Otaniemi – a unique innovation hub

The Aalto University metro station in Otaniemi serves as a gateway to an expanding Aalto University campus. The majority of the university’s core operations will be located here by 2021. Otaniemi’s traffic connections will improve even further once the Jokeri Light Rail Line starts running in 2024. There will be three Jokeri Light Rail Line stops in Otaniemi.

The Aalto University campus is a truly unique collaborative environment. It has rapidly grown into a world-class collaboration hub. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture moved to Otaniemi in autumn 2018, and the School of Business relocated in early 2019.

The heart of Aalto University's business cooperation is at the A Grid Centre where the Aalto Startup Center can be found, as well as 140 companies and communities, such as the business incubator of the European Space Agency ESA and the United Nations technology laboratory.

Otaniemi and Keilaniemi area forms a unique innovation cluster.  A variety of cultural experiences within walking distance in Tapiola enrich this scientific and economic concentration.

Currently some 3,800 people reside in the Otaniemi‒Keilaniemi area and the population is expected to grow to 15,000 by 2050.

A Grids information board in Otaniemi.
A Grid's information board in Otaniemi. Photo: City of Espoo

Impressive development projects

Aalto University’s new building Väre opened to the public in September 2018. Väre gathers all departments of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture under one roof. With a little more than 110 million euros spent on construction makes it the single largest building project in the area since the University of Technology’s move to Otaniemi. In addition to the premises of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the investment includes also the building of the university's shared facilities and a shopping centre A Bloc at the Aalto University metro station.

Väre in Otaniemi
Väre building in Otaniemi. Photo: Janne Ketola

Otaniemi campus has been renewed in many ways during the recent years. The refurbished Dipoli building has been given a new lease of life and now serves as Aalto University’s main building. The Alvar Aalto-designed university library from 1970 has also been renovated to create a state-of-the-art learning centre, while Helsinki University of Technology’s former main building in Otakaari 1 has been updated to create the so-called Undergraduate Centre.

You can read more about Otaniemi from our Finnish website.

Aalto University Learning Centre. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

Geothermal pilot project in Otaniemi

Close to the Aalto University station in Otaniemi is a unique geothermal energy project that has been attracting significant international attention. According to the plans for the area, energy company St1 will be drill to a depth of seven kilometres. The deepest drill ever undertaken in Finland, this pilot project will create Finland’s first ever geothermal energy plant capable of generating 40 megawatts of emission-free heating.

Distance from Helsinki Central Railway Station

11 minutes by metro

Otaniemi 2030 mennessä
Illustration: A-Konsultit

Otaniemi development

In Otaniemi, the focus will be on the Aalto University premises. Otaniemi has also become more closely connected with nearby Tapiola and the metro line has connected the area more closely to Helsinki.

The development of Otaniemi goes hand in hand with that of Keilaniemi, as these two areas will eventually merge into an unbroken urban area. There are plans to build a dense urban neighbourhood for 3,000 residents in Kivimies, on the edge of the two areas.

Kivimies’ construction will begin in the early years of the 2020s, and it will be mostly completed by the early 2030.

Illustration of Ainonaukio in Otaniemi
Illustration of Ainonaukio in Otaniemi. Illustration: Raide-Jokeri


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

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