Finnish ice hockey tycoon and businessman Harry “Hjallis” Harkimo is planning to build a skyscraper in Pasila, Helsinki. If the plan goes ahead, the new building will be the tallest building in Finland standing 120 metres high. The cost estimate for the building is around EUR 150 million. According to Harkimo, the new building is planned to be finalised 2015.
Suggested name for the new building is “Leijonatorni” referring to the lion symbol in the Finnish flag and the Finnish national ice hockey team is called “Leijonat”. The building would be located close to the Hartwall-arena which hosts ice hockey games, concert and events. The skyscraper will host flats, a restaurant, sports facilities and TV-studios.
The project has already involved Paul Dunne, Director of Arup, which is a world famous architect & design company.
- All the Finnish trains pass Pasila where the building will be located. It takes about 5 minutes to the city centre and 15 minutes to the airport. It is a brilliant location, says Dunne.
The original building was designed by the Finnish architect Janne Teräsvirta, and the final drawings have been finalised by him in co-operation with architects Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki and Samuli Woolston.