Apartment buildings dating back to the 1970s and 1980s are currently being demolished in central Tapiola and replaced by new ones. The majority of Tapiola Garden City will remain untouched, however.
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.
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.
New pedestrian routes will be opened in autumn 2019. A new square called Merituulentori will be completed around the same time, with parking space for more than 400 bicycles built under it. The bicycle parking area will be directly connected to the metro station.
The tunnel built for Ring Road I will be opened in the first half of 2019. A park will be built above the tunnel, between Tapiola and Keilaniemi. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic routes will be built in the park, creating an excellent connection between Itäranta in Tapiola and the metro station and the Waterfront Walkway in Keilalahti.
The new tunnel and the interchanges to be constructed will improve safety and ensure a smooth traffic flow. Less noise and pollution will reach the surrounding areas.
The development of the football stadium in the Tapiola sports park and the adjacent premises is also under way.
|“Culture Walkway” in Tapiola. Illustration: Sarc Architects Ltd.