Finnish construction company YIT has won the Helsinki High-rise Competition – the international Pasila Tower Area architecture and implementation competition – for its proposal Trigoni.
Organised by Finnish government organisation Senate Properties and the City of Helsinki, the competition sought a design that will form the basis of the city plan for the Pasila Tower Area, and an implementer for the Start-Up Area, where construction is planned to begin in 2020-21.
The winner of the competition will sign a contract for the purchase of the project’s launch area.
The proposal Trigoni consists of nine towers to be built on the south side of Pasila Bridge. Two of the towers, of 51 and 40 storeys, respectively, will be located in the Start-Up Area.
The Start-Up Area has commercial premises, office spaces and homes covering approximately 67,000 floor m². The value of the Start-Up Area will be around €500m. The Tower Area consists of 150,000 to 200,000 floor m², including residential, commercial and office premises.
Pasila, located 3km north of the inner city where the central business district (CBD) of Helsinki is situated, is already well connected to public transportation.
The Finnish government and the City of Helsinki, as the original landowners, have begun investing in the Central Pasila Area and their total investment will be worth €250m by 2021.
Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori said: “Helsinki is in the middle of an ambitious transformation. Helsinki offers as an investment environment the perfect mix of economic, social and ecological sustainability.
“The openness and flexibility of business and administration – and society as a whole – is a key element in Helsinki.
“The strategically placed Pasila Tower Area will be a fine addition to Helsinki. YIT’s competition entry provides us with an excellent basis for versatile and dense urban development.”
The winning proposal, Trigoni, will be presented at the Helsinki Finland Stand at Expo Real on 9 October 2018.
Senate Properties CEO Jari Sarjo said: “The excellent result of the Helsinki High-rise Competition shows once again the strength of sincere co-operation between the City of Helsinki, the Finnish State and private companies.
“The aim of Central Pasila construction is to improve the competitiveness of Helsinki and the entire Helsinki metropolitan area. Its location, near to the Helsinki central business district, is not only a major public transport crossroads but also a direct connection with the Helsinki Airport creating optimal conditions.”