(Virtual Press Office)-1.3.2012 -The Helsinki – Finland stand gathers this year together seven cities: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Lahti, Tampere, Turku and Kotka. Corporative partners are NCC Property Development, SRV Group Plc, Skanska Commercial Development Finland and Invest in Finland.

World Design Capital Helsinki
Helsinki is one of the newest success stories among European metropolitan areas. The New York Times listed Helsinki as the second most interesting destination in the world in 2012. Helsinki is also the most livable city in the world, according to British lifestyle magazine Monocle.

This year Helsinki will be the World Design Capital. Urban planning and architectural design played an important role in the selection. Design manifests itself in the everyday lives of Helsinki citizens in many ways today and in the future. The creative sector also plays a huge role in the economic growth of the metropolitan area.

The city is undergoing remarkable changes
Waterfront areas of 250 hectares will be transformed into major development projects, creating 4.5 million m² for new residential areas and almost 2.5 million m² for business areas by 2040. This means new homes for 100,000 people and jobs for tens of thousands.

The development aims at high density and reliance on public transport, while energy-related and environmental aspects will play important roles. The city builds the new areas' infrastructure and public service facilities, and organizes the traffic. The total investment will be remarkable. In the next three years alone, the city will invest 700 million euros annually. The target in housing construction is 5,000 new units per year.


In future, Kalasatama will provide a large number of commercial services for businesses and residents. 390,000 m2 of office premises will be built, and the district will provide a workplace for 8,000 people.

Kalasatama Centre will be implemented as a partnership project between a private developer SRV and the City of Helsinki. The developer of the 180,000m2 Centre will plan and construct the premises, the shopping centre, streets, bridges, the extension to the metro station and the social and health clinic.

Premises and lots
Kalasatama offers numerous lots for business premises, with ecological solutions, transformability and services along historical industrial buildings and modern architecture. The transformation of a former gasometer in Suvilahti into a large cultural centre adds further value to the area.

Smart energy and waste solutions
The carbon-neutral future of energy services is being built in Kalasatama. The goal is a model neighborhood with a smart grid of global significance, where the latest technological innovations in energy, information and telecommunications are combined. The logistics of Kalasatama will be eased with an automated vacuum waste collection system.

The Eastern Artistic Axis takes you from Kalasatama to Arabianranta
Arabianranta district spreads at only a two or three kilometers' distance from Kalasatama. A project entitled 'Arabia Helsinki becoming visible' will be launched this year. There are several layers to be discovered in this lively city suburb. The WDC 2012 themes are ''Open Helsinki'' and ''Embedding Design in Life''. Other important themes are user-orientation, design, history, nature and residents.

Kalasatama Facts
Land Area 175 hectares, Business premises floor area 390,000m2, Services floor area 45,000m2, Jobs 8,000, Housing floor area 1,000,000m2 (6,000-7,000 units), Residents 20,000, Travel time to the city centre by metro 6 minutes, Construction time 2009-2030s.


The new urban district, a mere 10-minute tram ride from Helsinki city centre, has a metro station nearby, a highway connection to the west and a newly designed pedestrian and cycle route Baana to the city centre. The shoreline is to be developed to provide public recreational areas with seafront promenades, cafés and marinas.

More than 5 million passengers pass through the harbor yearly
Serving the route between Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia, the existing passenger boat harbor will remain in Jätkäsaari. Also a new line Helsinki – St. Petersburg has started operations this year.

Commercial services and business premises
The vicinity to the city centre along with the demand for various kinds of services makes Jätkäsaari an attractive location for entrepreneurs. In addition to its 17,000 residents, services will be utilized by people travelling through the passenger harbor, staying in hotels, using the sports centre or working in the area.

A commercial centre and two – three hotels will be constructed in Jätkäsaari. Ground floors of residential buildings along the main streets will be utilized for business use, and the largest commercial premises will be situated in the central blocks (60,000 m2), with additional office spaces to be built near the harbor. A competition to select the developer is to be organized in the next few years.

The housing stock offers everyone a suitable housing mode
The housing stock in Jätkäsaari is diverse. The high-rises have mainly 7 to 8 floors and their two upper floors with terraces form a low-rise like structure. The highest apartment block has 16 floors. The number of floors in the buildings decreases the closer the sea is. At the waterfront, the dwelling houses are 2 to 3 floor row houses and townhouse city low-rises.

Jätkäsaari Facts:
Land area 100 hectares, Parks 20 hectares, Business and services floor area 300,000 m2, Jobs 6,000, Residential buildings floor area 600,000 m2 , Residents 16,000 -17,000, Travel time to Helsinki centre 5–10 minutes. Construction period 2009–2025.

Telakkaranta – plans to revitalize an old shipyard from the 19th century
Close to Jätkäsaari, an old shipyard area is – according to plans - to be revitalized and turned into a living room for the citizens. The winning entry of a competition organized for the future of Telakkaranta, entitled Living Harbor, has now been developed further, and a street plan has been drafted for the area.

The plans for the area include a seafront promenade with cafés, restaurants and historic docked ships. Most of the buildings in the area are old red-brick storehouses and newer industrial halls that will be converted into offices, shops and cultural venues. In addition, new apartment and office blocks have been planned. Telakkaranta will be linked to the shoreline walking paths that circle the heart of Helsinki.


Tuesday March 6th at 15 (City of Helsinki), at 16 (City of Espoo) and at 17 (City of Vantaa)

Wednesday March 7th at 14 (Helsinki – Jätkäsaari), at 15 (City of Tampere) and at 16 (City of Lahti)

Thursday March 8th at 13 (Helsinki – Kalasatama), at 14 (City of Turku) and at 15 (City of Kotka)



Mr. Hannu Penttilä
Deputy Mayor, City Planning and Real Estate, City of Helsinki, tel. +358 50 3313939

Mr. Jaakko Stauffer
Head of Department, Real Estate Department, City of Helsinki, tel. +358 50 5053278

Mrs. Marja-Leena Rinkineva
Director, Economic and Planning Centre, City of Helsinki

Mr. Timo Laitinen
Project Director, Economic and Planning Centre, City of Helsinki

Mrs. Ulla Kuitunen
Architect MSc, SAFA, Helsinki City Planning Department

Mr. Nyrki Tuominen
Director, Business Development, City of Helsinki, tel. +358 50 3369277

Mrs. Leena Hakala, Marketing Manager, Business Development, City of Helsinki,, tel. +358 50 562 3624

Mrs. Sirkka Mäkeläinen, Communications Manager, Economic and Planning Centre, City of Helsinki,, tel. +358 500 801 044
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