Houses in Kruunuvuorenranta are built densely while respecting the environment and the history of the area. Most of the area will remain in public use as parks, nature conservation areas and areas for recreational use.

 

How Kruunuvuorenranta is being built

Kruunuvuorenranta is being built on a 260-hectare area that used to be the Laajasalo oil harbour. Construction is well under way and will continue until around 2030. The first residents moved to Borgströminmäki and Gunillankallio in autumn 2015. By the end of 2020, there were already 2,630 apartments and some 4,800 residents.

Approximately 7,500 apartments, with a total floor area of some 580,000 floor square metres, will be built in the area. The total floor area for business premises and services will be some 55,000 floor square metres.

The soil has been decontaminated before construction. Some plots will be excavated or filled for housing construction. Streets and water supply will also be built before the houses. 

The history as an oil harbour can be seen in the new Kruunuvuorenranta. Former oil silos will be left in place for different purposes, to serve as reminders of an industrial past. The light installation Öljysäiliö 468 (“Oil Silo 468”) shines in one of the silos.

Construction that respects the environment

Kruunuvuorenranta is being built in alignment with and with respect to the environment. The house types and housing construction solutions for the forest terrain and shores are varied and even experimental.

Despite the inner city look, some apartments will be different urban single-family homes, from townhouses to floating apartments. New forms of flat living are also sought. A loft building, three-story town villas, star-shaped apartment buildings and 8–10-storey tower blocks have been built.

The shores will have varying looks. Haakoninlahti, opposite the inner city, will have squares and a beach boulevard with services. Some of the shores at Haakoninlahti and Kruunuvuori will be built into parks, some will be left in their natural states.

Street and park construction

Streets and parks are being constructed in stages according to the housing construction schedule. Street finishing work is usually not done before the buildings have been completed. Parks are built after the surrounding streets and bloks are finished.

The streets in the Borgströminmäki and Gunillankallio areas are almost finished. The street Koirasaarentie (between Saaristolaivastonkatu and Reiherintie), and the municipal engineering and the structure layers of streets in the area Hopealaakso and northern parts of Haakoninlahti are constructed, and streets are finished along with the finalising of the tramline and plots. The dredging and filling work is finished in the Koirasaaret and Varisluodonlahti (future Kruunuvuorenranta beach) areas. Building of streets and municipal engineering is under construction in the southern parts of Haakoninlahti and in the Kruunuvuori area.

The Kruunuvuorenranta dog pen and the Saaristofregatinpuisto parkway have been completed. Pre-construction is under way for the Hopealaakso sports park.

Which kinds of areas will Kruunuvuorenranta have?

Kruunuvuorenranta has a varied selection of different sub-areas. 

  • Haakoninlahti is located opposite Katajanokka and it will be Kruunuvuorenranta’s most densely populated, inner city-like, apartment building dominated area by the sea. The area will have some 4,500 residents. The city blocks and house types will be varied and experimental. The large shared courtyards delimited by the apartment buildings, the beach boulevards and Saaristofregatinpuisto park offer time for leisure activities. A shared space and gym for the residents has been completed next to the parking garage. Haakoninlahti will also have street-level premises for local services.
     
  • Gunillankallio has been built in the middle of nature, preserving the rocks and pine trees. Construction in the area started first, in 2014, and the area is nearly complete. Gunillankallio will have homes for more than 1,500 residents. Most of the housing will be in flats. Many upper floor apartments have views of the sea or the inner city. The renovation and expansion of the adjacent Tahvonlahti primary school and day-care centre has started in 2021.
     
  • At Borgströminmäki, construction started in 2014, and homes for over 1,400 residents have been completed. The housing blocks are ready, and Kruunuvuorenranta’s first day-care centre and a citizen space built next to it are available to the residents. The grocery store Alepa opened its doors at the end of 2019 on Koirasaarentie, and the Kaitalahdenkuru dog pen was completed in February 2020. A fire station will also be built in Borgströminmäki at the end of the 2020s.
     
  • Kruunuvuori offers fantastic views of the sea and the inner city. Kruunuvuorenlampi, registered in Helsinki’s nature conservation programme, is located at the northern end of the area. Single-family houses and apartment buildings will be constructed at the southern end. The city blocks will rise up the rocky incline like terraces.  Most apartments will have a view of the sea. There will be some 1,500 residents.
     
  • The Koirasaaret area of apartment buildings and single-family houses (“blocks on the water”) is located at the southernmost end of Kruunuvuorenranta. The Koirasaaret area has been expanded by filling the sea, and a new artificial island has been created to the east of the existing island. Filling and pre-construction work was completed in early 2020. Canals will remain between the islands, making it possible to live right by the water in the future. Some plots have their own shoreline. Nearly all apartments have a view of the sea or a canal. A boat harbour is being planned for the eastern shore, while Koirasaarenpuisto is in the plans for the western side.
  • An architectural competition was held for the large city block between the extensive nature area of Hopealaakso and Koirasaarentie. Homes for 600 residents were completed around the large, communal block courtyard in 2019. A sports park and day-care centre will also be located in the area. The day-care centre finished and construction of the sports park started 2021.
     
  • The single-family house area of Kaitalahti will expand up to Hopeakaivoksentie.  
  • The construction of Stansvikinkallio’s apartment buildings and single-family houses will take advantage of the area’s characteristics, nature, rocks and elevation differences. The city blocks will be built around Stansvikinkallio park in a ring-like fashion. Stansvikinkallio will have homes for 2,000 residents. Street-level business premises will also be built along the Haakoninlahdenkatu and Varisluodonkatu squares.
     
  • In the beach, park and central block area, the beach apartment blocks will have homes for some 500 residents in townhouses and small apartment buildings. Haakoninlahdenpuisto park, connecting the shores of Haakoninlahti and Varisluodonlahti, will also have a playpark. The public services block in the centre will have a comprehensive school, day-care centre, playpark premises, sports park and youth facilities as well as, possibly, a Swedish school and day-care centre. The adjacent private services block will have most of the commercial services in Kruunuvuorenranta. The block will be built as a hybrid block, offering new homes for some 450 residents in addition to the business and service premises. Huttuvadinpuisto park and Stansvikinranta beach will be built to the south of the service blocks.

What is happening in Kruunuvuorenranta in 2021?

  • Housing unit construction will be continued in Haakoninlahti and Gunillankallio and started in Kruunuvuori.
  • The wooden Hopealaakso daycare centre will be completed in summer 2021. There will be Finnish- and Swedish-language early childhood education units in the daycare centre.
  • Preconstruction of the neighbouring Kruunuvuorenranta sports park has started.
  • The modernisation and extension of Tahvonlahti school and the new construction replacing Tahvonlahti daycare centre have started in spring 2021.
  • The results of the architecture competition regarding Kruunuvuorenranta central school and playground were announced in spring 2021.
  • Slightly more than half of the streets have been constructed. The streets and municipal technology of the southern part of Haakoninlahti will be ready in 2021. The construction of the streets of Kruunuvuori and the western end of Koirasaarentie will be started.
  • The implementation planning of the Crown Bridges’ tramline is ongoing.
  • The street planning of the Koirasaari area and Kaivoshuvilankuja is ongoing. The planning of the streets of Stansvik rock and the eastern end of Gunillantie will be started.
  • The 1st phase contract concerning the Stansvik manor area will be started in autumn 2021 if the administrative appeal leads to a favourable decision.
  • The planning of Stansvikinranta beach, the nearby recreation areas and Huttuvadinpuisto park will be continued.
  • The playground will be planned as a carbon-binding city park and a pilot site of the CO-CARBON programme. The goals of the further planning of the park will be specified during 2021.
  • The management and use plans for the Kruunuvuori and Kaivoskallio nature reserve areas and Tahvonlahdenharju nature reserve programme area will be completed in 2021.
  • The creation of a management and use plan for the parks of Stansvik manor was started in spring 2021.
  • The zoning of the northern part of the Kruunuvuori town plan area, i.e. Kultakruununkaari, was started in spring 2021.
  • A temporary store will be established in Haakoninlahti in fall 2021.
  • Planning of temporary electric ferry traffic was started 2021.

Construction logistics minimise disruptions

The construction of Kruunuvuorenranta is a massive effort, and construction is being planned and controlled using different methods. Construction logistics help to keep disturbances to a minimum during construction. A logistics operator at Kruunuvuorenranta monitors that traffic and parking, plot and street construction and the related worksite support functions are running smoothly.

Safety is also being emphasised. Public areas, unbuilt areas and the cleanliness of the site environments are regularly monitored by means of site tours.

Residents can notify the logistics operator of any possible disturbances and problems during construction.

Logistics operator for Kruunuvuorenranta

Sitowise Oy

logistiikka.kruunuvuorenranta(@)sitowise.com
Tel: +358 40 487 4303

Minna Oinaala
minna.oinaala@sitowise.com
Tel. +358 40 634 1637

Land use planning

There are several valid local detailed plans in the Kruunuvuorenranta area.

See the current local detailed plans and the existing traffic plans for the area on Helsinki Map Service.

Residential plots

The City of Helsinki will mainly sign over residential plots based on a public application process. Some plots will be signed over separately based on quality or price competitions. If builders have not been found for some plots during the application period or competition, they may be moved to the continuous application process where they are available to all interested parties.

Updated 5.7.2021