Espoo is a continually growing city. Space for growth is also being sought in Finnoo. During the 2020s and 2030s, this now sparsely populated industrial and warehousing district will become a major residential area dominated by apartment blocks. Finnoo is buing built around the metro.
“We need to find places to which we can steer Espoo’s population growth. The number of residents in the Finnoo-Kaitaa area is expected to grow by no less than 20–25,000 people,” says Finnoo Project Director Kimmo Leivo.
Construction of Finnoo’s new residential area was launched this autumn, and it is largely scheduled for completion during the 2030s The idea was to build an urban neighbourhood of apartment buildings alongside the metro.
“The apartments will have sea views, which is quite rare in Espoo. Finnoo’s coastline is mainly owned by the city, so we can design a shared seaside living room for everyone,” says Leivo.
|An urban seaside living room is rising up around the Finnoo metro station. Very little virgin nature will be destroyed. Illustration: Cederqvist & Jäntti Arkkitehdit Oy.
New residential area designed with the landscape in mind
“This won’t be a traditional grid – the zoning is very spacious. Very little untouched nature will have to be destroyed, as we have located housing in areas that have previously been used for other purposes,” says Leivo.
He cites two examples: the industrial area around the water treatment plant and the city owned coastal region that has mainly been used for warehousing.
The history of each area is also being taken into consideration: the old spirit of the industrial area will be visible in its new buildings and in the “monuments” that will be left in each area.
|Finnoo will be built by the seashore and close to nature. Photo: Marko Oikarinen.
The metro station will lie at the heart of the entire area
Grocery stores and other services have been designed around it. Healthcare and other municipal services can be found at Iso Omena, which is only a one-and-a-half-minute metro ride away.
An average of 1,000 new residents per year are expected during the 2020s. Daycare services are expected to open relatively quickly, and the first school during the 2020s.
Finnoo will also act as a role model for sustainable development. Energy efficiency has been considered in both transport and construction.
“The metro and its easy accessibility will play a key role in this. Safe light traffic routes will encourage people to walk and cycle. Criteria for energy efficiency have also been placed on the area’s developers,” says Leivo, listing the indicators for sustainable development.
|The upcoming Finnoo metro station.
This article has been published in Espoo Magazine 4/2019
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