The area in question is certainly large enough to accommodate all kinds of residential, commercial and public development. With over two kilometres in length and almost two kilometres in width, the area is roughly the size of 420 football fields.
Before any major development effort takes place, Malmi Airfield serves the citizens of Helsinki as a generous event venue, capable of hosting thousands and thousands of patrons. In addition, the City is willing to rent out properties and areas for a variety of purposes while it is understood that development will take decades to complete.
Eventually, there will be 13,500 apartments here. Once construction really gets going, the target is to add 400-600 new apartments every year.
The City is committed to building the necessary schools, daycare centres and also a dynamic urban centre for the new community. In the starting phase, residents can turn to nearby Malmi centre for their daily services.
There are plans to launch as many as ten different neighbourhoods here, with different themes and focus areas. Nallenrinne and Lentoasemakorttelit are the first two neighbourhoods that will enter the City’s development pipeline.
The development will start from the southern part of the area, since the conserved real estate of the airfield – such as the terminal and the hangar dating back to the 1930’s – are located there. New uses will be invented for the existing buildings and, also, new premises will be constructed in their vicinity, as the required infrastructure is already present.
In addition, the southern end of the Airfield features soil that is well-suited for construction, so it makes sense to start there. Some pre-construction efforts, such as the relocation of an old pipeline for natural gas, need to be undertaken before the actual residential construction can commence.
There are some existing neighbouring communities, located very close to the Airfield. In Tullivuori (southwest of the Airfield) and in Falkulla’s Kiila area (northwest of the Airfield) the City is engaged in complementary construction that will, eventually, support also the community structure of the coming Malmi “Airtown”.
Looking at the future of Malmi Airfield community, certainly one key element will be nature. The local “hidden pearl” is the Longinoja stream, on the western perimetre of the area, which is home for trout.