Arabia Factory Area masterplan

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.
The smaller squares and courtyards mix new and old. An old warehouse becomes a public sauna.
Flexible spaces of the old factory connect to urban areas and cater various uses from traditional retail to services and production.

Arabia Factory Area masterplan



    Hämeentie 135 block in Helsinki, formerly the home of Arabia ceramics factory, is one of the largest urban infill masterplans 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. In the masterplan based on a competition win, 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.


    The masterplan designed together with Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit.


    Invited competition 2016, finalist, 1st prize


    Arabia, Helsinki, Finland


    Development of the Arabia factory area, 170 000 m2


    Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

    The wooden Helsinki Biennial Pavilion by Verstas Architects

    A temporary ferry terminal for the Helsinki Biennial.

    Helsinki Biennial Pavilion
    A visualization of the Espoo Culture Centre (Espoon kulttuurikeskus) extension and the Culture Square (Kulttuuriaukio)designed by Verstas Architects

    Submerged performance halls in an iconic garden city.

    Espoo Cultural Centre
    Square in the Arabia factory block masterplan by Verstas Architects

    Renewal of the historic factory area of Arabia.

    Arabia Factory Area masterplan
    Street view of the Laajasalo hybrid block by Verstas Architects

    The city of Helsinki plans an unusual hybrid […]

    Laajasalo hybrid block competition

    New interpretation of the original Tapiola Garden City

    Tapiola Satakielenrinne masterplan
    Campus Prague plan proposal by Verstas Architects

    A proposal for a headquarter blocks in Prague.

    Campus Prague competition

    Extension to Alvar Aalto’s Otaniemi campus.

    Aalto central campus

    Housing quarters in Jyväskylä.

    Jyväskylä Hämeenkatu area

    General plan for fortress islands in Helsinki

    Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari islands

    Coastal path and recreational area in Helsinki.

    Kruunuvuori coastal path

    Pedestrian bridge connecting Kalasatama and Mustikkamaa in Helsinki.

    Isoisänsilta footbridge competition

    Residential area in Lohja.

    Hiidensalmi area competition