Telakkaranta, a smaller urban regeneration zone west of the Telakkakatu street, is situated between Hernesaari and the neighbouring blocks of Inner Helsinki. The place used to be an industrial area shut away from the public, but it is now opening up for public access as old industrial buildings are giving way to offices, shops, cultural amenities and housing.
The seafront will boast a promenade with cafés, restaurants and historical ships. Housing, too, is built in Telakkaranta, with short access to public services in nearby districts.
In future, the maritime atmosphere in Telakkaranta will blend with a state-of-the-art local architecture. Those buildings with the highest cultural-historical and architectural values dating back more than a century will be protected. The shipyard activities will continue in Hietalahti, a bit north of Hernesaari.
Telakkaranta will offer housing for around 300 as well as various kinds of premises, shops and outdoor sports facilities. The area will join the stretch of parks and lanes running along the shores of southern Helsinki.
Dwellings in Telakkaranta will mainly be new build. The new ridge-roofed residential buildings with red brick frontage smoothly mix with the old buildings of the shipyard and with the architecture in the adjacent Punavuori district. The plan for the area conforms with the traditional street pattern in Helsinki.
With its historic industrial buildings – some of which protected – the shipyard in Hietalahti is one of the last sites of early metal manufacturing that still exist in central Helsinki. Among the protected buildings, the most significant one for the streetscape is a red-brick machine workshop designed by architect Sune Maconi and completed in 1916. The oldest building is a carpenter’s workshop in three storeys (1898) and a two-storey saw and planing mill (1899), both designed by architect Theodor Höijer.