ALA has been selected as the architect to develop the Helsinki West Harbor. Development plans include a new ferry passenger terminal, two new ship berths and support infrastructure and updated layout of the harbor. ALA is working alongside traffic planners SITO and other consultants to deliver a world class harbor environment which will become an integral part of the new Jätkäsaari area of Helsinki, and a welcoming gateway for visitors and commuters.
The area around the Helsinki Olympic Stadium right north from the city center is a complete entity functionally, culturally and historically. It is known for its various sports locations, a forested park especially popular amongst joggers, and the city Winter Garden. In master plan scale the area is part of the Helsinki Central Park green shaft.
The area is significant for its cultural history, architecture and cultural landscape. The area has been lacking overall improvement for decades. The main design area, Mäntymäki south from stadium, has degenerated from a space full of people and optimism into a gigantic dead parking lot.
A new "Pisararata" railroad tunnel is planned under the Helsinki center. One of the main stops of the railway would be located on the southern edge of the area - bringing in a lot of people and causing pressure to build.
The main goal of our plan was to introduce specific projects large and visible enough to contribute to activating the existing spaces, but that could be implemented without changing the scale or the shape of the existing public spaces.
The first leg of the West Metro between Ruoholahti and Matinkylä is currently under construction. The west metro will now be extended further west with five stations across a seven-kilometer-long underground route: Finnoo, Kaitaa, Soukka, Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti. Construction of the stations is estimated to start in spring 2015, and the commencement of metro traffic at the end of year 2018.
Along the Länsimetro line ALA will design the stations of Keilaniemi, Otaniemi, Soukka, Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti, as well as the reservation for the Saunalahti station. ALA will also design one underground depot.