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Otaniemi campus to develop into a lively neighbourhood

The university's campus is in Otaniemi, home of the lively community that supports innovations. The goal of the campus development is to mix valuable history and new ways of planning.
Dipoli / Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

The Otaniemi campus area was established in 1949, when the State purchased land for the future location of the Helsinki University of Technology and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The street plan for the area was designed by architect Alvar Aalto. The first part built in 1952 was Teekkarikylä (the student union’s housing area), which also served as accommodation for athletes during the Helsinki Olympics that same year.

Together with the City of Espoo, an environment that supports interaction is being built in Otaniemi for research, innovations, learning and the arts. The goal of campus development is a mixture of valuable history and new kind of planning.

Ilmakuva Aerial view Otaniemi Aalto University Campus 2018, Image: SLA
The aim of campus development is not only to construct additional buildings, but to add various alternatives for vitalising the Otaniemi area and to give a home to the innovative Aalto community. Image: SLA

Traditionally, university campuses have been divided into different buildings according to school. Aalto University's campus’ facilities have instead been divided according to the emphasis of research to better support multidisciplinary co-operation. 

Companies, startups and technology parks surrounding Otaniemi will be integrated more firmly to support the creation of new information and innovations on campus. The region tries new functional solutions and the creative common use of spaces for the needs of different user groups.

In Otaniemi of the future, work, living, and services in the residential area link up in a unique way. The number of jobs and residential buildings will increase, and transit connections improved with the introduction of the metro in 2017 and light rail tram 15 in 2023. 

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Photo: Aalto University / Anni Kääriä

What does the campus look like in the future?

What kind of improvement and construction projects will there be in Otaniemi in the coming years?  Aalto University Campus & Real Estate maintains, develops and leases Aalto University’s facilities in Otaniemi and Töölö and in Metsähovi, Kirkkonummi.

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Students at Väre building. Photo: Unto Rautio / Aalto University.
Photo: Aalto University / Unto Rautio

Central campus block, shopping centres and sustainable solutions

What has already been done? Aalto University's campus development strives to combine old and new to create novel enviroments for the Aalto community. In time, Otaniemi has become the home of an innovative community of game changers. 

Read more on completed development projects

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