Gigantic 33-storey hotel planned to go up in Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari
Amendment to original plan is to be brought before City Planning Committee in February
A 33-storey hotel is planned to be built in Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari. The hotel - provisonally named the Kämp Tower - will be about 120 metres high.
A request for an amendment to the zoning plan has already been submitted to the Helsinki City Planning Department, and it will be on display next week.
The present zoning permit would allow on the plot the construction of a hotel with only 8 to 16 storeys.
The gross floor area of the building would be 30,000 square metres, housing 380 rooms, restaurants, convertible congress and concert premises for up to 1,000 persons, a fitness and wellbeing centre, a sky bar, and a lookout terrace.
The aim is also to build a wedding chapel on the second uppermost floor.
The City Planning Committee is to take an indirect stand on the project for the first time on Tuesday, when it receives a report on the City’s high-rise building projects.
Behind the major project is Norwegian investor Arthur Buchardt, whose previous attempt to build a cruciform waterfront hotel in the district of Katajanokka was rejected by the City Council last year.
”I have faith in Helsinki”, Buchardt explains his new venture, said to be worth EUR 120 million.
After the controversial hotel project in Katajanokka had been rejected, Tuomas Rajajärvi, head of Helsinki’s City Planning Department, asked Buchardt whether he would be interested in building a hotel in Jätkäsaari instead.
Buchard was interested in the project, provided that the hotel could be higher.
”We have very good relations, and they understand me”, Buchardt comments on the cooperation with the City Planning Department.
According to a recommendation made by Rajajärvi, Buchardt chose architects Aki Davidsson and Jaana Tarkela to design the hotel.
Buchardt’s Victoria Tower Hotel in the Kista Science City in Stockholm, which was opened in September 2011, has served as an inspiring example for designing the new almost equally-tall hotel in Helsinki.
The aim is to open the Kämp Tower Hotel on New Year’s Eve in 2014.
The City Planning Committee is to handle the alteration of plan in February 2012.
According to arhitect Aki Davidsson, Helsinki’s officials have given the green light to the project.
The hotel is by no means the only tall development that is on the drawing board for Helsinki, a city that has hitherto been largely devoid of high-rise blocks. An article carried in Helsingin Sanomat's online service shows what the skyline might look like from different perspectives if the skyscrapers come to be built.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Jätkäsaari hotel site being handled by Helsinki City Board today (21.3.2011)
HS-gallup: Helsinki residents starting to warm to the idea of skyscrapers (15.3.2011)
Helsinki City Council rejects Katajanokka hotel project at heated meeting (8.4.2010)
Helsinki plans to build skyscrapers in Pasila district (19.11.2009)
100-metre skyscraper hotel planned in Helsinki´s Pasila (14.11.2008)
HS.FI: Click on the photograph for a collection of nine artist´s impressions of what Helsinki might look like with the new developments in Jätkäsaari, Kalasatama, and Central Pasila.