September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 13:39

Helsinki Metropolitan Area at EXPO REAL 2016: Growing fast, Connecting fast

At HELSINKI FINLAND stand in EXPO REAL 2016, October 4–6 in Munich, 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, SRV Group Plc and YIT Construction Ltd.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 09:35

Helsinki to Build Landmark Bridge for Public Transportation

The Crown Bridges including Finland’s longest bridge will serve streetcars but no cars.

Helsinki, Finland – The Crown Bridges will be a series of three bridges in Helsinki for a new streetcar line linking the city center with eastern suburbs across a central Helsinki water body. The bridges will also serve cyclists and pedestrians.

The Helsinki City Council gave the green light to the project at the end of August, confirming implementation. Construction can go underway in 2018, and the bridges are scheduled to open in 2026.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:16

Proposal for Helsinki’s new city plan moves to decision-making

The Helsinki City Board considered the new Helsinki city plan at its meeting on 19 September and will continue the consideration on 17 October.

The proposal for the city plan, presented by Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, was the same as the proposal approved unanimously by the City Planning Committee earlier. The final decision on the city plan will be made by the City Council later in the autumn.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 11:34

Oil Silo 468 welcomes the public in September-October

Helsinki residents and visitors will have the opportunity to visit Oil Silo 468 in the Kruunuvuorenranta district on three weekends in September-October. Oil Silo 468 is a steel silo that has been turned into a light artwork and a venue for special events. Admission is free on the open-house weekends.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 09:15

City of Helsinki invites proposals for temporary uses of Malmi airport

The City of Helsinki is putting together proposals for activities to be organized at the Malmi airport before the area goes under construction for new housing as planned.

Proposals are gathered until the end of September and, as possible, decisions on temporary uses of the airport are made in late November.

Finavia’s air traffic control to end

August 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 08:46

White Hall opens as a cultural and conference centre

The White Hall in Helsinki’s historical city centre opens for public use at the beginning of September. The opening event is a weekend music festival.

The White Hall (Valkoinen sali) is an Empire-style space in the Tori Quarters of Helsinki, the Old Town between the Senate Square and Market Square. The hall is one of the few remaining old banquet spaces of Helsinki preserved in their original state. The hall is located on the third floor of the Helsinki City Museum building on the street of Aleksanterinkatu.

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 08:09

City Board approves Crown Bridges, Council to vote 31 August

The Helsinki City Board has approved the project plan for Kruunusillat – Crown Bridges – and the plan proceeds to the City Council, which will vote on it on 31 August. The project plan comprises the construction of a tram connection between the Helsinki city centre and Laajasalo and three new bridges. The City Board voted for the proposal 13–2.

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.