From the perspective of an investor or a business player, Kalasatama holds a great deal of promise. Subscribing to the European trend of ambitious waterfront construction, Kalasatama is very much a part of the “reclaim the shores” movement.
This former harbour/industrial area is reinventing itself as a genuine Smart City with emphasis on new business opportunity. Kalasatama represents a new type of urban innovation platform which is aimed at co-creating smart urban infrastructure and services. As a consequence, several cutting-edge companies have taken an interest on the area.
If ever there was a place in Finland where a pioneering, innovative mindset was held in high regard, this is it.
That’s not to say there isn’t already a lot of things going on. The ultra-modern REDI Shopping Centre opened its doors in autumn 2018, featuring 60,000 square metres of commercial space.
REDI is also the ”base” for ambitious deck construction as there is as many as eight towers included in the complex. The first residential tower, Lighthouse, will be completed in 2019.
Also the new headquarters of retail powerhouse K Group is located here, bringing 1,700 employees to the neighbourhood.
Companies – big and small – flock to Kalasatama, because of its great location by the sea, right next to the city core. Companies also enjoy the fact that Kalasatama is not exactly your typical business campus, with limited services and no residential component. In Kalasatama, there’s a great balance of residential, corporate and service elements.
The mixed use approach is one key reason why companies have been renting more and premises in the neighbourhood and supply has increased along with the growing demand. While many districts in Helsinki have issues with occupancy rates, Kalasatama has clearly struck a chord with the businesses: “modern, marine and mobile” are the new watch words.
The seaside appeal of Kalasatama is only heightened by its great connectivity: for example, it takes a mere six-minute metro ride to get from downtown to Kalasatama. The neighbouring districts of Vallila and Pasila are within easy reach, too. Need to get to the airport real quick? – It’s less than half an hour away.
In addition, getting to the office is rarely this easy. You can take the metro, tram, bus – or ride a bike to work!
Great connections are also needed since the area features both cultural and culinary pursuits (Suvilahti and Teurastamo) and the Korkeasaari Zoo is close, too.
The local attractions already bring one million annual visitors to the district – and this figure will only increase in the years to come.