January 2013

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?

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 08:46

More than 530 entries will compete in Stage 1 of the Central Library architectural competition

The City of Helsinki is holding an open international architectural competition entitled “The Heart of the Metropolis” for the new Central Library. The competition has attracted much global attention. More than 530 competition entries were submitted.

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 12:08

Helsinki welcomes views and ideas on the future Helsinki

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

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 11:56

A scale model gives a feel of future Helsinki

A closer feel of Helsinki’s new residential and workplace areas can be obtained at Virka Galleria in City Hall where a lit scale model of Helsinki is on display. 3D scale models of the future developments of Kalasatama, Keski-Pasila, Jätkäsaari and Hernesaari have been planted on the aerial photo.

April 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 13:53

Huge construction work to transfer the new Kalasatama metro bridge

In July, the old Metro tracks at Kalasatama will be removed and a new rail bridge put in place. During the winter, the new metro bridge has been constructed inside a tent by the metro line. During 9 days in July the new metro bridge weighing 2,6 tonnes will be transferred to its new place.

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 12:21

Arabia region invests in information boards

A better town for visitors and tourists
The City of Helsinki has piloted new kinds of tourist information boards in the Arabia area from the beginning of the World Design Capital Year 2012.

March 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 14:51

The first-round entries of the architectural competition for the Central Library will be exhibited at the Jätkäsaari Bunker between 10 and 16 May

The City of Helsinki is holding an open international architectural competition titled “The Heart of the Metropolis” for the new Central Library. The first phase of the competition ends on 16 April. The competition entries will be exhibited at the Jätkäsaari Bunker between 10 and 16 May. The exhibition will be open on weekdays between 11 am and 7 pm and on weekends between 12 noon and 6 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to comment on the competition entries.

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 13:45

Office building with the lowest energy consumption in Finland

Completed in September 2011, the energy-efficient office building is used by the City of Helsinki Environment Centre and the University of Helsinki.

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 09:37

Shorelines - Urban waterfront living

Finland has 320,000 kilometres of shoreline – that’s eight times the Earth’s circumference! Seas, lakes and rivers are everywhere, with hundreds of kilometres of beaches found even in densely populated regions such as the capital and the southern town of Lahti.