Finnoo becomes an urban and maritime residential area along the metro line

3.10.2022 9.31Updated: 28.10.2022 6.20

Construction in the surroundings of Espoo’s new metro stations will continue when the metro starts operating to Kivenlahti. That is in early 2023 according to the current estimate. The West Metro extension will bring five new metro stations to Espoo: Finnoo, Kaitaa, Soukka, Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti. In this series of stories, we present the surroundings of each station.

The first residents moved to the new Finnoo area in autumn 2021. The construction of the area will continue until the 2030s. Photo: City of Espoo

Finnoo is being built as a maritime residential area close to nature with good connections by public transport.  Housing construction in Finnoo has started strongly and will continue for a few decades. 

When traffic from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti begins on the new section of the West Metro, the surroundings of Finnoo’s new metro station will still be under construction. The Finnoo metro station has two entrances, one on Meritie and one on Finnoonsilta, which are currently their own buildings but will be connected to a future shopping centre. Access routes to both entrances are already ready for passengers.

In the future, a shopping centre and two squares will be built between the entrances. The squares will be separated by an amphitheatre, a stage space surrounded by stair seating. High-rise blocks of flats are being planned in the immediate vicinity of the metro station, offering stunning views of the sea and the surrounding area. The tallest residential tower will have 24 floors, which is as many as there are in Niittykumpu’s Niittyhuippu. Houses further from the station are lower.

The town plan of Finnoo centre, in the area of which the metro entrances are located, was overturned by the Supreme Administrative Court in May 2021. The overturning of the plan has delayed the construction of the Finnoo centre town plan area and Meritie. Construction cannot begin until the town plan is legally valid.

The City Planning Department has approved a new town plan proposal for discussion by the City Board. It is likely to be submitted to the council early next year. In the re-prepared plan, the protection of the valuable bird wetland in the vicinity of Finnoo centre is specified with more detailed plan regulations. In other respects, the content of the new town plan is the same as the solution approved by the City Council of Espoo in 2018.

The escalators of the Finnoo station are the longest in Finland. The escalator at the Meritie entrance is 78 metres long and has a lifting height of 34.5 metres. Photo: City of Espoo

Construction is now concentrated in the Djupsundsbäcken, Finnoonkallio and Matroonankatu areas

The first residents moved to Finnoo in autumn 2021. Currently, construction is concentrated in the Djupsundsbäcken, Finnoonkallio and Matroonankatu areas. There are currently about 15 residential buildings under construction, some of which will be completed during this autumn.

Construction in the area will continue for a long time. The new city district is expected to be largely completed by the end of the 2030s. The population of the region is expected to be around 17,000 at that time.

The area is being built in segments so that the whole area is not a construction site at the same time.

Streets are built as residential construction progresses. The Matroonankatu area is currently under construction. Street plans are being made for the Rusthollinrinne area.

There is also a large marina in Finnoo. The area of the marina will change with future town planning. It is desired to have marina-type housing construction on the shore.

Although Finnoo is being developed into an urban area, nature will continue to be its main asset. In the area, investments are made in park and recreational areas that have been secured in the plans. The nearby sea and the waterfront also invite you to spend time in nature.

Special attention has also been paid to the fauna of the area. There are flying squirrels living in Finnoo’s woods. Trees are being planted along the Djupsundsbäcken creek to form a new passageway for flying squirrels.

Nature can also be seen on the Finnoo metro platform, which is decorated by artist Leena Nio’s work Haavekuvia. The work, which consists of two layers of images, radiates maritime atmosphere: you can identify, for example, water birds, clams and fish. Read more about station art in Finnoo on the West Metro website.(external link)

Aiming to be a model area for sustainable development

The environment is also taken into account in the construction of the area. In Finnoo, the aim is to create sustainable solutions in terms of both energy use and building materials. All developers in the area are bound by the city’s energy efficiency criteria.

In addition, the first geothermal local heating network in Finland is planned in Finnoo, the implementation of which supports Espoo’s carbon neutrality objectives. Finnoo will be a model area of sustainable development, where new innovations in energy technology can be piloted.

Read the other articles in the series:

The metro brings a strip of the city to Kaitaa

Soukka’s look was updated on the eve of the start of metro traffic

Metro makes Espoonlahti a public transport hub

Metro to bring new residents, jobs, services and educational institutions to Kivenlahti – Kiviruukki to grow into a unique bio- and circular economy innovation cluster

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