Hyväntoivonpuisto Park is the most important thoroughfare in Jätkäsaari and the district’s green heart. The park has now gained the first of its eventual seven landmarks – the first impressive park gate has been completed at the end of Juutinraumankatu where the park begins. The park gate was set up in August but finalised over the past week with the completion of the stone paving and in-ground lights around the gate.
There will eventually be a total of seven gates in the north section of Hyväntoivonpuisto at each street-end entrance, with the exception of Jätkänsaarenkuja. Next year, corresponding gates will be erected on Suezinkatu and Kaphorninkatu.
The gate is made of corten steel, which oxidises in contact with air. This means that the surface will appear rusted, but the inner steel sections of the gate will remain unaffected. Corten steel is interesting as a material because it makes the hue of the gate change according to time of day and light exposure. Wind resistance and making the structure as difficult to climb as possible were other key considerations in the gate’s design. The holes in the gate form an exciting optical illusion: they appear larger the higher up they are.
Photo: The gate creates picturesque views from the park towards Juutinraumankatu street. (Antti Pulkkinen)
The gates were designed by Ramboll, with architect Yrjö Rossi leading the efforts. The production of the gates is handled by the City of Helsinki construction service enterprise Stara, which manufactures them at its workshop in the Arabia district of Helsinki. The starting point for the gate design was to create a visually impressive element that matches the high quality of the green area and surface construction solutions that characterise the park. In addition to the gates, the shapes of the Rokkiporkkana bridge are equally impressive. The gate also creates beautiful and very picturesque views from the streets towards the park.
Once complete, Hyväntoivonpuisto will be 88 metres wide and slightly more than a kilometre long. In other words, it will be as wide as Esplanadi Park but as large as Kaivopuisto Park overall. As a construction project, Hyväntoivonpuisto is challenging for many reasons, one of which is that there are car parks under it.
The park has been constructed to stand the test of time, according to the principles of sustainable development and the opinions and wishes of local residents. Easy maintenance has been an important starting point for designing the park area. This also impacts the comfortability and longevity of the park.
Photo: Theproduction of the gates is handled by the City of Helsinki construction serviceenterprise Stara. (Juha Kivimäki)
News main image: Antti Pulkkinen.