SUVELA

Suvela is a housing area at the centre of Espoo, just a ten-minute-walk away from its railway station and a 20-minute-ride from Helsinki. Suvela is thus part of the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Suvela's location in the metropolitan region of Helsinki.

Suvela’s location in the metropolitan region of Helsinki.

The statistical area of Suvela (number 613) has about 12 500 inhabitants and is therefore the biggest one in Espoo.

Suvela's location in the metropolitan region of Helsinki.

Suvela’s location in the metropolitan region of Helsinki.

Some people call Suvela a suburb, because it has a lot high blocks of flats made of concrete elements that are very visible in the landscape. These buildings remind people of the 60’s and 70’s, when most of the suburbs in Finland were born.

Suvela and Kirstinharju seen from Joupinmäki. Photo By Tony Hagerlund.

Suvela and Kirstinharju seen from Joupinmäki. Photo by Tony Hagerlund.

Suvela has gone through many changes ever since. I will examine them here from the perspective of the built environment and the rise of multiculturalism.