A historic factory area of Arabia is being renewed through an architecture competition

Development of the Hämeentie 135 factory area between Arabiankatu and Muotoilijankatu is one of Helsinki's largest renovation projects done in an area that is already ready to be built on. Varma invited nine well-known Finnish architect companies for the renovation of the block. The proposals of the first stage of the tender for developing the factory area were made public on 5/13/2016. An open exhibition to the public at large opened on 5/14/2016.


"Through a two-stage architecture competition, we're looking for fresh perspectives so that we get the best possible ideas for the development of the factory area of Arabia. Apartments, offices, retail premises and services could come to the area. In addition, premises might suit the area where artists, entrepreneurs, associations and the residents of the area can work and meet," says Tuomas Vaarasalo, Construction Manager at Varma .

The residents of the area are invited to take part

In the development of the area, the ideas and suggestions of the residents of the Arabia area are also taken on board. The residents can comment on the works submitted for tender and vote for their favorites on the competition site

The development proposals for the area will be shown to the public at large on the 3rd floor of the Arabia Center, at Hämeentie 135. The exhibition is open from the 14th of May to the 20th, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and Mondays through to Fridays from 12 to 8 pm. In June, the jury of the architecture competition will select the competition works from among the development proposals that go on to the second stage of the competition.

See images of the competition works of the architecture competition

Further information on the renewal of the Arabia factory area and the architecture competition:

Tuomas Vaarasalo, Construction Manager, Varma, tel. +358 10 244 6698 

Ilkka Tomperi, Investment Director, Varma, and Chairman of the Architecture competition, tel. +358 10 244 3176,

Leena Rantasalo, Communications Manager, Varma, tel. +358 50 300 7980

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