Finnoo will feature the best aspects of Espoo

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2019-05-23 16:20

Would you like to live near the services of a large city but close to the sea? Excellent traffic connections and location, state-of-the-art energy solutions and closeness to the sea make Finnoo a unique neighbourhood in Espoo.

Ride your bike to the metro station and take the metro to work whether you travel east or west. Later take an afternoon walk through the park to the waterfront promenade where you can enjoy an ice cream and marvel at the sun on the waves. At the weekend, a picnic at the bird wetland nearby or a trip to Espoo’s outdoor recreation islands from the Finnoo marina on a scheduled archipelago boat. All this will be possible in Finnoo, in western Espoo, in just few years.

“It is a rare opportunity to develop a new neighbourhood from scratch. Finnoo’s closeness to the sea, the metro and the excellent location are its undisputable strengths,” says Olli Isotalo, Director of Technical and Environment Services at the City of Espoo.

Finnoo will be built close to the sea – literally. Its centre, Finnoon keskus, will be only some 800 metres from the sea. You can sail out from the marina with your own boat or in one of the scheduled archipelago boats. Or maybe you would prefer stand up paddle boarding?

Eco-friendly living by the metro line

All city centres in Espoo are unique. For example, Tapiola Garden City is known for its architecture and cultural offering, while Otaniemi is famous for its academic and research community and the ever-stronger growth company culture.

Finnoo will become a forerunner in environmentally friendly housing.

“We will implement the newest climate-smart ideas and construction solutions that have already proven their functionality elsewhere. Finnoo will become a forerunner in sustainable development in Espoo,” Isotalo says.

Town planning and construction are guided by low-emission and sustainable solutions. The builders to be selected are for example required to commit to solutions that promote energy efficiency. An example of such solutions is the measurement of energy consumption in buildings.

Efficient public transport and high-quality pedestrian and bicycle traffic routes support emission-free mobility.

Metro 2023

The metro station will be opened in 2023, connecting Finnoo to the regional and national rail network.

Meaningful everyday life close to nature

In Finnoo, investments are made not only in smart housing, smooth public transport and jobs, but also in recreation areas. Despite being an urban area, Finnoo is characterised by nature. The Finnoo basin with its valuable birdlife and the core part of the Finnoviken wetlands have been established as nature reserves.

Numerous parks and the shoreline offer spaces for relaxing leisure time. You can sail out from the marina with your own boat or take a scheduled archipelago boat. The numerous outdoor recreation islands in Espoo are at your grasp. Perhaps you will go ashore on Pentala and explore the Pentala Archipelago Museum?

The waterfront will become a communal, cosy place for the residents, full of activities all year round.

Interwoven homes, jobs and services

Seen from the side, Finnoo lies on a hill that rises towards central Finnoo. A modern urban centre will be built above and around the metro station. Tall apartment buildings will have spectacular views over the sea, the bird wetlands and the rest of the surrounding environment. The centre will also include a shopping centre, jobs and public services.

Housing construction will begin at the end of this year when Skanska launches the construction of an eight-storey apartment block in Finnoonkallio next to the future metro station.

Residential blocks in Finnoonkallio
Residential blocks in Finnoonkallio. Illustration: Architects Ajak Oy

“Next, we will see action in the western part of the area when the allocation of plots in Djupsundsbäcken begins in the spring,” says Olli Isotalo.

In addition to the metro centre and Djupsundsbäcken, apartment buildings of various heights will also be built in Finnoonsatama and Finnoonkartano in the north. Spacious and green park paths link different areas with each other, and the diverse district continues all the way to the shoreline.

The homes to be built in Finnoo will accommodate a total of 17,000 people. In addition to housing, the district will include several day care centres and two comprehensive schools.

In the early stages of the construction, new residents can use the services in the Iso Omena shopping centre in Matinkylä and those in the districts of Espoonlahti and Suomenoja.