Kivenlahti metro station

The construction of West Metro, the western extension of the Helsinki metro line between Ruoholahti, Helsinki and Kivenlahti, Espoo, was completed in May 2022. Traffic on the first leg of of the extension from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä commenced already in November 2017 and traffic on the second leg from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti began in December 2022. The metro runs in a tunnel all the way from Ruoholahti to the western terminus in Kivenlahti.

The Kivenlahti station and its surroundings resemble a pure white dream with no colors or materials. The daily stroll from the metro station to the shore passes the impressive residential towers and traverses the white utopia Kasbah. The Kivenlahti neighborhood also holds a future promise: once the metro traffic starts, it will act as the western gate to the growing Helsinki metropolitan area. Both of the station’s entrance pavilions will eventually be surrounded by, or even integrated to, future development as the area is set to be heavily built. The station’s role is to remain cool and calm, like a white memento of the past.


Photo: Satu Linkola

NAME: Kivenlahti metro station

TYPE: Commission, 2013

STATUS: Built, metro traffic started December 3, 2022

LOCATION: Espoo, Finland

CLIENT: Länsimetro

PROGRAM: An underground metro station with two entrance pavillions, 21,400 m² total

TEAM: ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki and Samuli Woolston with Petteri Littu, Erica Österlund, Simo Nuojua, Marlène Oberli-Räihä, Ivana Adamcová, Eva Geitel, Anssi Luodemäki, Olli Parviainen, Melina Alexina Rantanen, Elena Romero Fernandez, Jorge Rovira, Mikael Rupponen, Heini-Emilia Saari, Isabel Sanchez del Campo, Pekka Tainio and Onni Takkunen


COLLABORATORS: Skanska Infra (main contractor), 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), Kalle Mustonen (artwork)

PHOTOS: Marc Goodwin, Sami Saastamoinen