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 2030. The first residents moved to Borgströminmäki and Gunillankallio in autumn 2015. By the end of 2019, there were already 2,200 apartments and some 3,500 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”) already shines on 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 are planned.

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.

Koirasaarentie up to Haakoninlahti and the streets in the northern parts of Borgströminmäki, Gunillankallio, Hopealaakso and Haakoninlahti have already been built. The pre-construction and filling work at Koirasaaret and Stansvikinranta beach has been completed. Streets and public utilities for the southern part of Haakoninlahti will be built during 2020–2021. Street planning is also under way for the Kruunuvuori and Koirasaaret areas.

The Kruunuvuorenranta dog pen at Kaitalahdenkuru has been completed. In 2020, parkways will be built in Henrik Borgströmin puisto (from Föglönkuja to Henrik Borgströmin tie) and Saaristofregatinpuisto (between Pojamankatu, Disankatu and Kruunuparkki 5). Planning is under way for the Hopealaakso sports park, Stansvikinranta beach and the adjacent parks and recreation areas. 

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 1,300–1,500 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 is starting in 2020, and the target is to have the premises completed by autumn 2020.
  • At Borgströminmäki, construction started in 2014, and apartment buildings with homes for 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 in the mid-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. The floor height of the buildings will increase when moving up, providing a view of the sea for most of the apartments. 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 construction of the day-care centre will begin in 2020, and the goal is to have the sports park completed in 2023.
  • 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 service 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 centre 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 block.

What will happen at Kruunuvuorenranta in 2020?

  • Housing construction will continue in Haakonlahti’s large city blocks and at Gunillakallio.
  • The construction of Hopealaakso day-care centre will begin in March. The goal is to have the day-care centre completed by autumn 2021.
  • The temporary premises and additional premises for Tahvonlahti primary school and day-care centre are completed. The renovation and expansion of the school and day-care centre will begin.
  • Streets and public utilities for Haakoninlahti 2 will be built during 2020–2021.
  • Filling and pre-construction work for Koirasaaret and Stansvikinranta beach were completed in early 2020.
  • Parkways for Saaristofregatinpuisto and Henrik Borgströmin puisto will be constructed.
  • The Kruunuvuorenranta dog pen at Kaitalahdenkuru was completed in February.
  • Street planning is under way for the Kruunuvuori and Koirasaaret areas.
  • Kaivoshuvilankuja and Stansvikinranta beach, the related nearby recreation areas and Huttuvadinpuisto park are being planned.
  • Hopealaakso sports park is being planned and the related amendment to the local detailed plan is being prepared.
  • An invitational architectural competition for the design of the service block and its adjacent playpark will be arranged in 2020.
  • The detailed planning for the hybrid centre including both shops and housing is advancing in partnership with YIT.
  • The implementation planning of the Kruunusillat-railway line has been started.
  • A resident event for Kruunuvuorenranta will be held on 11 March 2020 at Stansvik restaurant.

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

Tel: +358 40 487 4303

Minna Oinaala
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 7.9.2020