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commercial hub – called Tripla Centre – will be built in the railway yard area freed up in the Central Pasila area. Building rights of approximately 183,000 square metres will be zoned in the area, and the total value of the project is approximately EUR 1 billion. Niina Puumalainen, the City Project Manager for Pasila, says that Tripla promises to be a very innovative centre. “The trains will run through here, as well as trams and buses, and we also have a strong focus on pedestrians and cyclists,” she promises. There is even a reservation for a metro line here. “In addition, there will be a new rail in Pasila which makes it possible to add train connection to and from Pasila,” she says. dering Ratapihantie, Pasilansilta and Pasilankatu. “The Pasila station and its surrounding areas will be totally transformed. Central Pasila will become a modern meeting place, with, for instance, a shopping centre – one of the biggest in Finland – and a conference centre as well as business headquarters. Also, the multipurpose arena will deliver something really special, making it possible to host concerts and athletic events, too,” Puumalainen says. The architectural concept for Tripla was created by the Dutch architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.). The Finnish architect and main designer of the project is Architects Soini & Horto. Delivering the Total Package Green List The construction of the Tripla project will begin when the local plan is confirmed, which is estimated to take place in 2015, and it will be implemented in phases over a period of six years. The new diverse Tripla Centre, which is designed to be comfortable in terms of functionality and landscape, will feature offices, shops and a conference centre, housing, hotel, multipurpose arena and a terminal for public transport. The centre is located in a logistics traffic node, with the area bor- Ecological criteria were a key requirement in the implementation and design competition. Environmental friendliness and energy efficiency have been the starting points in the planning, says Puumalainen. “We want to launch a new, greener Pasila and as one sign of this approach, green roofs will cover one third of the total roof area.” The energy efficiency of Tripla will be significantly improved from the norm. Ecological transportation is supported by parking places for over 3,400 bicycles and charging stations for over 400 electric cars. “We will also have a public park for the residents, located in the middle of the area.” Furthermore, waste collection will be realised using a central vacuum waste delivery system. A sustainability co-ordinator will be responsible for the realisation of the criteria in all of the project phases. Pasila Goes Vertical Beyond Tripla, Central Pasila will also feature ambitious high-rise construction. “There are plans for as many as ten towers in the area,” says Niina Puumalainen, adding that the towers will feature both offices and residential space. Hybrid buildings are what the City would prefer to have in this setting, but other kinds of solutions can be deployed as well. According to Puumalainen, companies are very excited about Pasila – in fact, it is among the few places in the metropolitan area where you don’t have to consider, whether the location is good or not. In a commercial sense or from office viewpoint, Pasila offers simply superb location and connections: “Pasila sends an international, high-quality message,” she says. The new traffic/commercial hub – called Tripla Centre – will be built in the railway yard area freed up in the Central Pasila area. Photo: YIT Nordicum 35