The work was commissioned by the City of Helsinki Public Works Department. Sito was chosen as the designer.
Sompasaari is situated to the south and the Capella blocks to the north of the future Kalasatama center. Residential houses will form the main feature of the planned zones and the Capella blocks will house one of the City of Helsinki’s central social and health care stations. Construction is due to begin at the end of 2015.
Sito is the principal designer of the project, with Paavo Åvist as project manager. Jenni Lautso and Sisko Hovila area responsible for urban landscape design and Ulla-Kirsti Junttila is in charge of street environment planning. Ari Savolainen will be responsible for bridge and structural design and Aku Varsamäki for foundation engineering.
Sompasaari, Nihti and the Capella blocks
Sompasaari was formerly a popular day-trip and picnic destination for Helsinki residents, with a regular steamboat service. In 1825, the city authorities ordered that factories and workshops be located on the outskirts of town, due to the risk of fire. Thanks to the connection it formed between railway and port traffic in the 1860s, the seafront at Sörnäinen eventually developed into the central city area’s most extensive continuous industrial district. A new, modern port was established in Sompasaari in the 1860s and continued operating until 2008.
Nihti, situated on the southernmost tip of the Kalasatama planning zone, was linked to the mainland in the 1960s. Homes and local services for 2,800 residents will be designed in the area, and a public building may be added. The plans include a bridge connection to Kruununhaka.
The southern part of Verkkosaari includes the office blocks on Hermannin rantatie, the mainly residential Capella blocks and the residential and office blocks bordering the seaside by Vanhankaupungin selkä. Homes will be designed for approximately 2,000 residents, alongside services and 1,500 new workplaces.