Telakkaranta is being built next door to Hernesaari. An area that was previously largely closed to the public will not open up to the citizens as the old industrial buildings become offices, businesses and cultural premises. The shore pier area will also have a shore promenade with cafés, restaurants and historic ships. The area will also have apartments that are only a short distance away from the services of the adjacent districts.
Telakkaranta, located between the Hietalahti water area and Telakkakatu, draws its maritime atmosphere from the history of the shipyard, the small boat harbour, the cruise ships at Jätkäsaari passenger port, Hernesaari shipyard and, in the summer, the massive ocean cruisers at Hernesaari.
In the future, the maritime nature and industrial history of Telakkaranta will merge with high-quality architecture. The most culturally and architecturally significant industrial buildings from the turn of the 20th century will be protected. Shipyard operations will continue in Hietalahti, to the west of the Hernesaari area.
The planning of Telakkaranta was started with an international invitational architecture competition in autumn 2010. The winners were Danish architects Lundgaard &Tranberg Arkitekter A/S. The City of Helsinki and Skanska have been advancing the plans for the area together, as Skanska owns the plots in Telakkaranta while the city owns the streets.
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When the renewed Telakkaranta is complete, it will have homes for some 300 people, different business premises and cultural spaces and new opportunities for outdoor activities. The area will become a part of the route circling the inner city’s shores. The renovation of Telakkaranta will breathe new life into Hietalahdenlaituri as a place for restaurants, cafés, exhibition spaces and museum ships.
The apartments in Telakkaranta will be new builds. The new gabled residential buildings with brick façades will be a natural match with the old shipyard buildings and Punavuori. The plan for the area is placed on Helsinki’s traditional grid layout.
The apartment buildings are characterised by the sharp ridge roofs, brick architecture resembling the preserved shipyard buildings, a view of the sea over Hietalahti and interconnected, gradually growing 4–13-storey buildings. The streets in Telakkaranta open towards the pier, and there are natural access routes between the blocks.
The cityscape at Telakkaranta emphasises Helsinki’s industrial history. Telakkaranta has the oldest parts of Helsinki’s areas used for traditional shipyard operations. The buildings consist of an old, red brick core of industrial buildings around which the later buildings are grouped.
Hietalahti shipyard is one of the last environments shaped by early industry in the centre of Helsinki. The area has industrial buildings of historical significance, some of which will be protected while others will be torn down.
Of the buildings to be protected, the most important in terms of cityscape is the machine shop hall with a red brick façade from 1916, designed by the architect Sune Macon. The oldest buildings in the area are the three-storey wood workshop (1898) and the two-storey sawmill and planing mill (1899) designed by Theodor Höijer.
Other valuable buildings include a former brass foundry (1914) on Telakkakatu, built from reinforced concrete, that represents the same building phase as the machine shop hall, and the shipyard office along Munkkisaarenkatu designed by Bertel Liljeqvist.
This area is listed in the city plan as an area of importance in terms of cultural history, architecture and landscape. In the valid local detailed plan from 1982, these old valuable buildings have not been protected, and the local detailed plan is outdated in this respect. The most valuable buildings in the area are listed for protection in a study ordered by the Helsinki City Museum (Helsingin kantakaupungin teollisuusympäristöt (Industrial environments in Helsinki’s inner city), Helsinki City Museum, 1995).
The main street for Telakkaranta is Telakkakatu, and its transport connections will be partially redesigned. The will be two tram stops near Telakkaranta, one at Telakanpuistikko and another on the southern end of the area.
The outdoor route that circles the shores of the inner city is easily accessible by bike and on foot, and it leads all the way to Arabianranta and Vanhankaupunginlahti. A water bus connection is also planned for Telakkaranta.
Parking places will be built under a deck. In the future, paid guest and customer parking places will also be available in Hietalahdenranta on the street sides and near the service station.