April 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 08:57

Mustikkamaa island to be only minutes away from Kalasatama

The Kalasatama inner-city district under development on former harbour and industrial land will be connected to the Mustikkamaa island and outdoor area with a footbridge that will allow access from Kalasatama to Mustikkamaa in only minutes.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 08:39

New housing in Helsinki mainly consists of low energy homes

A record 67 percent of new residential building projects granted construction permits in Helsinki in 2012 met the highest energy efficiency requirements, falling into energy efficiency class A. Three years earlier, only one-fifth of new residential buildings met class A requirements.

March 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 08:51

Östersundom envisioned as a green-energy pioneer

A new plan for the Östersundom district envisions Östersundom as a garden district at the forefront of sustainable development fuelled by green energy. The plan is presented in a report by an “Östersundom clinic” published in the beginning of the year. According to the plan, buildings in Östersundom would use only renewable energy.

February 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 13:49

Underground waste management proposed for Kruunuvuorenranta

A large underground waste collection system is proposed for the Kruunuvuorenranta residential area, now under planning and development. According to the proposal, made by the City of Helsinki Real Estate Department, waste management would be handled with the help of a comprehensive underground vacuum collection system reaching all properties in the area. The system would serve about 12,000 residents and 1,000 jobs planned for the area.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:26

Helsinki introducing major urban development projects Mipim 12 - 15 March 2013, Cannes France

Helsinki is introducing several development projects; e.g. in the old waterfront areas plans are creating 4.5 million m² for new residential areas and almost 2.5 million m² for business areas by 2040. Focus areas are Pasila, West Harbour, Kalasatama, Kruunuvuorenranta, The old monumental and business centre including plans for New Helsinki Central Library and South Harbour development project.
The foremost international real estate property market gathers 4,300 real estate investors, 1,850 exhibiting companies and 20,000 unique participants from 80 countries.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 13:28

World’s best bridge designers building bridges for Helsinki

The eleven entries for the international bridge design competition Kruunusillat (Crown Bridges) are on display and available for public comment at an exhibition in Helsinki and on the Internet. The jury will select the winner during spring 2013.
Helsinki launched the competition in 2011 by inviting the participation of multi-field teams from around the world. More than fifty teams applied and ten were selected for the actual competition phase.

January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 09:46

Renewable energy use expands with school extension and biodegradation projects

The Sakarinmäki School House in the eastern Helsinki community of Östersundom sets an example in the use of renewable energy in Helsinki. A school house extension, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014, will be implemented with on-site renewable heating energy production.

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:56

Proposed designs for iconic Helsinki bridges to be put on exhibit for public review

An international design competition is underway on the major Kruunusillat bridges, a proposed bridge connection between the future Kruunuvuorenranta suburb and the inner city. The public will have an opportunity to examine the designs at the Laituri gallery from 20 February to 9 March and make comments, which will be reviewed by the competition’s jury.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 09:28

Over 5,000 housing units completed in 2012

Helsinki exceeded the City’s target level of 5,000 new units in housing production during 2012. A total of 5,172 new units were completed, comprising both new construction and refurbished building stock.

December 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 10:50

The Home Town Helsinki Programme Pertains to 600 000 Residents

The Home Town Helsinki programme 2012 focuses on Helsinki’s future housing production and housing related land use.

November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 11:53

Six Proposals to Progress in Helsinki Central Library Architectural Competition

Heart of the Metropolis, the architectural competition for the design of the Helsinki Central Library, has now reached its second stage. The competition jury has selected six competition entries for further consideration.

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 15:33

Kruunusillat bridge design competition is launched

The international bridge design competition on Kruunusillat (Crown Bridges) from Kruunuvuorenranta to the inner city in now underway. The purpose of the competition is to find a first-rate solution for the extremely demanding environment.

October 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:39

Oil silo turned into a light artwork marks the development of Kruunuvuorenranta

The first of the light artworks in Kruunuvuorenranta is now illuminated, as a part of the lighting concept that will form the identity of the area, which will go under construction in 2013.

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.

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 09:18

Lights over Kruunuvuorenranta

Kruunuvuorenranta, which is to be built on the Laajasalo oil harbour site, is one of the most visible marine facades of the city.

September 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 13:33

Three urban development projects on stage, when Helsinki goes Expo Real Munchen October 8 - 10, 2012

This year Helsinki decided to promote Pasila as well as Jätkäsaari and Hernesaari in West Harbour. The areas are shown in different medias at the HELSINKI – FINLAND stand and also by the presentations given by Deputy Major Hannu Penttilä and architects and project directors. EXPO REAL is the largest B2B trade fair for commercial real estate in Europe focusing on networking, market orientation and valuable business contacts.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 08:43

Finland’s largest block of wooden flats is completed in Helsinki

Finland’s largest block of wooden flats, with 104 apartments, has been completed in Viikki, Helsinki. The block is made up of five three-to-four-storey houses equalling altogether 6,300 square metres.

June 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 11:37

Finland’s biggest bridge move in Kalasatama

A massive metro bridge move is being prepared on the Kalasatama Center construction site. The move will be done in the middle of July. The metro rails in Kalasatama lie now on solid rock. The rock will be excavated to make room for future parking and retail facilities, and new rails will be built on a bridge. In the future both the metro and the Itäväylä motorway will be covered by a lawn-planted deck which will serve as a courtyard to the residential towers.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 09:55

1 500 Helsinki residents filed their ideas on Helsinki’s future

Almost 1 500 entries were made in Influence Helsinki web think tank. The think tank was open for three
weeks and the summary of the entries made will be published in August. The results will be available at

May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 10:07

Come forward with ideas to make Helsinki the best hometown on the planet

What kind of Helsinki would be a good hometown and community of residents? What do business enterprises expect from Helsinki? How to improve services and enhance welfare? How to develop participation and city life?