Kalasatama is ideal for people who appreciate an easy everyday life. Public services are nearby and more will be built as construction progresses. Good public transport and Redi’s comprehensive commercial services are also close by. At the end of 2020, some 7,000 people will already be living in Kalasatama.
In Kalasatama, you are living in an urban, dense setting, close to services and public transport. Good transport connections are available in many directions. The sea is present everywhere. When the area is completed, a six-kilometre route will run alongside the shores of Kalasatama. Isoisänsilta, a bridge leading from Sörnäistenniemi to Mustikkamaa, allows pedestrians and cyclists to enter the Mustikkamaa outdoor areas, where they can find jogging routes as well as a beach, playing fields and a dog park. Kalasatamanpuisto has a small playing field that is frozen in the winter (weather permitting) and a playground and barbecue area. Sompasaari will receive the secluded Loviseholminpuisto park and, towards the final stages of Kalasatama’s construction, the extensive Hermannin rantapuisto will be built in the northern part of the area.
Homes in Kalasatama will mainly be in apartment buildings, but the area will also have urban single-family homes, tower blocks and even floating apartments. Kalasatama’s versatile offering of apartments has something for everyone.
Redi will have eight tower blocks, seven of which will be built for housing. The first apartment tower, Majakka, was completed in 2019. The next tower, Loisto, will be completed in autumn 2021. The towers will be 20–37 storeys high, with the tallest being over 130 metres. In total, Redi will have some 1,800 apartments. The towers will also feature services to facilitate housing, such as lobby services.
The plots for floating apartments in northern Verkkosaari are reserved for JMV-Research Oy, Marina Housing/Bluet Oy and Mimosa Invest Oy. It is estimated that the apartments can be brought into the area around 2022.
In accordance with the city of Helsinki’s housing policy, Kalasatama will have owner-occupied apartments, privately financed and state-subsidised rental dwellings, right-of-occupancy apartments, price regulated Hitas apartments and apartments for students and senior citizens. Kalasatama also has several group construction projects with various models and concepts for housing.
A pipe collection for waste simplifies everyday life for the residents. Less service traffic means that the living environment is safer and more comfortable. The system is operated by Kalasataman Imu Oy.
Kalasatama supports a community spirit in many ways. Shared courtyards are used by several housing companies. In addition to shared courtyards, Kalasatama also has shared-use vehicles and what are known as flexible spaces. For example, a housing company can rent its premises to others, even by the hour if so desired. In the flexible space service, residents and other parties can easily find available spaces for gatherings, hobbies and short-term work, for example.
Kalasatama is also experimenting with how technology can facilitate everyday life. The different experiments performed with the residents and companies emphasise service design and user orientation.
The nomenclature at Kalasatama has been influenced by the port’s history, among other things. Kalasatama has also revived the 19th century tradition of naming city blocks in Helsinki. The tradition of naming city blocks that started with the fire ordinance of 1820 was discontinued at the turn of the 20th century, as it was no longer considered necessary when creating the detailed plans for Töölö and the north side of Pitkänsilta. Now, some one hundred years later, city block names were given a new lease on life in Sörnäistenniemi.