An entirely new modern residential district with more than 900 low-energy apartments is being created in a more than 9-hectares area of a former brownfield. in Hloubětín, Prague.
It is the first project of similar size that YIT is realizing in the Czech Republic. The eight stages of Suomi Hloubětín will offer housing in a Finish style as well as comprehensive civic amenities that include commercial zones, all relevant infrastructure, areas for leisure activities plus a nursery school. The new district will therefore live its own life. “Construction on the long term unutilized brownfield areas is currently the leader of Prague’s residential market. With regards to the character of these changes, when practically it is about the development of regional community, it is, with such large projects, totally necessary to have broad civic background facilities and developing correspondent infrastructure,” says Vladimír Dvořák, company director and CEO at YIT Stavo, and adds: “We stem from our colleagues’ abundant experience with the development of extensive housing complexes in Merenkulkijanranta, Konepaja and Tripla in Finland. That is why the emerging residential complex should be, from the availability of services point of view, as self-sufficient as possible so that future residents have everything necessary within their reach.”
Nursery school by a renowned architect
Apart from restaurants, shops and cafes, Suomi Hloubětín will also offer a whole number of sports grounds and areas for leisure activities, a cycle way near the Rokytka Rivulet, relaxation areas for getting together with friends and children’s playgrounds. But it is the newly built nursery school that is to be of main benefit to those resident families with children. YIT is to build the nursery school on the basis of a design by renowned Finish architect Jyrki Tasa, who has abundant experience with the architecture of public buildings and designed the nursery school in Hloubětín as a structure with non-traditional features stimulating and encouraging children’s imagination and fantasies. The whole complex, which is situated just a short distance from the Kolbenova and Hloubětín underground stations, will therefore be expanded by yet another building of entirely Nordic style.
Street of Finish celebrities
The new district is also to be bestowed with distinctiveness via the names of streets and common areas. These will bear the names of significant Finish celebrities from the areas of culture and architecture. Future residents will therefore be able to enjoy a picnic in the park of renowned writer and illustrator of children’s books, Tove Jansson or walk along streets named after the globally recognised architect Eero Saarinen or writer and playwright Mika Waltari.
Little Finland in Prague
The Suomi Hloubětín residential complex will be realized in eight phases and carrying the names of significant Finish towns will, in future, offer new housing for almost 2,000 residents. YIT is currently finalizing work on the first stage entitled Espoo, which is already almost sold out and whose final building approval is planned for this September. Construction is also continuing with the other two phases of the project – Oulu and Turku. During the autumn, the developer will commence the fourth stage entitled Lahti, which is named after one of the main winter sport centres in Finland. As of June, potential clients interested in housing in this location are able to visit the show apartment in Espoo which is equipped and furnished in traditional Finish style.