Campus of the future
Nearly the entire campus area will see changes in the coming years. The importance of the area will increase as the number of services and jobs rises. New homes for thousands of new residents are also in the works. Versatile learning environments, commercial services and apartments are planned for the campus area.
Otaniemi is also developed in favour of sustainable mobility, such as public transport, electric vehicles and non-motorised transport. The campus can be reached by metro, and once completed, the Jokeri Light Rail line.
What will the Aalto University campus look like in 2050? Read more about the long-term plans!
Connection between metro and Dipoli
During 2020, two landscape planning projects were started aiming to improve the pedestrian routes between the Aalto University metro station and Dipoli. The projects cover the amfi plaza in front of the Undergraduate Centre as well as the outdoor areas near Dipoli. In addition to the pedestrian routes, versatility, accessibility, lighting and sustainability of the area will also be developed further.
Once the projects are finalised, the outdoor areas will better support the preconditions of events, experimental student projects and environmental art. The landscaping work has begun autumn 2021.
During the development project of 2019–2024, the K block will be transformed into Aalto Works, the definition of multidisciplinarity. The Aalto Works project is currently in the planning stage and will include new building contruction and improvements to the green areas in addition to renovating existing buildings to fit new purposes. The vibrant Aalto Works block will bring facilities to makers and opportunities for innovation.
Total area of buildings: around 22,900 sqm
Completion: in stages in 2022–2024
Otakaari 5L – Aalto Studios
Renovated premises mainly for the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the School of Electrical Engineering.
Total area of building: around 4 500 sqm
The aim of the change in the town plan is to increase student housing in Otaniemi in the area of good accessibility. The development of the area takes into account the diversity of nature and, among other things, the possibility of flying squirrel habitats.
Chemist's block (Kemisti)
The aim is to develop the surroundings of the Otaniemi metro station as a hub for walking and cycling connections as well as public transport. Commercial and other services, various university, student and organizational activities, as well as non-subsidized and student housing will co-operate in the area of the Chemist's block. A Student Center is also planned in the block as a joint project of Aalto University Student Union (AYY), Aalto University Business Students (KY) and Teknologföreningen (TF).
The aim of the change in the town plan is to create the conditions for the additional construction of housing and local and regional services in the Kivimies area bounded by Otaniementie, Vuorimiehentie, Tekniikantie and Miestentie. The goal is to build about 150,000 square meters of new construction, of which about 40,000 square meters on a plot owned by the university. The central location of the area along good public transport connections makes it possible to create a denser urban environment. Thus, street spaces are designed to be urban and pedestrian environments to be of high quality.
Biology and Marine Technology blocks
The goal is to enable a total of approximately 95,000 floor sqm of new construction for housing, jobs and the use of Aalto University at the Biology and Marine Technology areas is. In addition, retail space and a daycare centre will be added to the area.
The zoning of the area will start after the design competition. The winning concept of the area was designed by L Architects, WSP Finland Oy and Nomaji Landscape Architects. In the near future, a significant part of the current activities in the Biology and Marine Technology areas will give way to new activities. The plan aims to create a new living urban environment in the area, where housing, jobs, services and the functions of the university campus will be mixed, complementing the current urban structure.