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Kruunusillat

Helsinki, Finland

Sunny shore view of Kruunusilat bridge with clouds in the distance behind the bridge

Kruunusillat

Helsinki, Finland

Client

The City of Helsinki

Programme

2013 - Ongoing

Structural Engineer

WSP Finland

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 1.1km-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.

Shore view looking to Kruunusilat bridge with birds flying over and boats sailing under
View from boat with Kruunusilat bridge in distance on a sunny day
Aerial view of Kruunusilat bridge

“The bridge bends beautifully and lightly across the water of Kruunuvuorenselkä”

– Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki and chairman of the competition jury
Night snow image of Kruunusilat Bridge