Helsinki City Council has approved the construction of the Crown Bridges or ‘Kruunusillat’ project, designed by Knight Architects and WSP Finland.
The centrepiece of the €259m scheme will be the 1.2km crossing of the main bay, named the Kruunuvuorensilta. It will carry pedestrians, cyclists and trams between the city centre, and the 143 hectare Kruunuvuorenranta development to the east, which will have more than 580,000 m2 of residential space and 6,000 housing units.
The central 135-metre pylon of the symmetrical cable-stayed design is a tall slender diamond, with multi-faceted surfaces designed to catch light and shadow. The design is meant to make reference to the crown ownership of the bay area.
Project architect Tom Osborne said: “It is fantastic news that the city has made the decision to build this scheme. It will extend Helsinki’s excellent public-transport system, significantly reduce journey times, and create a critical link to new developments. This will be a high-quality, lasting piece of infrastructure, which will be instantly recognisable and synonymous with Helsinki. We look forward to progressing the design with WSP Finland.”
The project will now enter the detailed design phase, with construction due to start on site in autumn 2018. The tramway is due to be opened to the public in 2025.