In my master’s degree diploma work, the whole Matinkylä area is analyzed both from a landscaping and functional perspective, taking into account its relationship with the surrounding park connections. The work includes an idea master plan that shows the whole area in a 1:2000 scale and a planning report which explains my planning solutions more specifically. I chose to make a master plan of this area for many reasons. First of all, Matinkylä is a typical example of a dense, suburban housing area built in the 1970’s where the overall landscape is left partly unplanned. This type of areas will most likely be replanned by the future landscape architects and are therefore useful research targets for a diploma work. In addition, there is a clear need to replan the Matinkylä green areas in a more sustainable way because their use will increase significantly after a few years. This will happen due to the new metro line (Länsimetro) that will reach its terminal stop at Matinkylä in the near future. Along with this change, there is a city plan for the entire area of Matinkylä that will increase the amount of residential buildings. Besides many kind and helpful people, my personal interest in my former home city and the help of planners from the City Planning Department of Espoo supported me during my diploma work. Espoo city purchased the work in 2012.
Part 2: The center of Matinkylä and the fourth largest shopping center in the metropolitan area (Iso Omena). The reserved area for the new metro station consists partly of a green deck that connects to the nearby park Kalapuisto.
Part 6: The elements of this forest covered area are an artificial land form built from wastelands in the 90’s, an existing dog park, a playground and two sport fields.
View to part 6: The key element of the area, the existing artificial landform, is emphasized in the landscape with sitting terraces and colorful lighting during the dark times of the day.
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