Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2014 - Page 28

Power Triangle Tapiola, Otaniemi and Keilaniemi join forces to create the most innovative trio in the country Combine business savvy with design expertise, add a healthy dose of science excellence and what do you get? Sounds like the “Power Triangle” of East Espoo: namely, Tapiola, Otaniemi and Keilaniemi. Each of these neighbourhoods are stars of their own right, having shot to international prominence a long time ago. But when you put them together, you have a true superstar. 26 Nordicum W ith the emergence of the metro line in 2015, the three neighbours will be linked together like never before – and synergies are overflowing. But what can we expect from this innovation powerhouse? Well, the triangle is already the most international science and innovation area and the largest technology area in Northern Europe – and where else could you find 5,000 researchers, 110 nationalities and 8,000 jobs in ICT industry within a 15-minute walk? The success of Otaniemi, Tapiola and Keilaniemi drives pretty much the entire country when it comes to the competition for knowledge-intensive businesses and jobs. Recognising the inherent opportuni- ties here, the City of Espoo has composed a T3 strategy – signifying ‘science’, ‘art’ and ‘economy – which seeks to make the most of this perfect marriage. The City is also willing to invest heavily on the triangle: the renewal of Tapiola, Otaniemi and Keilaniemi will be the largest single construction project in the history of Espoo. In the coming years, massive investments to the tune of 4-5 billion euros will pour into the area. Winning Ways Project Director Antti Mäkinen is in charge of the T3 Triangle Development Project and very much excited about the project: