We are an open crowdsourcing project, with the goal to preserve Hylkysaari island in Helsinki, Finland as a recreational area and make it an easy to access center for wellbeing. We made a preliminary offer of several million euros to the state, but so far the state is continuing negotiations with those who have offered more money. The buyer is likely to be chosen by early 2021. We wish Hylkysaari a good future. Perhaps our concept will live on somewhere else…

Still in the 60's, maritime pilots who guided ships safely to the harbor lived with their families in the magnificent landmark of Hylkysaari, the maritime pilot barrack. The history of the island is also represented by the stunning 19th century Villa Ida, gorgeous gas factory and numerous boat sheds. This island, situated next to Korkeasaari Island, has been deserted for 13 years despite having a magnificent location in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Hylkysaari is valuable cultural heritage. It has potential to be a new landmark in the maritime Helsinki; an attractive destination for both Helsinki residents and tourists. Hylkysaari can be a ‘pilot’ for contemporary challenges; a communal, meaningful center that is close to nature. An open oasis in the middle of the city, yet in its own peacefulness.

Join us in lighting the lighthouse lanterns again!

Maritime pilot barrack

This is a former maritime pilot barrack that used to accommodate maritime pilots who directed ships to port. The house offers magnificent views to the Helsinki city center and out to sea. Would this be the place of your next home?

Gas factory

This former gas factory is a gorgeous building. We imagine it to host yoga classes, dancing, perhaps a covered area together with the adjoining conservation hall, inviting you to take part in various events and pop into the peace of the island for a moment, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Join us


Come along to enable the Hylkysaari Collective! We are now surveying potential funders and donors interested in donating to the project. Join us

Association membership

By joining the association, you can influence the decision making of the association! By filling in the membership form, you can join the association as a:

  • Basic member (membership fee 0 euros)
  • Full member (membership fee 20 euros in 2020)


Would you like to fund the project with a larger amount? An opportunity to invest in the real estate of the island and in future operations is available. Download the investor presentation.

Mailing list

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