The urban centre in Pasila, Helsinki, will offer a unique concept of a year-round indoor SurfBeach.Tripla, the urban centre opening in autumn 2019 in Pasila, Helsinki, will host a globally unique concept, which combines surfing, an indoor beach, and a pleasant 26-degree temperature around the year. Helsinki SurfBeach will be constructed into a vacant metro tunnel excavated under the Mall of Tripla. Now, more than two years before the opening, over 50 percent of the Mall of Tripla has been leased out. Helsinki SurfBeach is a globally unique project, which utilizes areas of the over 6,000 square meters metro tunnel excavated under the Mall of Tripla. Helsinki SurfBeach offers possibilities to surf and play beach volley on an indoor beach in 26-degree temperature all year round. In addition, an indoor adventure park for families, HopLop, will take over 3,000 square meters of the metro level with its new concept.
”Mall of Tripla is happy to welcome a new kind of concept that gives people an opportunity to play summer sports all year round even in Finland. Shopping centres need to rethink themselves to meet people’s social needs. Mall of Tripla will become an urban centre offering not only extensive shopping and restaurant services but also vibrant cultural activities, a Finnish music museum, a unique indoor activity centre, and easy connections,” says Pirjo Aalto, Commercial Development Director.
The founders of the indoor summer concept being built into the Mall of Tripla are Finnish Beach Volley Ltd and the Surf House Concept. Finnish Beach Volley Ltd currently runs one indoor beach in Helsinki, and another will open in Tallinn this autumn. The Surf House Concept was created by a group of the restaurant business and marketing professionals. It has built two wave machine centres in Thailand and is planning several similar projects, for example, in Australia and the Canary Islands. ”The beach in Pasila will have the world’s best conditions for playing beach volley. It will be the fourth generation indoor summer, including beach volley fields, a beach bar, saunas, and meeting rooms for various business and private events. Cooperation with Surf House has been in our plans for a while now, and finally, we can bring the water close to our beaches. This will hopefully be one of many new concepts together,” tells Ilkka Lassila, Chairman of the Board, Finnish Beach Volley Ltd.
”We’re very excited to open our one-of-a-kind concept into an equally unique location: an underground tunnel in a transport hub in Pasila,” continues Janne Miikkulainen, CEO, Sick-X Pte Ltd, the company running the Surf House Concept. Tripla, a three-block complex that will be completed in stages in Central Pasila between 2019 and 2020, consists of a shopping centre, a parking garage, public transportation hub, housing, a hotel, and offices. Mall of Tripla, as well as the connected parking garage and public transportation hub, will open in the autumn of 2019. A total of 40,000 square metres of Mall of Tripla’s premises have been leased out, and its economic occupancy rate has exceeded 50 percent.
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12 JULY 2017, Finland