new city plan of Helsinki is that there will be 860,000 residents in the city by 2050 – a quarter of a million more than now.

The new residents and new jobs will create more traffic. There is limited space on the streets and roads of the city, which means the growing city needs to increase the share of space-saving transport modes.

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 07:33

Housing for 2,700 to be built around Jätkäsaari central park

Helsinki City Council has approved a detailed plan for the Jätkäsaari district allowing for the construction and development of the southern section of the Hyväntoivonpuisto park and residential blocks bordering on the park. There will be new housing for approximately 2,700 residents.

The plan includes several types of residential blocks, in which building heights vary from 3 to 14 floors. The top floors of the tallest buildings will offer residents views of the sea, and a large number of the other units will overlook the park.

October 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 09:40

Plan for Crown Bridges in City Council

Helsinki City Board has approved a detailed plan for Kruunusillat – Crown Bridges – which would extend from the emerging Kruunuvuorenranta residential district to the inner city. The plan requires approval by City Council, which will make a decision on the proposal in its meeting on 4 November.

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:49

Helsinki at EXPO REAL 2015: One of the fastest growing cities in Europe

EXPO REAL 2015 October 5–7, in Munich, Germany
Helsinki Finland – Smartest Choice

Helsinki is introducing major urban development projects at EXPO REAL 2015, at HELSINKI–FINLAND Stand B1.320.

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. By 2050, the population of Helsinki will increase from the current 600,000 to 860,000 inhabitants and the population of the Helsinki Region from the current 1,400,000 to over 1,800,000.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:37

Construction work on the Helsinki Central Library starts today

The first excavator will start digging at the Central Library construction site on 1 September.

The construction of the Helsinki Central Library starts today, when the bucket of the excavator breaks the asphalt of the construction site for the first time. Here it goes, and the construction will go on for almost three years. The steering group for the project follows this historic city moment with joy and it has invited friends of the library to join. The Chairperson of the steering group for the Helsinki Central Library project is Ritva Viljanen.

May 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 09:01

Helsinki Design Week announces its main events

This year, in the spirit of its theme ”Time Machine”, Helsinki Design Week focuses on cities and their future. The festival and its new venues of Jätkäsaari, the National Museum and Vallisaari island send the visitor on a journey in time to the past and the future.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 14:29

Itäväylä expressway rerouted during Kalasatama centre construction

The construction of the Kalasatama centre is now underway. Named REDI, the Kalasatama centre will be a major hub of commerce, transport and housing for this new Helsinki inner-city district.

The REDI development will require temporary arrangements on the Itäväylä expressway and the roads of Junatie and Hermannin rantatie starting on 5 May. The detours will be in place to 2017.

 Traffic arrangements caused by the REDI construction site

April 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 09:15

Preliminary changes to the Helsinki High-rise competition programme

The programme of the Helsinki High-rise competition has been subject to some preliminary changes, based on the feedback received. The most important changes concern the start-up area and the phasing of the competition.

The northern part of the west area will be the new start-up area of the competition. At the same time, the building rights of the start-up area will be almost doubled to 40,000–65,000 floor square metres and the maximum amount of residential floor area increased to 70 per cent of the floor area.

March 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:38

Construction of Kalasatama centre to start in April

The construction of the Kalasatama centre Redi will commence at the beginning of April.

Redi will comprise a commercial section at its core, Finland’s tallest high-rise buildings on top of the commercial section, and underground parking. The construction will start from the commercial and parking sections, which are scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2018. In its entirety, Redi is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:46

Construction of a hotel and Tyynenmerenkatu causes traffic arrangements in Jätkäsaari

The construction of the Clarion hotel in Jätkäsaari starts on 16 March and the hotel will be completed in October 2017. The construction of the hotel has significant consequences for the passenger car traffic from the harbour area of the West Harbour.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:17

Helsinki: Smart City – Smart Choice at MIPIM 2015

Helsinki is introducing major urban development projects at MIPIM 2015 March 10-13, at Cannes, France.

Helsinki’s growth relies on strong foundations

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. It is expanding powerfully in the inner city on land vacated from former industrial and port operations. Many of Europe’s biggest urban development projects are underway in Helsinki.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 09:52

Detailed plan for Central Pasila’s Tripla hub given the force of law

The Helsinki City Council approved the detailed plan for the central blocks of Pasila in January. The appeal period closed on 2 March, and because no appeals were made, the detailed plan for the area has the force of law as of 6 March.

February 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:28

Helsinki-Tallinn fixed link prefeasibility study supports further planning of undersea railway tunnel

The results of the pre-feasibility study support a need for more detailed analysis of the construction and operation of the tunnel. The recommended solution of the study is a railway tunnel, which would connect to the junctions of the current public transport systems in both countries. A travel time as short as possible between the city centres was deemed the most important thing for the profitability of the tunnel.
The realisation of the Rail Baltic and its fast railway connection to Europe is also a prerequisite for the project.