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.
The statistical area of Suvela (number 613) has about 12 500 inhabitants and is therefore the biggest one in Espoo.
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 has gone through many changes ever since. I will examine them here from the perspective of the built environment and the rise of multiculturalism.