Pikku Huopalahti

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Pikku Huopalahti
Position of Pikku Huopalahti within Helsinki
Subdivisions of Helsinki
Subdivision number 1505,1602,2916
District Western
Area 2.12 km²
Population data
 - Population 9,000
 - Pop. density 3,090 /km²
Postal codes 00300, 00270
Subdivision regions
Neighbouring subdivisions Pasila, Munkkiniemi, Ruskeasuo, Meilahti, Munkkivuori, Etelä-Haaga, Niemenmäki,

Pikku Huopalahti (Swedish: Lillhoplax) is a neighbourhood of Helsinki between Mannerheimintie (the main entrance road to Helsinki) in the east and Huopalahdentie to its west. One can say roughly speaking that the neighborhood is bordered by the streets of Vihdintie and Läpinmäentie to the north, Mannerheimintie to the east, Huopalahdentie to the west, Kuusitie and Mäntytie on the southeast, and Paciuksenkatu to the immediate south. The neighborhood, which literally means 'Tiny Felt Bay', is named after a small bay that lies at the heart of the neighborhood, surrounded by a large park. This bay extends out to the Gulf of Finland. Most of the housing in Pikku Huopalahti is residential apartment building, primarily built in the 1980s and 1990s. Pikku Huopalahti is home to over 9000 people.

The terrace house is a landmark of the region and a good example of the architecture of Pikku Huopalahti

As a neighborhood of Helsinki, Pikku Huopalahti finds itself as a Sui generis. Helsinki's subdivision system uniquely divides Pikku Huopalahti as belonging to 3 separate city districts. The southern part belongs to the Meilahti district and is numbered 1505. The eastern part belongs to the Ruskeasuo district and is numbered 1602 and the rest of Pikku Huopalahti belongs to the Haaga district and is numbered 2916.

The headquarters of McDonald's Finland is located in Pikku Huopalahti on Paciuksenkatu, in a large cylindrical building noted for its austere yet futuristic style.

The final stop on Helsinki's 10 tram is also located in Pikku Huopalahti. The 4 tram travels on Paciuksenkatu to the south of Pikku Huopalahti on its way to Munkkiniemi but never actually enters the neighborhood.

The University of Helsinki has its Department of Dentistry, Institute for Oral Health, Department of Public Health and Department of Forensic Medicine campus in the Pikku Huopalahti section of Ruskeasuo on Mannerheimintie.

The neighborhood is also known as having a 'Legoland' effect because the buildings, mostly constructed in the past 20 years, all prominently display basic geometric patterns such as circles, squares, and triangles on the residential housing. Also, the use of light pastel colors, mostly white, light blue, and turquoise, make Pikku Huopalahti a very distinct neighborhood compared to the other neighborhoods to the north and west that have more traditional housing stock from the 1940s and 1950s. The architecture and urban layout is said to reflect criticisms of modernism present in the "Oulu school" of architecture often associated with Reima and Raili Pietilä.

City districts partly forming and/or surrounding Pikku-Huopalahti are Meilahti, Munkkiniemi, Munkkivuori, Niemenmäki, Etelä-Haaga and Ruskeasuo.


External links[edit]

Media related to Pikku-Huopalahti at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 60°11′N 024°54′E / 60.183°N 24.900°E / 60.183; 24.900