Viikki is a cosy area favoured by families with children. New housing units and business premises will be built in the next few years. 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.
There are currently over 11,000 inhabitants in Viikki. This residential area will be completed in the middle of the 2010s. There are also new business premises.
Around 6,000 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.
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.
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.
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.