The old square is paved with cobblestones. To increase accessibility the plan suggests adding smoother clean-cut paving stones.
The new stones form routes and spaces to linger in, furthermore to form patterns according the proposed visual principles.
The lighting elements on the square are large in size and give a soft, glare-free, indirect illumination. The tall lighting elements emphasize the great square space and release the square’s surface from massive lighting masts.
A smaller scale, intimate and cozy lighting layer is added in front of the market hall, the park and the water front.
The new plan creates a better relationship between the site and the locals, pedestrians and cyclists, and focuses on developing Hakaniemi square into a lively and visible place around the clock.
A variation of spatial atmospheres and experiences is spread over square, street and park spaces.