05.03.2014

The Innovative Triangle in Helsinki Capital Area

Combine business design expertise, add a dose of science excellence and what do you get? Tapiola, Otaniemi and Keilaniemi in eastern Espoo have shot to international prominence a long time ago. With the emergence of the metro line in 2015, the three neighbours will be linked together like never before.

Tapiola, the Garden City

Historically, the best-known is Tapiola, the legendary “Garden City” which celebrated its 60th birthday last year. Acknowledged globally as an iconic blueprint for urban living in a natural setting, the area features, as its core, a commercial centre that pioneered the field in Finland. The community is internationally known as a groundbreaking effort in city planning and construction the area is held architecturally in very high esteem, receiving lavish praise also for its versatility.

The entire Tapiola Centre will go over a complete transformation by 2020 – spurred on by the arrival of the metro in 2015. Great care will be taken in the renewal to preserve the architecturally significant centre designed by the architect Aarne Ervi.

The next chapter in the evolution of Tapiola Centre calls for a multifaceted urban centre with modern mass transportation terminals, well-organised parking and maintenance arrangements, a wide variety of services as well as pedestrian areas and meeting places.

Residential use – which has always been a strong element – should encompass about 400,000 square metres office construction will add another 400,000 and the rest will be divided between trade, education and service premises.

Furthermore, Tapiola will be linked to Otaniemi in an unprecedented manner as a “green deck” is used to cover Ring Road I.

Greener than Ever

The new Tapiola will also be even greener than the old one with dedicated focus on sustainable development. For example, as the Tapiola Centre is planned as one entity from the beginning, there are considerable energy savings to be achieved. The area will also feature a mass district cooling system. With underground parking, cars won’t even be visible. And with the metro, the need for cars is minimised.

Source: Real Estate Annual 2014