Thursday 24 September


Lights of Kruunuvuorenranta


A new residential district Kruunuvuorenranta, opposite the downtown area of Helsinki on a former Laajasalo oil terminal, is under construction. This new area will be one of the most prominent marine fronts and will be visible from the city centre, the sea and the islands surrounding the Kruunuvuorenselkä bay area. The Kruunuvuorenranta western quarters and facades towards the city centre will be built into a work of light art that will be visible from a distance. At the same time, a lighting scheme is planned to create a comfortable neighborhood and support the aesthetics of the public spaces and the dwelling quarters. Both permanent and temporary lighting arrangements are planned, with new innovative, ecological, and lighting control methods favoured. The construction, which started in 2013, is estimated to be completed around 2020, and will welcome around 11 000 dwellers.


Riitta Jalkanen, Architect, City of Helsinki

Riitta Jalkanen is an architect and has worked for the Helsinki City Planning Department from 1974 to 2013. During that time, between 2002 and 2013, she was the leader of the Kruunuvuorenranta project. She has also taught at The Technical University of Helsinki (Aalto University) between 1983 and 1987 and from 1991 to 1998. Over the course of her career, Riitta Jalkanen has given lectures concerning city planning at several universities and congresses. She has also written the book “Planning of Residential Areas” with a group of authors, had articles published in professional publications, and been a jury member for several architectural competitions.



Riitta Jalkanen