looking west at kalasatama's first high rise apartment buildings from the big skateboard park. june 2014
ongoing group installation in suvilahti area next to kalasatama from the frozen species art project. february 2015
Kalasatama was a large heavy industrial area in Helsinki. An area for deposit of industrial material with a small industrial harbor. Since the last 5 years this wasteland is turning into a “cool” post-industrial area for creative factories and gentrified apartments. We are interested to the narratives, disciplines and libidinal conjunctions lost and acquired in this turbo- process. One world, slow and wasted, but also redundant of narratives and human relations linked to an industrialist conception of the production is being superposed by the fast advance of real estate speculation. The area will be turned from production to reproduction of the economic process. Only a few industrial buildings have resisted the gentrifying assault of new, color-accented, hip, monotonous luxury apartment buildings; and these remaining ones are rapidly being converted to post-industrial post-production creative labs for the cultural industry, to factory of precariat and general intellect. In hybrid marginal spaces of non-sense and non-regulation some youngsters have built a large skateboard park from raw building materials. They have also been permitted, under camera surveillance, to cover the plywooded fences of the area with spray-art. This keeps them on the margins, out of the rest of the intensely surveilled city. Other artists use the paved industrial wasteland of the former gas production plant for performance or rock concerts. The old abandoned gasometers are slowly turned into a cool architectural installation. All these inconsistent chaotic movements produced by the pressure of real estate speculation, erase, open, join and close new relation and new stories, fragments of existential territories, dispersed heterotopies, but at the same time they pre-figure the normalization of the life, the erasure of memories and singularities to implement the rigid urban grid of an homologated space for the reproduction of capitalism.
helsinki, finland, kalasatama district and surrounding areas, sompasaari, suvilahti, verkkosaari, and kyläsaari
<p>mostlly the city of helsinki government</p>
intensive extensive residential apartment housing and commercial/ office towers
text below from - en.uuttahelsinkia.fi/kalasatama/overview
Kalasatama will be built in the middle of an existing compact urban structure. Construction has already commenced and it is one of the biggest development projects in Helsinki. Kalasatama is already home to some thousands of residents.
Kalasatama is a former harbour and industrial area of approximately 175 hectares of waterfront on the eastern side of the city centre owned by the City of Helsinki. The harbour was moved to make room for the construction of residential and office buildings.
The completion of construction is estimated to occur in the 2030s. A total of 5,000-7,000 housing units (720,000m2) will be built, along with 535,000m2 of office premises.
The first services are in place including a daycare centre. Kalasatama Centre located in the heart of the area will house most of the area’s public and commercial services. The centre will consist of a commercial complex and a number of high-rise buildings comprising a hotel tower, an office tower and six residential towers. The first sections of Kalasatama Centre are scheduled for completion in 2017 and the rest stepwise by 2021. The tallest of the 20- to 30-storey towers will rise to 126 metres. The Itäväylä access road from eastern Helsinki and the metro line will be covered with a green deck, which will accommodate the courtyards of the residential towers. Kalasatama Centre is constructed SRV.
History of Kalasatama
The area of Kalasatama has very important industri
al history because Helsinki’s first large power
station and gasworks were built th
ere in the 1910s. This initial step produced a series of production
buildings for engineering and sub
sequent power stations on the site of Kalasatama. Respectively,
Helsinki’s major energy plants, the Hanasaari A and
B power plants, were built
in the 1950s and 1970s.
Within Kalasatama, Hanasaari is
marked as an energy supply area where these two power plants, the coal
pile area, and the Suvilahti steam power stations are
found. In the area between the northern side of the
Hanasaari B power plant and the Suvilahti power stati
on, a new station for technical supply and a future
power plant are planned.(2)
The operation of the Hanasaari B power
plant continues until 2025-2030, when
a new power plant will be built. Coal and oil are
the major energy sources to provide electricity in
Helsinki; however, gas and garbage disposal as well as other ways of generating electricity will be
considered for the future power plant.
Helsinki Competition brief, pg 14.
sea bay to the east and south, power plant and traffic arterial to the west, small industry, great recycling center, and new 5 story housing development(arabia) to the north
lots of use by youth, independent culture.
massive housing construction in progress