Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2014 - Page 36

Kruunuvuorenranta, a new seaside and real closeto-the-nature residential area will be “Light City”, where integrating lighting art to all residential plots in a novel way. fined by their temporary and inexpensive nature. This way, it doesn’t take long to figure out what works and what doesn’t. The key lies in open participation: getting the residents involved in developing smart solutions which improve the quality of life for all. Hannu Penttilä points out that Smart Kalasatama is no vision: it is about taking action and making a difference. “We’re building a real city district with real people – and using real smart solutions to do it,” he sums up. The development of the Kalasatama district will continue to the 2030’s, and, eventually, the district will become home to 20,000 residents and 8,000 jobs. Today, Kalasatama is already home to about 1,500 residents. Kalasatama will also feature highrise construction of unprecedented verticality: The Kalasatama Centre will consist of eight tower blocks which will feature 20–33 storeys (the highest tower reaching 126 metres). The towers will be complemented by a versatile commercial centre – which is to include a world-class mall – and a social and healthcare centre. Kruunuvuorenranta: Light City 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. Project Manager Kari Pudas can’t say enough of the project: “It’s the perfect development project with a perfect location,” he says, adding that the distance to downtown is only three kilometres, over the waves. 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 34 Nordicum a role in raising the profile of the neighbourhood, too. An art project, using light in an innovative way – called Oil Container 468 – has been lighting up the neighbourhoodto-be for a while now. The light installation provides an ample symbol for the area, since the idea is to turn Kruunuvuorenranta into “Light City”. This means, for instance, integrating lighting art to all residential plots in a novel way. The over-all lighting principles of the area were developed via an international design contest. Marine Magic In addition, the profile of the area is very much about the nature – there are impressive forests here and even the last remaining nature-state pond in Helsinki. 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. And there is rich history to build on, too: Kari Pudas points out that there is an old silver mine in the neighbourhood and an old mansion community. “We want expand on this legacy to build a great new community.” And the construction effort is in full swing: ground was broken in spring 2013 as the street and infrastructure network started to take shape. “The residential construction will start in April 2014,” says Pudas. Wanted: Social Anchors According to the Kruunuvuorenranta vision, the neighbourhood could well become a spa area for the metropolitan area, complete with a great beach. 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”