Are you still missing some things to do or see during your festival week? The City of Helsinki has planned self-guided walking tours for festival participants to explore Mellunmäki and Jätkäsaari sites. Gather a group of people for a self-guided walk or just go for a stroll by yourself and enjoy the beautiful sites.
Maps of the self-guided walking tours can be downloaded below.
Mellunmäki Self-Guided Walking Tour
The self-guided walking tour showcases the suburban regeneration area of Mellunmäki and its social and affordable housing projects. The tour includes a lot of walking, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
The first location is the social rental housing block Pyhätunturintie 2, which is owned by Heka, a City owned housing company. The location was awarded the “Best ARA square meters of 2022” award. Higher than minimum level quality and the affordable life cycle cost of housing, as well as the diversity of the housing mix, accessibility, and the fact that the property is among the few architectural icons, were mentioned as grounds for winning the award.
The second location is a right-of-occupancy project that consists of four terraced houses (Viitankruununtie 34). Right-of-occupancy housing is a housing form between rental housing and owner-occupied housing. This block is owned by one of the City’s housing companies, HASO.
The third location is Toivo Group’s social rental housing block (Sinkilätie 2). The site has block of flats and terraced house.
Starting point address: Mellunmäki metro station
Jätkäsaari Self-Guided Walking Tour
The self-guided walking tour showcases the construction of the modern Jätkäsaari district and its new housing projects.
The tour starting point is at the Generations Block (Länsisatamankatu 34, Settlement Apartments), consisting of the rental houses of Settlement Apartments and the Foundation of student housing in the Helsinki region Hoas, as well as owner-occupied housing. There are altogether 262 apartments, 20 of which are for disabled people. The block brings together residents of different age and cultural backgrounds in an active lifestyle and community-oriented living, with various common areas, including, e.g. the residents’ living room, a stage for movies and performances, a laundry room with sewing space, a woodwork room and a soundproof music room.
The second location is a social rental housing block Hampurinkuja 1, which is owned by Heka, a City owned housing company. The six-storey residential building has a total of 90 apartments, 70 of which are rental apartments in Heka. The building also incorporates a housing group of 20 apartments for the disabled.
Right-of-occupancy housing is a housing form between rental housing and owner-occupied housing. The third location of the tour showcases a right-of-occupancy housing block HASO Sandis (Jätkäsaarenkuja 13). This block is owned by one of the City’s housing companies, HASO.
The fourth location is At Välimerenkatu 9, which includes rental housing for young adults (NAL Apartments).
The self-guided tour ends at Jallukka (Y-Foundation, Malagankatu 3). Jallukka, the rock music building, is an apartment building with 74 apartments. The building features 49 state-subsidised rental apartments owned by the Y-Foundation and 25 apartments owned by ELMU Foundation. ELMU’s apartments are rental apartments for music professionals.
Starting point address: Generations Block, Länsisatamankatu 34, 00220 Helsinki