Viikki and Kivikko are cosy areas favoured also by families with children. New housing units and business premises will be built in both areas in the next few years.
The building of houses and business premises is a relatively recent phenomenon in Viikki, and work is still going on there at a lively pace. Viikki is also a centre of top-level research, education and entrepreneurship.
Viikki is known in Finland and elsewhere as a pioneer of ecological building. The area is home to one of Finland’s first wooden apartment building development projects. Viikki has also the biggest wooden block of flats in Finland.
Located In the southern part of Viikki, the 258-hectare Viikki-Vanhankaupunginlahti nature reserve with its bird wetlands is part of the Natura 2000 Networking Programme. It is also an important part of the City of Helsinki’s green zone, which extends as far as Vantaa and Sipoo via Viikki’s fields and the Kivikko recreational park.
The building of Kivikko’s residential area lasted from 1992 to 2006. More houses and new workplaces are going to be built in the southern part of the area and along the Lahdenväylä motorway respectively.
There are currently over 17,000 inhabitants of Viikki and Kivikko area. These residential areas will be completed in the middle of the 2010s. There are also new business premises in both areas.
Around 7,000 students are educated on the Viikki campus. Viikki is also a lively place of work; the building of new workplaces is focused in the science park and along main traffic routes. The building of business premises will continue until the end of the 2010s.
Several building projects focusing on the energy efficiency of the structures have been, and, in the next few years, will be, carried out in Viikki. Additionally, other kinds of construction-related development will be taking place: the building of wooden houses and issues associated with apartment building living will be solved in new ways.
The main trunk roads to Viikki for private cars are Lahdentie road, the Kehä I ring road and Viikintie road. Public transport from Viikki to the city centre comes in the form of buses. Crosstown buses are also in service.
Buses to Viikki leave from the city centre and Malmi. Kivikko is served by metro and the metro’s connection buses.
The No. 550 bus cuts though Viikki as part of its crosstown route. This line runs from Westend station to Itäkeskus following a route that includes stopping at Leppävaara, Pitäjänmäki train station, Huopalahti train station and Oulunkylä train station. A new light rail service is planned from Itäkeskus in Helsinki to Keilaniemi in Espoo. According to the plan, the new tram track will be ready in 2021. It will replace the existing 550 bus service.
A second crosstown bus No. 560 operates from Vuosaari Helsinki to Myyrmäki Vantaa. In Viikki, the relevant bus stops will be located on the Kehä I ring road.
Bus No. 506, the science-line, provides a connection between university campuses and other science and technology centres in the Capital Region. The route goes between Pohjois-Tapiola, Otaniemi, Meilahti, Pasila, Kumpula, Arabianranta and Viikki. The final stop on the science-line is in the university area of Viikki.
The Lahdenväylä motorway’s development project includes the building of bus stops near the western part of Viikinmäki. Plans for the science park have taken into account northern exit ramps to Pihlajanmäentie road.
Traffic connections to Viikki and Kivikko will improve once the Kivikko interchange is completed. There are also plans to build a bridge over the Lahdenväylä motorway thereby improving the Kivikko workplace area’s connections in the direction of Malmi.
Light traffic will be served by the already existing Kaivantopuisto bridge over the Porvoonväylä motorway as well as by the overpass over the Kehä I ring road, which is to be made a wide wildlife crossing, built at the same time as the Kivikko interchange.