Arabia Factory Area

Arabia factory area is one of the largest urban infill projects on a site that is already fully built in Helsinki.
A series of new public outdoor spaces cuts a route through the factory area.
The entrance to Hämeentie 135 area is marked by the new urban square in front of the old factory.
Flexible spaces of the old factory connect to urban areas and cater various uses from traditional retail to services and production.
The central piazza serves as a display window and an events venue for Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Pop & Jazz Conservatory.
The apartment towers overlooking the sea frame the entrace from Kaj Frankin aukio.

Arabia Factory Area

Description:

Hämeentie 135 block in Helsinki, formerly the home of Arabia ceramics factory, is one of the largest urban infill projects on a site that is already fully built.

The built history of the Arabia factory area comprises a series of transformations. Departure of the ceramics factory and Aalto University will mark another change for the Hämeentie 135 factory area. This latest phase extends the tradition where historical layers remain visible and the development serves the changed demands of the future. New apartments, offices, retail premises and services will be fitted in and around the old factory spaces complementing the services already situated in the area. A series of new public outdoor spaces cuts a route through the factory area.

Status

Invited competition 2016, finalist, 1st prize

Location

Arabia, Helsinki, Finland

Program

Development of the Arabia factory area, 170 000 m2

Client

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

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