Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2013 - Page 26

View from Kalasatama Centre to the South. pleased to notice that the citizens have already embraced the area: “In the future, we want to promote this type of grass-roots activity even more, making sure that everyone has the chance to enjoy Kalasatama and everything it has to offer.” Kruunuvuorenranta: Neighbourhood of Light Slightly removed from Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari, there is something equally exciting in the works, as well. A new seaside district, Kruunuvuorenranta, will be built during the next decade opposite the city centre, on the eastern shore of Kruunuvuorenselkä open sea. This close-to-the-nature residential area will be built in an area to be vacated by oil tanks – and in fact, the oil tanks have a role in raising the profile of the neighbourhood. An art project, using light in an innovative way – called Silo 468 – has been lighting up the neighbourhood-to-be for a while now. Project Director Jari Tirkkonen says that the light installation provides an ample symbol since the idea is to turn Kruunuvuorenranta into “a neighbourhood of light”. “For instance, we want to integrate lighting solutions to buildings in a novel way and deploy other means, too,” Tirkkonen promises. In addition, the profile of 24 Nordicum the area is very much about the nature – there are impressive forests here and even the last remaining nature-state pond in Helsinki. Smitten by the Sea It is clear that the location of the district in an archipelagian seascape – on a peninsula projecting into the sea – is of exceptional beauty. The presence of the sea can be sensed everywhere and the shore can be reached by foot in a matter of minutes. “We envision Kruunuvuorenranta as a spa area for the metropolitan area, complete with a great beach,” Tirkkonen says, adding that in order to make that dream come true, the beach may well materialise before the houses themselves. After all, if you’re going to build an area for 15-20 years, it makes sense to create “social anchors” to make the neighbourhood better known. Another interesting feature is the “Canal City” which is being planned for the southern Koirasaari area: “We want the architecture and planning to be of especially high quality in the Canal City. We are looking for a genuine marina-type atmosphere here, with landscape planning and visual aspects taking top priority,” Tirkkonen says. One key concern for Kruunuvuorenranta is getting connected to the downtown Helsinki via a bridge. There are plans to build a bridge from Kruunuvuorenranta to Sompasaari via Korkeasaari – and according to initial plans, this would be tram-bicycle-pedestrian bridge only. “We are looking into the bridge option and there is an international competition going regarding this subject,” Tirkkonen says, adding that the bridge project has attracted some of the very best designers in the world. “This shows that both Kruunuvuorenranta and Helsinki have plenty of international appeal.” Pasila: Centre 2.0 Moving inland from the shores, we find Pasila, the number two traffic hub in the nation. All the trains stop here and trams and buses very much congregate in the area, making Pasila – in essence – a second city centre 3.5 kilometres removed from the old city centre. Still, as potent as Pasila already is there are plans to make it much more impressive: the idea here is to turn Central Pasila into a new kind of urban centre for business, service and housing. As the State owns the land in the area, the development is very much a joint project between Senate Properties and the City of Helsinki. At present, Central Pasila is being dominated by the railway and rail yard. Once the rail yard has been moved elsewhere, a great deal of space becomes available and