Askonalue, area located by the railway in Lahti city center, is one of the most important areas under development in Lahti. L Architects has been making the city plans with the landowner Renor Oy. The size of the area is about 31 hectares.
Asko area's history dates back to 1918, when the industrial furniture manufacturing in the area started. A number of furniture factories were completed in the 1920s and in the 1950s Nordic region's largest furniture and household appliance factory was located in the area.
In the future, Askonalue will be an active part of Lahti city center linking both the north and south sides of the railway. Around the old industrial area grows a diverse new city district. When finished, the area will have around 250 000 - 300 000sqm of housing, offices and commercial spaces.
The first urban plan is currently in the proposal stage. Size of the first stage is about 90 000sqm.