Tapiola – hub of culture, arts and sports

The garden city of Tapiola is a diverse hub of the arts, culture, exercise and services. The busy area that opens directly from the Tapiola metro station is the largest continuous pedestrian centre in Finland. The area unites the convenience of city life with nature. Currently Tapiola has some 9,700 inhabitants and is expected to grow to 15,000 by 2050.

Buildings and the environment will merge housing, leisure, work and services constituting a whole, where everything is close by. Courtyards and gardens continue into the forest environment, rocky forests in their natural state and open grassland parks. Walking and biking trails lead through gardens and yards to the sea shore.

Tapiola is located in the heart of the metropolitan area close to motorways. It is bordered in the east by Ring Road I and in the north by the Turku motorway. A new innovative traffic solution has been developed between Tapiola and Otaniemi where Ring Road I has gone underground and a new city boulevard has been built on top. A beautiful city environment is planned along the boulevard.

The West metro line has strengthened Espoo’s ties to Helsinki. Some 20,000 passengers pass through Tapiola metro station daily. The metro station is connected to all Tapiola’s services. The new bus terminal at the metro station was opened in March 2019.

Centre of culture and commerce

The massive extension of the shopping centre AINOA was inaugurated in October  2019. Now that the extension is ready, the bus terminal and the metro are directly connected to the shopping centre. AINOA's floor area has increased to 50,000 m2 and the number of shops has doubled to more than 100.

Tapiola is known for its cultural offerings. Espoo Cultural Centre is the main scene for performing arts and cultural life in Espoo. The Espoo city orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Espoo Theatre, April Jazz Festival, Espoo Ciné Festival, etc. are on stage on a regular basis.

Weegee Exhibition Centre is an active centre of museums, art, exhibitions and events. It houses EMMA, Finland’s largest museum of modern art, Espoo City Museum, Finnish Toy Museum, Finnish Museum of Horology, Helinä Rautavaara Museum, a café and a shop.

The Sports Park of Tapiola is located in the area surrounding the Urheilupuisto metro station which provides travellers with direct access to a large sports hub as well events at the Espoo Metro Arena.

You can read about Tapiola in Finnish from our Finnish website.


Companies operating in the area:

  • LähiTapiola
  • Esport (the largest indoor sports centre in the Nordic countries)
  • CSC Finland Oy
  • JM Partners Oy

Distance from Helsinki Central Railway Station

14 minutes by metro

Tapiola development

Tapiola has recently developed strongly and the urban renewal continues. In Tapiola Centre, buildings built in the 1970s and 1980s are being demolished and replaced with new buildings, but most of the garden city of Tapiola will be left untouched. The goal is to preserve the historic values of the area to create a lively and comfortable city centre in the midst of greenness. Tapiola will have a cosy pedestrian areas and meeting places. More residential buildings for over 2,000 new inhabitants will be built in the centre on sustainable development principles. LähiTapiola is the most significant actor in the area’s development. The company has invested half a billion dollars in developing the area.

Most important development projects

Espoo Cultural Centre and Kulttuuriaukio Square

Espoo Cultural Centre and Kulttuuriaukio Square and their surroundings will be renewed. The planning of the area continues with Uusikuu, the winner of the Cultural Centre and Kulttuuriaukio Square architectural competition, as its guideline.

Espoo City Theatre will have new facilities that will be added to Espoo Cultural Centre during its renovation. The Kaupinkallio car park will be demolished.

New high-class hotel planned for central Tapiola

Tapiola’s Central Tower will include a new high-class hotel with more than 200 rooms which is currently at the planning stage. Some of the hotel’s premises will be located in a new building that will replace the current building known as “the Marimekko house” on the southern edge of Kulttuuriaukio Square. In addition to hotel operations, the building will house a versatile offering of services.

WeeGee area

The general appearance of the area around the WeeGee Exhibition Centre will receive a substantial upgrade. The area has already renewed by several new residential buildings.

The Sports Park (Urheilupuisto)

Sports Park metro station

Photo: Olli Urpela

A master plan has been approved for the Sports Park that will see it transformed into an attractive facility providing a range of sports and recreation opportunities for all residents.

A parking facility has been created at the metro station. Excellent progress has been made at the Jousenpuisto residential development, where the new properties finished in 2019. The buildings will also comprise commercial properties for grocery and other retailers.

In the future, this area is envisaged as a home for sports and recreation facilities as well as homes and other services that will make the Sports Park a leafy neighbourhood specialising in sports and well-being.

Alongside the master plan, plans have also been drawn up for a multi-purpose sports facility, complete with pitches and gymnastics facilities. A 6,000-capacity football stadium is also being planned, with construction expected to start in early 2020's. Sports facilities, apartments, and possibly a hotel will be built in connection with the stadium.

The Sports Park master plan will be implemented in phases. The aim is to create an attractive sports, recreation and leisure hub of international calibre.


Project Director Antti Mäkinen, antti.o.makinen@espoo.fi, +358 50 593 1339