The metro stations of Espoo

The expansion of the metro will result in the opening of six new metro stations in Espoo: Keilaniemi, Aalto University, Tapiola, Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä. The new metro stations are designed with a particular focus on ease of use, so that even occasional passengers can easily navigate the metro. All of the stations’ entrances provide unobstructed access. The metro is also safe to use for those with physical disabilities or visual impairments. The areas around the metro stations are being developed into attractive and individually distinctive business, service and residential areas.

Keilaniemi

Women waiting for the metro in the platform area of Keilaniemi metro station.
The appearance of Keilaniemi station is strongly linked to work, housing and the sea. Image by: Marko Vähä-Erkkilä

The architecture of Keilaniemi station highlights the area’s role as a divider between work and home and the sea and land, as well as its location near the boundary between two cities. Keilaniemi metro station is situated next to Fortum’s head office, on a narrow strip between Karhusaarentie and Keilaniementie, at the address Keilaniementie 3.

The metro station has two entrance buildings: the main south entrance, and the north entrance near the bend in Keilaniementie. The station serves approximately 20,000 passengers daily.

The platform area ceiling features an art installation of tube lights by artist duo Grönlund & Nisunen. The station’s appearance reflects the cool, streamlined and metallic glow of the surrounding cluster of office buildings.

The Ring Road I in Keilaniemi project is building the Otaniemi–Keilaniemi–Tapiola area into a consistent and pleasant city. 

Aalto University

People in Aalto University metro station’s ticket hall and escalators.
The pre-patinated corten ceiling provides the station with a strong atmosphere. Image by: Timo Kauppila

The atmosphere in the station and its entrances is created by the pre-patinated corten suspended ceiling that blends in with the red-brick campus surroundings. Aalto University metro station is located on the south-west side of the university’s Undergraduate Centre, in the middle of the architecturally notable Otaniemi campus area.

The main entrance is located on the west side of Otaniementie, opposite Aalto University’s Undergraduate Centre. Riding the escalator from the station towards the entrance opens up a nice view of the former main building of Helsinki University of Technology. The station’s address is Otaniementie 12. The west entrance is located at Tietotie 4.The main ticket hall is located at the eastern end of the station, one floor below street level. The station serves approx. 20,000 passengers daily. The corten steel suspended ceiling follows commuters on their journey through the station, from the ticket hall to the escalators and platform area.

Tapiola

The Emma statue and passengers in the platform area of Tapiola metro station.
Tapiola metro station is characterised by the colour white and the feel of open space. Image by: Timo Kauppila

Tapiola metro station is characterised by the colour white and the feel of open space. The white backlit glass walls enhance the station’s atmosphere as an open and high space that expands towards the ticket sales level. Tapiola station is the second terminal station of the first phase of the West Metro project and a key terminal for feeder traffic, as the station also includes a bus terminal and a bicycle parking area.

Tapiola station is situated underneath Merituulentie, and its official street address is Merituulentie 1. The platform hall is accessed via escalators and lifts through the temporary Sammonsilta access way. Sammonsilta is located at Länsituulenkuja 1–3. Tapiola metro station is an integral part of the shopping centre above it and the services of Tapiola. The station serves approx. 26,000 passengers daily.

The platform area ceiling has 108 light fixtures that act as acoustic dampers. The lamps have several functions, from dampening the acoustic environment of the metro line’s only two-storied station to providing lighting and housing technical services, such as sprinklers and loudspeakers. At the station platform, commuters are greeted by the sculpture ‘Emma leaves a trace’ by Kim Simonsson.

Urheilupuisto

The platform area of Urheilupuisto metro station.
The station exudes energy, motion, youth, strength, growth and colour. Image by: Timo Kauppila

The themes of the station are energy, motion, youth, strength, growth and colour. Unlike other West Metro stations, Urheilupuisto metro station is not constructed in bedrock. Urheilupuisto metro station is situated in Niittymaa, at the northern edge of Jousenpuisto Park, south of the sports grounds, at the address Jousenpuistonkatu 2.

The station has a west entrance on Koivu-Mankkaan tie and an east entrance that opens towards Jousenpuisto Park. The east entrance was opened on 29 February 2020. The ticket hall is located one floor below ground level. The platform hall is located approximately 27 metres below ground level. The station serves approx. 13,000 passengers daily.

The station building is designed to allow daylight to reach the escalators all the way to the platform level.

Niittykumpu

Mothers and children waiting for the metro in the platform area of Niittykumpu metro station.
The milieu of Niittykumpu station is inspired by a summer meadow. Image by: Timo Kauppila

Niittykumpu metro station is part of Shopping Centre Niitty. The station’s interior design presents a strong and unique identity reflective of a summer meadow. Niittykumpu metro station is located at the corner of Merituulentie and Haukilahdenkatu, at the address Niittykatu 2. The station serves approx. 11,000 passengers daily.

Inspired by the name Niittykumpu (‘Meadow Hill’ in English), both sides of the platform’s walls are covered by the work of artist Mari Rantanen, depicting the red and green shades of fireweed and grass found in meadows. The animal-motif mural of the station’s pedestrian underpass was created by visual artist Lotta Mattila.

There is a great deal of new construction being planned in the vicinity of Niittykumpu station.

Matinkylä

A woman and a dog in the platform area of Matinkylä metro station.
The design of the platform area ceiling was inspired by white clouds and frost. Image by: Timo Kauppila

Matinkylä station is the busiest of the new metro stations. Matinkylä metro station and the adjoining bus terminal are part of the Iso Omena shopping centre. The station’s east entrance is already in use, and the west entrance is scheduled to open in late 2020. Matinkylä is the terminal station of the first phase of the West Metro project and therefore an important centre for feeder traffic.

Matinkylä metro station is located in the Iso Omena shopping centre at Suomenlahdentie 1. The station serves approx. 31,000 passengers daily.

The design of the platform area ceiling was inspired by white clouds and frost. The ceiling surface is made up of alternating white aluminium plates.

Shopping Centre Iso Omena also houses one of the City of Espoo’s Service Centres.

Finnoo (upcoming)

An illustration of passengers in the platform area of Finnoo metro station.
Illustration of the upcoming Finnoo metro station. The station will feature a work of art by Leena Nio entitled ‘Haavekuvia’ (Dream Images’). Image by: PES-Architects Ltd and Leena Nio

In the next few years, Finnoo is set to become a neighbourhood of 17,000 residents stretching from the Länsiväylä motorway to the sea, with a centre of high-rises around the metro station. The Finnoonsilta entrance of the metro station will be combined with future commercial services. In contrast, the Meritie side will be a more standalone entrance. The metro station’s glass, metal and concrete surfaces are softened by tones inspired by nature on the nearby coast and wetlands. The glass facades have graphic patterns reminiscent of the flora found in bird-rich wetlands, while the interior colour palette is inspired by warm marine and coastal tones. The station was designed by PES-Architects Ltd.

Read more about the new seaside and metro neighbourhood of Finnoo.

Kaitaa (upcoming)

Illustration of cyclists and pedestrians in front of the entrance to Kaitaa metro station.
Illustration of the upcoming Kaitaa metro station. Image by: PES-Architects Ltd

In the future, the metro station’s main entrance on Kaitaantie will be surrounded by a block of apartment buildings as part of the Kaitaa metro centre. The platform will be directly accessible from the ticket hall at ground level by escalator and lift. The design and construction schedule of the Iivisniemenkallio entrance is still undecided. Kaitaa station’s architectural theme will follow the area’s character and urban planning theme of ‘lush, green courtyards.’ The station’s architectural design will combine cold metal, glass and concrete surfaces with warm, pine forest tones characteristic of the area. The buildings will have metal exteriors and interiors inspired by the shapes and tones of a pine forest. Both entrances to Kaitaa station will be standalone, pavilion-like buildings. The station was designed by PES-Architects Ltd.

Soukka (upcoming)

Illustration of people in the platform area of Soukka metro station.
Illustration of the upcoming Soukka metro station. Image by: ALA Architects

Soukka metro station will be constructed in the immediate vicinity of the Soukka shopping centre. The station’s appearance will be inspired by its surrounding modernist building stock that dates back to the 1960s. All corners of the station’s entrance pavilions will be razor-sharp. The station will embody modernism, precision and sharpness. The Soukantori entrance will be two-storied. Its four parallel lifts will ensure fast and direct access to platform level.  The second entrance will be built on Yläkartanontie and also provide access to the metro via escalator. The station was designed by ALA Architects.

Espoonlahti (upcoming)

Illustration of people in the platform area of Espoonlahti metro station.
Illustration of the upcoming Espoonlahti metro station. The station will feature Hans Rosenström’s light and sound installation ‘Varjot veden pinnalla’ (‘Shadows on the Water’). Image by: ALA Architects and Hans Rosenström

Espoonlahti station will be built southwest of Shopping Centre Lippulaiva, next to Espoonlahdenraitti, between Espoonlahdentori and Solmutori. Situated beside the shopping centre, the station’s appearance will draw inspiration from the nearby ice rink, swimming centre and sports park. The station’s atmosphere is inspired by the nearby swimming centre in its colour tones, lighting and materials. Chrome plating will be used to imitate rippling waves and light reflected by water. The platform hall will be illuminated with bright, white light. The reflections from the rippling chrome walls and ceiling will give visitors the impression of peering upwards from the bottom of a giant swimming pool. The glazed tile surfaces will be similar to those found in stations of the London and Paris metros. The station was designed by ALA Architects.

Read more about the Espoonlahti area and the services of Shopping Centre Lippulaiva.

Kivenlahti (upcoming)

Illustration of people in the platform area of Kivenlahti metro station.
Illustration of the metro station under construction in Kivenlahti. The station will feature Kalle Mustonen’s sculpture ‘Kulkijat’ (‘Wanderers’). Image by: ALA Architects and Kalle Mustonen

The entrance to Kivenlahti station will be located south of Kivenlahdentie in the area between Merivirta and Kivenlahdenkatu. The Kivilahti area is set to undergo extensive development in coming years, including the construction of the Kiviruukki bio- and circular economy innovation cluster. It is estimated that this development will bring 12,000 residents to and create 2,000 new jobs in the area. The buildings of the metro station’s western entrance will be located along Kivenlahdentie. The eastern entrance and the ticket hall will be located at the end of Merenkäynti pedestrian walkway, close to Kivenlahdentori. Cool and serene in style, with light tones, Kivenlahti metro station will eventually be surrounded by new construction projects in the growing neighbourhood. Kivenlahti will be the terminal station of the second phase of the West Metro project. The station was designed by ALA Architects.

Read more about the Kivenlahti area.