- Saunalahti, Espoo
Saunalahti (Swedish: Bastvik) is one of the newest
apartment buildingdistricts in Espoo, Finland, located by the Kummelivuori hill between Kivenlahtiand Kurttila, west of the Kauklahdenväylä road, on the coast of the Espoonlahtibay. The bay at Saunalahti is named Bastvikfjärden. The area also contains original detached houseresidence from old Saunalahti and agriculture. Saunalahti is separated from Kivenlahti by the " Länsiväylä" highway, continuing to Kirkkonummias "Jorvaksentie".
Bastvik manor, dating back to the 19th century, has long since fallen into disrepair. In 2005, the city has started renovating it, and it is planned to host the office of the renovation project architects (Arkkitehtitoimisto Okulus Oy), a café, and a home. The Bastvik projekt includes research of old construction and manufacturing techniques. At some point, Bastvik was planned as a remote facility of the apartment fair held in Kauklahtiin summer 2006. However, the plan was abandoned.
The Bastvik manor had a significant
sawmillin the 19th century, and because of this, "Sågholmen" (formerly an island, currently the Sahaniemi peninsula) has been a stopping place for large ships. In the late 1910s, the manor building suffered from lack of management, but in 1923 the farm was bought by Claes Nordstedt, the founder of the Kauklahti glass works, who renovated the building. When the Kauklahti glass works went into bankruptcy, Nordstedt sold the farm to banker Antti Hiltunen and his family in 1928. Hiltunen had the manor building renovated again, this time also architecturally. By the plans of architect Väinö Toivio, the building got a neo-classical, villa-style look. The current 2000s renovation project of the manor building aims to preserve this 1920s spirit.
rantaraittiroute is planned to extend all the way to Saunalahti. At this moment, the coast of Saunalahti is, except for a few small exceptions, not accessible to the public.
The houses in Saunalahti are built to preserve the original nature as much as possible. The houses are built at different heights, so that most have a view to the
Gulf of Finland. All houses fit in with each other despite not looking exactly alike.
Saunalahti will be the home of 5000 new inhabitants. The first of these moved in to the area in autumn 2003. The new district will mostly be finished in 2010.
* The regional bus line 150A goes to
Kamppiin Helsinki. The ending stop of line 150A is in Tiilinmäki and it goes through Saunalahti.
* The regional bus line 165 goes through Saunalahti along the Vanha Saunalahdentie road to Kamppi in Helsinki. The ending stop of line 165 is in Kauklahti.
Espoo internal traffic
* The line 65 goes from
Espoonkartanovia Kauklahti and Saunalahti to Espoonlahti. 65K also goes through the Kauklahti industrial area.
* The nearest exchange point to Espoo internal lines is in Kivenlahti.
* The exchange point to
traintraffic is in Kauklahti.
Lippulaiva shopping centreis only a short bicycle distance away.
* There are services in nearby Kivenlahti: Alepa, K-market, pharmacy, library, Valintatalo.
* The centre of Kauklahti is a short distance away by car.
Saunalahti does not currently have its own beach. The nearest beach is in Kivenlahti, a short walking or bicycle distance away.
* [http://maps.google.fi/maps?f=q&hl=fi&geocode=&q=Saunalahti,+Espoo&ie=UTF8&ll=60.16534,24.614525&spn=0.018532,0.058365&z=14&iwloc=addr&om=1 A map of Saunalahti at Google Maps]
* [http://www.espoo.fi/default.asp?path=1;28;11866;17468;17633;17859;17940;17938;17928 The names of places in Saunalahti describe its colourful history] , city of Espoo
* [http://www.hagerlund.net/fi/saunalahti Pictures of Saunalahti]
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