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Soukka metro station

The Helsinki metro is set to continue from Ruoholahti, Helsinki all the way to the western edge of Espoo. When the western extension is completed, the metro will serve approximately 170,000 passengers daily. The first construction phase, a 14-kilometer-long underground rail line from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä with eight new stations opened to traffic in November 2017. Of those stations, ALA has designed the ones in Keilaniemi and at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi.

The second construction phase of the extension, the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti stretch, will consist of five stations along a 7-kilometer-long metro route. ALA is designing the Soukka, Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti stations. The excavation of the metro tunnels began in late 2014 and the construction of the stations in 2016, metro traffic between Matinkylkä and Kivenlahti is slated to start in the early 2020s. The metro will run in a tunnel also for this entire section.

The Soukka neighborhood in Espoo is like a 60’s utopia – a symbiosis of nature and modern technocracy centered around skywalks and deck structures. The themes defining the design of the new metro station are modernism, punctuality and sharpness. The entrance pavilions are unfaltering – every nook and corner is razor-sharp and every surface paper-thin. Following modernist traditions, the surfaces will have colors, but lack material feel. The subdued tones are contemporary and unabashedly trendy. As the station ages it will become a relic of the 2020’s.

 

Yläkartanontie entrance
Soukantori ticket hall
Soukantori entrance
Scale model
Photo: Minna Alantie

NAME: Soukka metro station

TYPE: Commission, 2013

STATUS: Under construction

LOCATION: Espoo, Finland

CLIENT: Länsimetro

PROGRAM: An underground metro station with two entrance pavillions, 18,600 m² total

TEAM: ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with Petteri Littu, Eva Geitel, Toni Laurila, Jorge Rovira, Mikael Rupponen, Anders Jönsson, Erica Österlund, Miguel Silva, Marlène Oberli-Räihä, Mikko Kilpeläinen, Niklas Mahlberg, Chris Morris, Prisca Pannone and Tiina Juuti

COLLABORATORS: Sweco PM (project manager), CJN Arkkitehtitoimisto (coordinator), Finnmap Infra, Rockplan, WSP Finland, Sipti and Saanio & Riekkola (structural design), Pöyry Finland (track & rock engineering), Granlund and Ramboll Finland (HVAC), Tauno Nissinen, Niemistö and Granlund (electrical engineering)