Urban development in Helsinki
By Andrew Somerville and Michael Stevns
Ramboll and developer YIT Construction are part of the winning team of the Helsinki High-rise Design-Build Competition with their Trigoni proposal.
The proposal consists of 9 triangular prism towers, with the highest 51 storeys and approximately 180 metres. The goal of the project is to develop quality urban spaces that reflect the Finnish and Scandinavian tradition for urban planning and architecture.
Organized by the Finnish Government and the City of Helsinki, the project forms part of a much larger urban strategy for the transformation of the city into an international business hub. The Pasila Tower Area will be Finland’s first high-rise district, a building typology that is currently gaining traction in Scandinavia.
“Trigoni brings the future of high-rise construction to Finland,” says Juha Valtari, Business Director of Buildings, Ramboll Finland. “Ramboll has decades of experience in designing high-rise buildings globally. We are delighted to bring the best of our world-class expertise to this unique landmark in Helsinki, ensuring that it meets the social, economic, ecological and cultural needs of its users over the decades to come.”
The Pasila area is planned as a dense mixed-used development blending residential, commercial and cultural use with everyday activities. Connectivity – ensuring that those functions are physically and functionally integrated – is a key for creating a vibrant city centre. The development will also be connected to the busiest public transport hub in Finland, with extensive pedestrian and bicycle routes.
“Urban development is in the core of our strategy,” says Jouni Forsman, EVP, Housing Services and Special Projects at YIT. “Trigoni combines service areas regarding commerce, work, housing and transportation. Together with the Mall of Tripla services, they form a unique whole, further enhancing the appeal of Central Pasila. A living city is built together, and we want to thank all our partners for good cooperation in the process of creating the Trigoni proposal.”
According to Shonn Mills, Global Director for High-Rise at Ramboll, “We have extensive global experience with developing smart services for urban districts based on the principles of sustainability. Our smart energy concept and façade engineering proposal for Trigoni supports Helsinki’s aim of being carbon neutral by 2035.”
Construction is scheduled to commence between 2020–2021 after the city plan has been confirmed. Pasila is expected to house approximately 30,000 residents and provide jobs for more than 50,000 people.