Aalto University Student Union owns 2,600 apartments in the Helsinki metropolitan area, which are home to 3,200 members of the Student Union. The new construction projects would increase the total number of apartments by approximately 1,000 apartments.
The plans have progressed especially on Miestentie in a new residential area in Otaniemi, which is located along Ring Road 1 near Otaniemi and Keilaniemi. More than 200 apartments will be built in the immediate vicinity of the current Miestentie 2B buildings. In addition, about 700 apartments in four different buildings are planned for Otakaari.
In addition to student housing, AYY is involved in a joint venture of the Student Center, which progressed to the signing of agreements in mid-May. AYY, Foundation for Business Students in Aalto University, Swedish-speaking student nation Teknologföreningen (TF) and Aalto University have agreed to build a student center. You can read more about this project here.
Second phase of Miestentie project
A joint student housing complex of AYY and the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (Hoas), which is divided into two sections, is located on Miestentie. These 131 apartments of the first phase were completed in early 2019. In the autumn of 2020, the second-phase plans officially progressed in AYY’s Representative Council to the design phase.
The second-phase plans include a similar joint student housing complex with Hoas. What makes the project unique is that student housing is included in the same property as a fire station of Länsi-Uusimaa Rescue Department (LUP). The design phase has progressed fast and the project has introduced the RTS environmental classification. The ambitious target level of the classification guides the entire project into a sustainable and responsible direction.
Sustainable housing and environmental friendliness as important design criteria
The Miestentie project has introduced the RTS environmental classification, which guides the entire project on the basis of sustainable development criteria. The target level was set at a four-star rating and this target will most likely be achieved. This has required significant investments in environmental friendliness.
In practice, this means that the building is designed to be energy efficient and the project invests in environmentally friendly and low-emission materials. The plan is to execute a geothermal system for the project and the utilisation of solar electricity has been considered in the planning.
Students’ opinions according to their answers to the most recent housing surveys are considered in the Miestentie project and the development of AYY’s properties. The apartments in the future properties will mainly be small studios preferred by the students. As a specialty in the Miestentie property, apartments will also include storage space for personal property. This has made it possible to improve the cost-effectiveness of the building with less corridor space as there is no need to build a separate basement storage. During the spring, the plans have progressed to more specific kitchen plans and sketches of common facilities and sauna on the top floor.
Accessible common facilities for residents and a laundry room will be built on the street level. Common facilities and sauna with a great view will be located on the top floor. The next phase is to choose surface materials for kitchens and toilets, for example, and the opinions of students will be asked.