REDI sijanti erinomainen, liikenteen solmukohdassa.

Towards a broader communal view

The construction industry may play a significant role in building a more sustainable society.


The decisions made during construction have a broad and lasting impact on the environment and the lives of many people. Therefore, the focus should be on the entire life cycle of buildings when considering construction projects. With regards to environmental issues this includes, for example, the location and planning of projects, which in REDI’s case is visible in its excellent location at the intersection of the city’s key routes.


“REDI also highlights the significance of services, both in the residential buildings and the shopping centre. The aim is to create a favourable environment for a true sense of communality that could give rise to, for instance, concepts supporting the sharing and borrowing economy,” says SRV’s Sustainability Director Anne-Maria Flanagan.


The communal aspect has also been present in the planning of REDI’s first residential tower building, Majakka, where the future residents have been part of the process from the very beginning.


According to Flanagan, the significance of sustainability will increase along with tightening demands. Interest groups expect operators within the industry to be upfront and to implement concrete actions in order to answer to sustainability challenges. If successful, the construction industry could, in many aspects, play a significant role in building and enabling a more sustainable society.


”In many ways SRV is already a forerunner in the construction business. Our aim is to be a top company also with regards to sustainability, and we will continue to challenge ourselves in order to reach this goal. Our development work involves listening closely to our stakeholders. #REDIHACK is a great example of this type of engagement.”


#REDIHACKissa haetaan uusia avauksia REDIn kauppakeskuksen ja asuintornien palveluihin.

This is the type of residential area that Kalasatama will become

Ari Pauna, CEO of The Mortgage Society of Finland, believes that Kalasatama will become a residential area for members of the native middle-class population, and that it will maintain its value very well.

According to Statistics Finland, the country’s population will be increasingly centered upon ever-growing urban areas. Statistics Finland predicts that the peak will be reached in 2035, after which the population will begin to decrease even in the urban centres.

The Mortgage Society of Finland’s 2013 housing market analysis showed that there is a constantly growing need for apartments in the Helsinki metropolitan area. In the beginning of the year 2013, migration and population growth in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa was heavier than the previous year. The population of these cities grew by over 7,000 people during the period from January to June 2013.

From the housing market’s perspective, Kalasatama is filled with exciting opportunities. It is directly linked to the existing urban structure. The sea, the spirit of an old industrial area, the maritime scenery and the Suvilahti cultural hub give life to the area.

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Pekka Helin to design Finland’s first skyscrapers

Internationally known Finnish architect Pekka Helin is responsible for the design of REDI, a complex of eight high-rises being built in the Kalasatama district of Helsinki. The pressure is high even for an experienced architect, since there are no tall buildings in Finland to look up to.

On which floor would REDI’s architect live himself, if given the choice?

“If I had the chance, I would live on one of the top floors. I like broad views and the sea, having been a sailor for years,” says Pekka Helin.

Reaching as high as 132 metres, REDI is not your average apartment building. Its designer is required to master precision as well as possess an understanding of the functionality of high rises beyond those that currently exist in Finland. These structures will have to bear to the end, since high-rise facades or structural flaws are difficult to fix afterwards.

According to Helin, the starting points of the design were the great public transportation connections and services forming in the area, and an acute housing shortage.

REDI’s eight towers form a coherent whole, circling the greenery-clad deck that will cover the Itäväylä highway. The Kalasatama Bridge, designed by Helin and SRV, will enable substantial building along the entire block, which means that new housing can be built for approximately 2,000 people.

“We wanted to create a new identity for the eastern inner city, but also to design housing for as many residents as possible. High-rise building was key, because not only is it impressive visually, but also efficient in saving space in urban areas,” says Helin.

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