Keilaniemi – high tech and business hub

Situated by the sea, Keilaniemi is a well-known hub of high tech, innovations and business life. Keilaniemi boasts a significant number of large listed companies and promising start-ups. It is home to the head offices of many large international companies, such as Kone, Neste, Valmet, Fortum and Tieto. Almost half of the trading done on the Helsinki Stock Exchange is for companies from the Keilaniemi area.

In the area, there are approximately 7,950 jobs and the number is expected to grow to 11,050 by 2050. Currently some 3,800 people reside in the Otaniemi‒Keilaniemi area and the population is expected to grow to 15,000 by 2050.

The new metro service has meant that Keilaniemi is now easier to reach. One of the West Metro stations is located in Keilaniemi, which has contributed to the area’s rapid development. The traffic connections will improve even further and Keilaniemi will become a central public transport hub once the final terminus of the Raide-Jokeri light rail line to Itäkeskus in Helsinki is built adjacent to the metro station. The Raide-Jokeri line is expected to be completed in 2024.

The new light rail line will interlink Keilaniemi, Otaniemi and Leppävaara - Espoo’s most significant high-technology employment areas. Jokeri Light Rail will also connect the West Metro line and the train tracks at Leppävaara, Espoo’s main railway station, into a combined system.

Keilaniemi and Otaniemi are growing towards each other. The area forms a unique innovation cluster and a world-class collaboration hub. The Aalto Universitys main campus is situated in Otaniemi as well as A Grid Centre where the Aalto Startup Center can be found, and 140 companies and communities, such as the business incubator of the European Space Agency ESA and the United Nations technology laboratory.

Illustration of Valokeila in Keilaniemi
Illustration: Raide-Jokeri.

You can read about Keilaniemi area in Finnish from our Finnish website.

Companies operating in the area:

  • Kone
  • Neste
  • Valmet
  • Rovio
  • Microsoft
  • Tieto
  • Fortum

Distance from Helsinki Central Railway Station

10 minutes by metro

Keilaniemi development

The West Metro line and the future Jokeri Light Rail have meant big changes for Keilaniemi. The area surrounding the final stop of the Jokeri light rail adjacent to the metro station has become an important and interesting development site. An underground car park is planned near this final stop, enabling a great deal more efficient land use. More residential buildings will be constructed in Keilaniemi and the area’s character is being diversified. With the new commercial and residential development, Keilaniemi is set to become a much livelier and more densely built neighbourhood. All in all, the area’s activities will be widened and enlarged in the future. The new developments on the cards in Keilaniemi and the tunnel at Ring Road I are set to link Keilaniemi with Otaniemi and Tapiola. A park area is being built over the tunnel. The Tapiola-Keilaniemi-Otaniemi area is significant to the whole of Finland, and it has excellent potential for attracting both investment and new businesses to Espoo.

New office building Next. View from Keilaniemenpuisto, above Ring I.
Illustration: SARC Architects.

Keilaniemi high-rise – office, hotel and residential buildings

The Keilaniemi business district will be expanded with new office, hotel and residential buildings. The plans in Keilaniemi include three residential towers, the highest of which will comprise 40 floors. One of the towers has 32 (16,000 floor m²) floors and two of them 36 floors (both 18,100 floor m²). They will provide housing for new residents in the Keilaniemi area. Construction work is set to begin in 2020.

A new 161-metre office and hotel tower is being planned as a new landmark for the Keilaniemi shore. The main tenant of the office premises in the building will be KONE Corporation. The lower floors of the tower would serve as congress, restaurant and cafeteria premises, offering a vista over the Waterfront Walkway.

In this hybrid tower, the Kämp Collection Hotels chain will open a GLO Hotel.;The new hotel will feature some 350 rooms, making it bigger than, for example, the Kämp luxury hotel, which has 179 rooms. The tower will be completed in 2023.

Behind the tower project is Regenero Oy. Regenero Oy owns also Fortum Corporation’s former set of properties next to the Keilaniemi metro station. It is remodelling Fortum’s former headquarters into modern office premises, with Accountor as the main tenant. The tower’s renovation will be completed in 2020.

Keilaniemenranta, view from Keilasatama to north east.
Illustration: SARC Architects.

Furthermore, Norwegian AB invest AS is planning an extensive hotel and congress centre project for the shoreline near the Keilaniemi metro station and the final stop of the future Jokeri Light Rail. The hotel is planned to have 660 rooms, and the entire project scope comprises 30,000 square meters.

Planning of a wooden office building to be continued

The construction of the wooden office building, Keilaniemen Portti, along Keilalahdentie, highlights solutions that support sustainable development. This is the flagship project of Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company. Varma’s goal is to proceed with the project immediately after the local detailed plan has come into force. The objective is to finish the area’s local detailed plan in spring 2020.

Wooden-structure office building Keilaniemen Portti.
Illustration: Architects Soini & Horto.

Keilaniemi waterfront

The Keilaniemi waterfront will also be developed to open it up for recreational use. A high-end restaurant and event venue is being planned for the Keilaniemi waterfront to enliven the local service offerings.

Contact:

Project Director Antti Mäkinen, antti.o.makinen@espoo.fi, +358 50 593 1339

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