Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2014 - Page 25

Photo: HKP Architects The architecturally valuable ”Ervi centre” around Tapionraitti and Keskusallas will be developed respecting its origins and traditions. In the new Tapiola centre, only areas that already have buildings will be built on. so, the environs of the station will be developed into a services and wellbeing park which will feature a lot of “grey power”. “We are making solutions that will make the area enjoyable to especially senior citizens,” Saari says. For instance, the new Tynnyripuisto (Barrel Park) promises to combine leisure and services in a novel way. “In the Suomenlahdentie area, on the other hand, there will be a very diverse residential offering.” There’s been talk of a swimming hall in Matinkylä for years, too, and according to Saari, there are plans to that effect already: “We are looking for players who could realise the concept.” Big on Personality Looking at the string of stations from Keilaniemi to Matinkylä, Kokkinen and Louko are confident that the stations will deliver a totally new type of metro experience. “Each station will have a personality of its own,” Kokkinen promises. It is no secret that even flashy personalities are welcomed here, since a range of renown artists has been hired to work on their own designated stations – with artist Jaakko Niemelä coordinating the over-all effort. Coming off a successful World Des