Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects‘ triangular towers won the competition for the phased development of multifunctional towers in the District of Pasila. It is the new strategic district of the Finnish capital Helsinki.
Helsinki is at the heart of an ambitious transformation. Three new high-tech neighbourhoods are coming out of the ground right now. Among them, Pasila, already known for hosting national conventions, government agencies, corporate headquarters and powerful financial, telecom, health technology and media clusters. Future totems of this district, the high-tech triangular towers of the Finnish firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects have won the competition for the phased development of the district. And it’s a small revolution.
Named Trigoni because of its three-sided plan, the project has nine tower buildings that will be built on the South side of the Pasila bridge. The first development phase includes the construction of a 180-metre and a 150-metre tower, linked together by a base of shops and restaurants.
According to the architects, the triangle plan makes it possible to locate the towers close to each other without them blocking each other’s views and light inputs. Shared spaces distributed in height will offer the inhabitants stunning views of the city. The two towers, with 51 and 40 floors respectively, will be connected by a new public square, as well as private roof gardens. A pavilion located in the centre of this new square will be built of wood and steel and glazed with opalescent glass.
Inside, an intelligent system will be deployed in all buildings, allowing residents and workers to use a digital platform giving access to a multitude of services, such as light management, the booking of a sauna or orders to local shops.
These two towers will be located in the Start-Up area, which represents a building permit of a volume of about 67,000m2 on the ground, including shops, offices and houses. The value of the Start-Up area will be approximately €500 million. But as a whole, the entire area of the Trigoni project is between 150,000 and 200,000m2 on the ground, including residential, commercial and office spaces.