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.

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. 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 also 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.

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 will develop strongly in the near future. 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 high-quality public transportation terminal, efficient parking and maintenance services and 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

Tapiola metro station and bus terminal

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 built 30 metres below Merituulentie road. The main entrance is on the north side of the road. The metro station is connected to all Tapiola’s services. The new bus terminal at the metro station will be finished by spring 2019.

Redevelopment of AINOA Shopping Centre


AINOA is more than just a shopping centre. It features unique housing, quality parking, excellent public transport connections and diverse shopping services in the heart of Tapiola. Shopping centre AINOA’s first phase opened in October 2013 and the second phase in March 2017. With the second phase, AINOA’s total area grew from the current 10,000 m² to 30,000 m².

The third phase of construction will be built by the end of 2019. After that, AINOA will offer more than 100 speciality shops and services.

The AINOA extension project is paying special attention to integrating the shopping centre into the existing city structure. AINOA opens outwards in every direction, forming a harmonious whole with Tapiola city centre.

The central car park with 2,100 parking spaces serves not only the customers of the shopping centre, but also people travelling to and from the metro station.

LähiTapiola is in charge of the construction of AINOA.

Heikintori and Kulttuuriaukio


Heikintori is a shopping centre that was built in Tapiola in 1968. The plan is to modernise Heikintori starting in 2019. After that, the entire area around Kulttuuriaukio square will be modernised. According to the plans, Heikintori will remain a shopping centre that will also contain grocery stores. Housing will be built on top of the old section. New premises for Espoo Theatre are planned to be built at the Espoo Cultural Centre when the latter is completely renovated. Kaupinkallio multi-storey car park will be demolished.

Tunnelling of Ring road I

A new innovative traffic solution has been developed between Tapiola and Otaniemi where Ring Road I will be go underground and a new city boulevard will be built on top. A beautiful city environment is planned alonge the boulevard. Read more

WeeGee area

The general appearance of the area around the WeeGee Exhibition Centre will receive a substantial upgrade. The plans also include a residential development.

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 is being made at the Jousenpuisto residential development, where the new properties are already at full height. 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 2020.

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

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