"Tapiola - New, 50 Years Old Garden City" Top 5 Page for this destination Espoo by diocletianvs

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Tapiola is one of the best known “New Towns” that were built in the 20th Century throughout the world as the response to the needs of urbanisation and pressures to the existing towns. Although Tapiola administratively belongs to town of Espoo it is in fact the satellite town of Helsinki.

But Tapiola is more than the satellite town – soon after the building of the Garden City began in 1953 it developed its own identity that soon became famous not only in Finland but throughout the world.

Tapiola is the real mecca for the lovers of modern urban planning and modern architecture, a beautiful example of the century-old idea of living close to nature. It is no wonder that this modernist idea was realized in Finland, where building was always according to this principle.


Tapiola's 50th birthday

In September 2003 Tapiola was celebrating its first half century. It is still a New Town, especially for someone like me, since the town where I was born was recently celebrating its 1700 years. It was nice to compare the two.

Oh yes, this was an architectural trip, so my tips are mainly concentrated on architecture of Tapiola :-)

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  • Last visit to Espoo: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Nov 22, 2003
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  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    I loved the gardens, parks and the pool. That story about looking for a public phone rocks:) Greetings from Ankara, Pinar

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Modern city full of green, interesting mix.You also have a lovely motto.Thanks

  • gema's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2007 at 1:45 AM

    major constructions at Kamppi are over; when taking busses there, it seems very modern and a little bit like outer space...

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    What a great page! Thank you for sharing.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Very funny indeed that I just found out that I have been to Tapiola too! I was around the shopping center, pond and took a wander to the Hip Flask buildings hoping to have a view from the hill, which I hadn't.

  • aaaarrgh's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 1:22 PM

    Sounds like a 'must see' iff i ever go to Helsinki. And i have a Nokia, so hopefully i will look like a native :-)

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 8:39 AM

    This reminds me of a place in the UK called Milton Keynes! Happy travels, Blu

  • Marpessa's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2004 at 4:28 AM

    LOL! Like your 'local custom' tip 'Halo?' - looks like a beautiful city. Great Page! :) Cassie

  • CALSF's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2004 at 7:46 PM

    Interesting city! Coincidentally I have a Nokia cell phone so now I can see their headquarters if I visit!

  • Aug 25, 2004 at 3:05 AM

    my kind of page :)))) i just wonder why i've never been to tapiola...... next time!

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