YIT’s proposal Trigoni has been put forward as the winner of the Pasila Tower Area architecture and implementation competition. The competition assessment panel’s proposal concerning the winner of the competition will be processed later this year by the decision-making bodies of Helsinki and the Finnish government.
The Helsinki High-Rise competition, organised by the Finnish Government organisation Senate Properties and the City of Helsinki, sought a high-quality design to form the basis of the city plan for the Tower Area, as well as an implementer for the so-called Start-Up Area, where the construction of the Tower Area is planned to begin. The winner is selected based on city planning criteria.
Proposal Trigoni comprises nine tower buildings to be built on the south side of Pasila Bridge. Five of the towers are to be built west of Veturitie, one will be built in the central area and the remaining three are to be built on the east side of the track. Two of the towers, comprising 51 and 40 stories respectively, are to be located in the so-called Start-Up Area, from where construction will begin. The highest floors of these two towers will consist of apartments, while the lower floors will house offices and a hotel. The towers will be encircled by a 2–3-story base portion and also include underground facilities under the pedestrian areas, which will house additional business premises and a spa, among others facilities. The nine towers will all be built around a central public plaza, which will end up roughly level with Pasila Bridge.
“YIT’s competition entry provides us with an excellent basis for versatile and dense urban development. The Tower Area will be a fine addition to Pasila, which is being built up into an important traffic hub and a lively centre for employment, housing and urban living. By 2040, Pasila will be home to approximately 30,000 residents and provide jobs for more than 50,000 people,” says Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori.
“The impressive results of the Tower Area competition are yet another great example of the power of collaboration between the City, the Finnish government and the private sector. The aim of the development of Central Pasila is to improve the competitiveness of Helsinki and the entire metropolitan area, which the area has excellent potential to do thanks to its location near Helsinki city centre, in the middle of a public transport node and within easy reach of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, “ states CEO of Senate Properties Jari Sarjo.
According to the assessment panel, Trigoni constitutes a sculptural complex that strongly contributes to the area’s identity. The group of uniform buildings looks especially harmonious when viewed from the direction of Kalasatama and the city centre. The proposal was also praised for how the lower base portion encircling the western towers contributes to the creation of a sheltered and pleasant urban environment.
Competition results and transfer of property to be confirmed by the City Council and Parliament
The final decision concerning the selection of the winner and the implementation contract for the Start-Up Area will be made by Helsinki City Council and the Parliament of Finland.
Following the decision, a contract will be drawn up with the winner concerning the purchase of the Start-Up Area and the implementation of the proposed building complex. The Start-Up Area, located south of Pasila Bridge between Pasilankatu and Veturitie, has a permitted building volume of approximately 67,000 floor square metres, encompassing commercial premises, office spaces and homes.
The winning proposal will be used as the basis for preparing a city plan that will serve as the framework for the development of the Start-Up Area. Construction is planned to begin in 2020–2021.
The actual Tower Area encompasses an area south of Pasila Bridge, between Pasilankatu and Ratapihantie, entailing 150,000–200,000 floor square metres of residential, office and shop space. The competition entries can also be utilised in the further planning of the central and eastern parts of the Tower Area.
Winning entry picked based on architectural quality and functionality
The entries were assessed by the competition assessment panel, featuring representatives of Senate Properties and the City of Helsinki. Also involved in the assessment work were representatives nominated by the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA and other experts.
In the second stage of the competition, the proposals were assessed on the basis of their architectural quality and functionality. This assessment encompassed aspects such as originality, the pleasantness of the urban environment and the functionality of pedestrian and traffic arrangements.
A total of ten proposals were submitted in the first stage of the competition, of which eight were approved for assessment. Of these proposals, four were selected for the second round on the basis of the quality assessment. Of the four competitors selected for the second round, two ultimately submitted binding offers.
The Pasila Tower Area competition is based on the Central Pasila component master plan, which was approved by the City Council in 2006, and the clarifying town planning proposal, which was approved by the City Planning Committee in 2012. The competition programme prepared by the City and the Finnish state was approved by the City Council in 2017.
The planning proposals recognised in the competition will be displayed at the city planning information and exhibition space Laituri, located in the old Kamppi bus station, for the month of November.
Helsinki city centre expanding northwards
- Pasila is an important public traffic hub for Helsinki and one of Helsinki’s key districts undergoing renewal. By 2040, Pasila will be home to approximately 30,000 residents and provide jobs for more than 50,000 people. The number of jobs is set to double and the number of residents will almost triple compared to today’s levels.
- Construction in Central Pasila began in the central city block with the Tripla complex, which encompasses business premises, offices, housing and a public transport hub. The Mall of Tripla and Pasila’s new station are set to open in autumn 2019, with the entire city block scheduled for completion in 2020.
- Construction of the railway yard blocks, set to provide homes for 3,000 residents to the north of the central city block, began this autumn.
- The renewal of Pasila is also set to continue in the old engineering works area and in Ilmala. Construction in the coming years will also begin in Postipuisto in northern Pasila.
- In the future, the Pasila-Vallila-Kalasatama axis will form one of Helsinki’s key zones for development.