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Sito a member of the winning team in the competition for the Keski-Pasila Centre Block in Helsinki

Helsinki and the government evaluation group are proposing that the entry ‘Tripla-keskus’ submitted by YIT be declared with winner of the design and implementation competition for the Keski-Pasila area. ‘Tripla-keskus’ will be located in the area of the former marshalling yard next to Pasila station, linking Itä-Pasila to the east of the railway line and Länsi-Pasila to the west.

The results of the design and implementation competition will be confirmed by decisions of the Helsinki City Council, the Board of Directors of Senate Properties and the Finnish Parliament before the end of the year.

The concept for the YIT entry was created by the Dutch architects’ office named Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.). The Finnish architects and principal designers of the competition entry are Inter-Arch Architecture Oy. Sito contributed in transport planning, traffic flow studies, civil engineering design, landscape design and lighting design. Sito employees responsible for the competition entry include Seppo Karppinen, Samuel Tuovinen, Erkki Nivalainen and Niina Meronen.

‘Tripla-keskus’ is a diverse three-block centre that will house offices, shops, a conference centre, apartments, a hotel, a multi-purpose arena and a public transport terminal. The design was based on environmentally friendly and energy-efficient parameters. Roof gardens are planned for some of the roofs. There will be 3,400 bicycle parking places and almost 400 charging points for electric cars to support ecological mobility.

The competition area will have some 183,000 sq.m in building rights, and the total value of the project will be about EUR 1 billion. Construction will begin once the town plan has been confirmed (estimate: 2015) and will last about ten years. At its peak, the project will have an employment impact of almost 900 man-years.

Illustration by YIT : The new Keski-Pasila centre may one day look like this.