Itäkeskus Green Loop
Itäkeskus will form a key urban centre in Helsinki’s polycentric plan, acting as a catalyst for the wider development of Helsinki East. In developing proposals for the development of Itäkeskus, we aim to create a new identity for the area which ensures that the close relationship between built form and green space, which is intrinsic to Helsinki, is retained while simultaneously increasing density to achieve its transformation from a place of transit to a vibrant urban centre.
In response to Helsinki’s polycentric identity we propose a similarly polycentric approach to the development of Itäkeskus. A green loop of public spaces connects a series of distinct neighborhoods defined by function, typological form and urban character. This development structure is sustainable, responsive, flexible and supports incremental development over time as well as future expansion and adaptation. This strategy meets the challenges facing Itäkeskus by creating a new identity which can attract new residents, businesses and visitors to ensure its success in the long-term.