In Espoon keskus, development mainly focuses on the area surrounding the railway station, turning it into a versatile, modern urban centre. New residential premises will be built along excellent traffic and public transport connections, and comfortable, high-quality routes will be built for pedestrians and cyclists.

Idea sketch of Vaakunatori

Idea sketch of what Vaakunatori at the new residential quarter may look like in the future framtiden (Maisema-arkkitehtitoimisto Näkymä Oy)

New housing construction began on the northern side of the station in 2018, using a residential block plan that won an architecture competition. The block will also include business premises along the new Vaakunatori square.

New homes will for example be built in the Suviniitty area in the coming years. The construction of the Suviniitty neighbourhood will continue for approximately three years. Its new day care centre will probably be opened in 2020. The Suviniitty area is being developed in order to provide homes for about a thousand new residents by the next decade.

The renewal of the building stock will begin with the demolition of the old City Hall that has been empty since 2009. Next on the demolition list is Virastotalo 2 which will be replaced by a new Espoo House, a building where Espoo residents and city officials can encounter. The new building will house some of the city administration, versatile services, cultural and business premises, and spaces that serve decision-making and the city’s cooperation with its residents. The city will hold an architecture competition to determine the design of the Espoo House. Its construction is scheduled to begin in 2022, and the building is expected to be inaugurated in early 2025.

Idea sketch of the Espoo House

Idea sketch of what the Espoo House may look like in the future (Architects Anttila & Rusanen Ltd)

Idea sketch of Lakelanpuisto

Idea sketch of what Lakelanpuisto at the new residential quarter north of the railway may look like in the future framtiden (Maisema-arkkitehtitoimisto Näkymä Oy)