Helsinki City Planning Committee likely to approve principles for tower buildings this week
At its meeting on Tuesday, the Helsinki City Planning Committee is thought likely to give its blessing to the principles according to which it will be permissible in the future to build high-rise buildings in the city.
However, the Committee will not be making any far-reaching decisions on the matter, as it will be just recorded in the minutes.
Osmo Soininvaara (Green League), the Deputy Chairman of the City Planning Committee, estimates that the matter will still have to be handled in the City Board’s "night school" next year.
Lasse Männistö (National Coalition Party), the Chairman of the Committee, regards the principles as important, as they will be useful when evaluating the suitable location of tall buildings.
”Today, high-rise buildings are scattered randomly”, Männistö notes.
The principles will state for instance
that the construction of buildings of more than 16 storeys must not have a negative impact on Helsinki’s coastal cultural landscape and the maritime heritage.
Moreover, all tall buildings will have to blend in with the city’s new entity of high-rise structures.
Plans have been put forward for a number of developments in the capital in which buildings of 30 storeys and upwards have been shown off, including a 33-storey hotel on a seafront site.
Previously in HS International Edition:
HS-gallup: Helsinki residents starting to warm to the idea of skyscrapers (15.3.2011)
Gigantic 33-storey hotel planned to go up in Helsinki´s Jätkäsaari (25.11.2011)
Helsinki plans to build skyscrapers in Pasila district (19.11.2009)
CITY LIGHTS: Are they going to build real skyscrapers, or just a silly stub? (29.11.2011)