The City of Helsinki
2013 - Ongoing
Helsinki's international landmark you can see from the sky
The distinctive diamond form of the 135m-tall pylon of Knight Architects’ competition-winning design for the new Kruunuvuorensilta crossing in Helsinki will be the tallest bridge structure in Finland and an instantly recognisable symbol of this historic capital city.
The bridge is the centrepiece of the ambitious Kruunusillat (Crown Bridges) project to connect the city centre with the island suburb of Laajasalo. The project will create a brand new waterside community connected directly to the heart of Helsinki with sustainable year-round public transport.
The 1.2km-long bridge employs a tall, slender diamond as its central feature – an architectural reference to the historic crown ownership of the bay area. On deck, the cable-stayed form provides a nautical reference to sailing boats and the twin planes of cables create a comfortable and reassuring sense of enclosure.
Having won the international design competition in 2013, Knight Architects and WSP Finland have developed the Scheme Design for the City of Helsinki, including extensive wind and environmental modelling to inform the detailed design of parapets, wind barriers and bridge furniture. The bridge construction contracts will be tendered in 2020.
“The bridge bends beautifully and lightly across the water of Kruunuvuorenselkä”