Building extensions and additional floors
Extensions to existing buildings are beginning to rise above the urban and industrial areas of Helsinki’s currently rather horizontal skyline. As The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE reports, the number of extensions upward is still quite small – yet there is growing interest in the air.
The demand for housing in urban areas continues to grow globally. Today more than half of the world’s population is living in the cities, according to the UN’s The World’s Cities in 2016 report.
With limited availability of land and building plots, the most obvious way to increase housing is upwards, by building upon the existing fabric of the cities.
As part of its urban development Helsinki is clearly among those cities planning ahead – if not yet upwards, The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE reports.
The new city plan, approved in October 2016, will guide and define the development of the city and its land use far into the future. It enables the capital of Finland to grow to at least 860,000 residents by 2050 and aims to have one third of all the residential construction in the city be complementary building. These complementary new residences will either extend existing building stock or be built directly beside it.
Rakuunantie, Helsinki: An additional storey with six new flats. Read more about the case.