JKMM won ‘Pasilan Keskitornialue’ competition together with Varma

January 21, 2022

Competition proposal “Pasilan Keskitornialue” (“Pasila Central Tower Area”) designed by JKMM won a design and land transfer competition organised by Senate Properties and the City of Helsinki. The investor behind the proposal is Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company.

The new office building for Pasila Tower area will be one of the largest office building investments ever by Varma. The building will be located in Helsinki’s Pasila district, and the main tenant will be the Finnish leading telecommunications and ICT service company Elisa.

The office and commercial premises planned for Central Pasila’s new Tower Area will house some 43,000 square metres of lettable office space and commercial premises. This will mean more than 3,000 office workstations as well as restaurant and other commercial premises which will be used by the building’s tenants and others in the nearby area.

The aim is to sign a provisional agreement on the land’s ownership and on the implementation of the overall project in accordance with the competition proposal in February. The city plan is due to become final by 2024, after which the final real estate transaction will be concluded and construction in the area can begin. The property is expected to be completed in 2026.

Flexible future workspaces in an environmentally friendly building

In planning the office building, Varma’s environmental sustainability targets and circular economy guidelines for construction will be considered. The highest BREEAM environmental certification, i.e. the BREEAM Excellent rating, will be sought for the building. Varma’s goal is to achieve an entirely carbon-neutral real estate investment portfolio by 2035.