Kruunuvuorenranta is a magnificent seaside neighbourhood in the making. Overlooking the Helsinki city centre across the bay, Kruunuvuorenranta will offer housing for 13 000 residents by 2030. Eventually, the downtown will be only a 15-minute tram ride away, as there will a bridge and speed tramways connecting the city centre and Kruunuvuori – which will encompass Kruunuvuorenranta – via Korkeasaari and Kalasatama.
Kruunuvuorenranta will be the “District of Light,” with numerous works of art which utilise light to be showcased on public premises, all the plots and buildings.
Kruunuvuorenranta will be characterised by spectacular views to the sea, as much as six kilometres of shoreline, parks of old manor houses and Finnish nature at its best. Two local manor houses also two nationally significant cultural environments.
The signature element for the neighbourhood is an old oil silo – Oil Silo 468 – which has been turned into a light artwork, powered alternately by the sun and LED technology. At night, Oil Silo 468 is a spectacular sight, glowing across the bay in red and white, a true torch bearer for the City of Light to be.
Kruunuvuorenranta is a diverse land area of 143 hectares, situated a mere three kilometres away from the City Centre as the crow flies. Historically speaking, the new district has a unique profile: the area is marked by both the estate tradition of the 19th century and the activities that took place at the former oil docks established in the 1920s.
Kruunuvuorenranta will offer exquisite residential inner city-like solutions and also attractive recreational opportunities for all Helsinki inhabitants. A big part of the area will be left as parks, forests, nature reserves, undeveloped shoreline or some other recreational space. The compact, urban residential areas will be built with respect for the environment and the history of the area.
The new wave of construction of Kruunuvuorenranta started in 2014, and, for example, streets and municipal infrastructure have been built in the area. Construction of the residential blocks began in the Kruunuvuorenranta’s Gunillankallio and Borgströminmäki areas. In these areas, both apartment buildings and smaller dwellings are surrounded by nature, with rocks and pine tree forests being left undisturbed. A school and a daycare centre are already available in the area; a new daycare centre will be realised at the end of 2018. A new grocery store opens in summer 2019.
Completed by 2030, Kruunuvuorenranta will accommodate around 13,000 people, offering jobs for 800. All in all, there will be around 7,400 residential properties in the area. During the next two decades, the neighbourhood is looking to add 650,000 floor square metres and, on near-by Laajasalo island, additional 300,000 floor square metres.
The diverse nature and the shores of Kruunuvuorenranta offer great opportunities for leisure time activities. The 6 km long shoreline will have many different looks and uses: houses will be built in some parts, parks in others; yet, most of the shoreline will remain in its natural state.
With nature trails and paths following the coast never more than a few hundred metres away from any given part of Kruunuvuorenranta, the shore and the viewing points located on the high rocks can be reached with ease. The landscape varies from rocky forests to islets and meadows on the shore.
Kruunuvuorenranta’s main street is the 3 km long Koirasaarentie road. Another important street in the area, the beach promenade, will run parallel to the western shore, opposite to City Centre. The promenade will feature quality leisure-oriented service offerings, making it a sure-fire hit for natives and visitors alike.
Public transport to and from the area will initially come in the form of buses, but a tram connection from the City Centre is already in the pipeline.
The tram connection will be realised via a bridge connection from Kruunuvuorenranta over the Kruunuvuorenselkä sea area to the City Centre. In addition to trams, also cyclists and pedestrians will make use of the new Kruunusillat bridges. The traffic connection shall also accommodate service and emergency vehicles. The City has decided to carry out the Crown Bridge tramway project with construction to start in 2020.
At present, Kruunuvuorenranta can be easily reached by metro and current three bus lines. Bus stops are situated in the immediate vicinity of the residential areas. The maximum walking distance from the apartment buildings to these bus stops will be 300 metres, and from the smaller houses a maximum of 400 metres.
Private car users will be able to get to Kruunuvuorenranta via the Herttoniemi roundabout. The necessary arrangements for coping with the increased amount of traffic have already begun.
The residential areas in Kruunuvuorenranta will be compactly built, in inner-city fashion. Despite the urban look, smaller buildings – ranging from terraced houses to innovative row houses– will make up one third of the housing units constructed here.
Situated on the opposite side of the shore from Katajanokka, Haakoninlahti will be the centre of Kruunuvuorenranta. There will be varying types of buildings – and also city blocks – in this area which will mostly be made up of apartment buildings. The beach boulevard will have townhouses, low-rise buildings by the shore and taller buildings further inland.
Also, the apartment buildings will feature a fresh, new look. The plans include e.g. single entrance blocks, three-floored urban villas and star-shaped buildings as well as high-rise buildings with 6-7 floors. The rocky, wooded terrain and the shores present many possibilities for designers and architects.
The future residents of Kruunuvuorenranta will enjoy all essential public and commercial services near their homes. 5 daycare centres, 2 schools and grocery stores will be located within a walking distance. There will be a public playground, a sports hall and a large sports park. The outdoor recreational services will include a swimming beach, a marina and, of course, abundant nature trails.
Kruunuvuorenranta centre will be the local hub for commercial services (grocery shops, cafés, restaurants, daycare centre, etc, totalling 7,000 floor square metres) and housing of various blocks (13,000 floor square metres). Kruunuvuorenranta centre is in a planning phase, spearheaded by a consortium of Finnish construction and investment companies as well as design companies.
Kruunuvuorenranta will be a decidedly athletic neighbourhood. For instance, the sports park will serve residents of all ages; you can play football and other ball games from spring to autumn and ice hockey in winter. The sports park will also have a running track.