Urban life and nature shake hands in Kuninkaantammi, where an ecologically sustainable, experiential and communal living environment will be built. Kuninkaantammi will become a colourful and welcoming pedestrian city.

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Kuninkaantammi as an area

Kuninkaantammi is located in the Kaarela district of north-western Helsinki, at the edge of Central Park and Vantaa River. Kuninkaantammi (king’s oak) takes its noble name from the oak tree which, according to legend, was planted by King Gustav III of Sweden in the late 1700s. The oak tree stands in the park that bears its name in the northern part of the area near Vantaa River.

By the end of the decade, Kuninkaantammi is expected to have 5,500 inhabitants.

A pleasant pedestrian environment will be created in the centre of Kuninkaantammi. The structure of apartment blocks in the centre will be enclosed and the courtyards areas sheltered. Parking spaces will be mainly located in basements under residential buildings and under courtyard decks.

4–5-storey buildings will be built along the main streets and 2–3-storey buildings will line the pedestrian streets. Dwellings will be built in apartment blocks, terraced houses, town houses and detached houses.

The southern slope of Kuninkaantammi is an area for wood construction. Small apartment blocks and terraced houses will be built on the edge of Helene Schjerfbeck Park. The wooden apartment blocks on Lammenranta wind around the west side of the vacated Palettilampi pond between Ellen Thesleff Park and Vennynpuisto.

Kuninkaantammenkallio is a landmark area of apartment blocks facing Hämeenlinnanväyla. The Kuninkaantammentie side is an area for residential house  construction. In addition to the infill development, there will be plots for new detached houses to the west and north of the water treatment plant.

Photo: Saara Autere

The map below shows the start-up targets of developers in the area and the types of plot management, i.e. whether the plots will be owner-occupied, rented, right-of-occupancy or student housing.

Kuninkaantammi construction schedule map
Kuninkaantammi construction schedule map

Outdoor facilities are already largely in place in Kuninkaantammi. The Pitkäkoski Hiking Lodge and the great recreational trails of Central Park and Vantaa River are located next to the area.

The 1,000-hectare Central Park has 100 kilometres of outdoor trails, some of which are ski tracks in winter, extending all the way to Helene Schjerfbeck Park and the Pitkäkoski Hiking Lodge. Central Park represents the rich and varied nature of the south coast. The park also includes nature reserves. The Pitkäkoski rapids are the longest natural rapids in the lower reaches of Vantaa River. The rapids are over a kilometre long and have a drop of five metres.

The parks in Kuninkaantammi are built urban parks and natural forest parks. Taidemaalaripuisto park with urban planting will be built in the centre of the area. Helene Schjerfbeck Park at the southern edge of Kuninkaantammi is part of a natural stormwater management system with reservoirs and wetland meadows.

A swimming beach will be built at Palettilampi pond. The artificial pond previously used for drinking water purification will be restored for recreational use and the pond water will be diverted from Lake Päijänne. The pond is surrounded by the Ellen Thesleff Park, which will include picnic areas and allotments.


Kuninkaantammi Vantaanjoki
Photo: Helsingin kaupungin aineistopankki

Kuninkaantammi is a pioneer in stormwater management in Helsinki. Stormwater is rainwater and meltwater run-off from built-up areas. Stormwater management aims, among other things, to prevent flooding caused by heavy rainfall and the run-off of harmful pollutants into water bodies. On the plots, stormwater management is visible as rain gardens, which are not only a water management technique, but also a way to enliven the courtyards for the residents.

The stormwater from Kuninkaantammi is mainly discharged into Mätäjoki River and also into Vantaa River through various delaying systems.

City of Helsinki Storm Water Management Plan


Local detailed plans determine the land use of an area, where we build housing, offices, parks, streets and other roads, for example.

Kuninkaantammi plans on the map - Open larger map(Link leads to external service)

Traffic connections

The Kuninkaantammi area is well connected in different directions by bus, car, bike and on foot. The centre of the district will be pedestrianised. Kuninkaantammi is served by the transverse frequent bus line 560, which connects the area to Myyrmäki and the Ring Rail Line and the eastern districts of Helsinki. The Ring Rail Line stations in Myyrmäki and Malminkartano are located about two kilometres from the area.


Kuninkaantammi services will be concentrated in the heart of the district at Kuninkaantammenaukio square, where a school, daycare centre, brick-and-mortar shops and a convenience store will be built. 

Kuninkaantammi services on the servicemap - Open larger map(Link leads to external service)

Contact information

Kimmo Kuisma

Project Director
Kuninkaantammi urban development

Ilkka Korpi

Project Engineer
Kuninkaantammi urban development