Espoonlahti metro station

ALA Architects is designing three of the five stations along the second leg of the western extension of the Helsinki metro line. The metro will run in a tunnel for this entire section from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti. It is slated for completion in the early 2020s. Excavation of the metro tunnels began in late 2014 and the construction of the stations in 2016.

The Espoonlahti suburb is a Finnish version of a stereotypical North American town, both car-centric and built around a shopping mall. The Espoonlahti metro station will become an integral part of the mall – the heart of the suburb, linked to the artery-like metro tracks. Just like America, Espoonlahti breaths to the rhythm of sports: the nearby hockey rink, the public pool and the sports fields have a strong impact on the chatracter of the area. This same atmosphere continues inside the metro station, too. The station will be lit with bright white light and have a fresh swimming pool feel. A strong illusion of a brisk 90-meter-long lap pool hovering above the platform is created with rippling chrome.

Espoonlahdentori ticket hall
Solmutori escalator

NAME: Espoonlahti metro station

TYPE: Commission, 2013

STATUS: Under construction

LOCATION: Espoo, Finland

CLIENT: Länsimetro

PROGRAM: An underground metro station linked to a bus terminal, 22,700 m² total

TEAM: ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki and Samuli Woolston with Petteri Littu, Felix Laitinen, Harri Ahokas, Nea Tuominen, Chris Morris, Ricardo Cruz Recalde, Mikko Kilpeläinen, Prisca Pannone, Julius Kekoni, Miguel Silva, Erica Österlund, Heini-Emilia Saari, Jorge Rovira, Marlène Oberli-Räihä, Mikael Rupponen, Niklas Mahlberg, Olli Parviainen, Pekka Tainio and Stefano Perin Riz


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