Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 16:34

The tram depot and housing units in Yliskylä, Laajasalo form a whole

A depot for the tramline Crown Bridges is planned to be built in Laajasalo. Housing units will also be built in connection to the depot. The winning entry in the architecture contest for this so-called hybrid depot was made by Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit Ltd. The winning proposal, called Scapes, consists of pentagonally shaped blocks of varying height. The building process will be commenced in the beginning of the 2020s.

The tram depot and housing blocks will be built along Reposalmentie, near the services in the centre of Laajasalo, such as the new shopping centre planned to open in autumn 2018.

The winning entry places the tram depot and the parking for the housing units under a deck. The edges of the blocks are framed with row houses built of dark brick. Every block has a higher tower-like multistorey apartment house with light plastered façades and glass walls. The sizes of the housing units vary from spacious studios to four-room apartments of more than 80 square metres. Life-cycle housing is also suggested.

"The tram depot will be placed under a deck so that only the entrances and exits can be seen. Similar depots have been built in Europe earlier on. The object is planned by specialists to ensure that the result will be functional and of high quality," says Project Manager Leena Mätäsniemi from HKL.

The building of the entries in the high-grade contest will begin in 2023

The contest entries were evaluated, among other things, according to how the solution takes the cityscape and architecture into account as well as how viable, cost effective and functional it is in traffic.

"The City is pleased with the high level of the competition. Scapes is a high-quality proposal worth developing more closely in the depot planning and detailed planning process. The City will later look for partners for the building process of the housing units. The aim is for the building process to begin in 2023 at its latest," says Pirjo Sirén, Chairperson of the jury and Project Manager at the Helsinki City Executive Office.

"The proposal has a strong idea concerning the cityscape, which, in a nice way, is based on buildings of different sizes and garden spaces between them. A strong idea can withstand the specifications during the further planning without suffering damage," says Anu Kuutti, Team Manager at the Helsinki City Urban Environment Division.

During the next few years, new housing units for about 6 000 new residents will be built in Laajasalo. The detailed planning of the housing units along the tramline is being done right now. The tram depot will be carried out according to the schedule planned for the tramline Crown Bridges. The tramline will take passengers from the centre via Kruunuvuorenranta to Laajasalo in 2026.

The planning competition for the hybrid block in Laajasalo was organised by the City of Helsinki and the Helsinki City Transport municipal enterprise HKL. Three domestic bureaus as well as one foreign bureau with a Finnish partner bureau were invited to enter the competition.

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 09:21

Clownery, fire theatre, dance film and resident party in summer of Kalasatama

The City of Helsinki has chosen Kalasatama residents' association's resident party, Maria Baric Company's Kalasataman valon juhla ("light party"), Red Nose Company's Kalasataman kulttuuripilkki ("cultural jig") and Susanna Leinonen Company's Kalasatama in Motion project as the environmental art projects of the summer to receive financing. The events are open to the public and free to attend.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 08:57

Helsinki Central Library Oodi Nears Completion

The landmark public library will be complemented by the new Amos Anderson art museum in Helsinki’s cultural district

The downtown cityscape of the Finnish capital Helsinki is about to be crowned with a new landmark building: Helsinki Central Library Oodi will open doors on December 3, 2018.

The library building is a powerful and iconic contemporary design by ALA Architects of Helsinki. It completes Helsinki’s downtown cultural district in the Töölönlahti area, where it is flanked by many other architectural landmarks.

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 11:50

Enter the Helsinki New Horizons photo and video contest

The City of Helsinki organises a photo and video contest in the spirit of the website Helsinki New Horizons. We hope to receive pictures and videos of real situations of living in the different neighbourhoods of Helsinki.

The photo and video contest continues all summer, from 1 June 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 08:30

Housing and land use monitored by City Council

The Helsinki City Council discussed a new report on a programme for housing and related land use at the Council meeting of 16 May 2018. The programme was approved by the City Council in June 2016. The progress of the programme and changes in the programme’s operating environment are reported to the City Council annually.

The population of Helsinki grew by 8,091 in 2017, that is, by 1.3 percent. The volume of residential construction has grown at a record rate.