The Asko area is the most diverse business hub in Lahti. It is home to hundreds of specialist, commercial, service, logistics and manufacturing companies. Companies can easily find each other, which activates new business. Because there are lots of diverse opportunities available, both locally and nationally operating companies have moved into the area. This is also supported by its location: the area is connected to diverse private and public transport services in and outside Lahti.
The Asko area offers uniquely renewed and light business premises. Alternatively, we can realise space solutions customised precisely to meet our customers’ needs. In addition, the business centre Suorakulma is at our customers’ disposal.
The cafeteria and restaurant services of Ravintola Werstas and diverse meeting, training and event premises for 8–2,200 persons are available to our regular customers and visitors.
The location and active networking have made the Asko area the fastest-growing business hub in Lahti. Ask our asset manager for additional information about our space and service solutions in the Asko area.
The Askotalo building is BREEAM In-Use GOOD-certified with regard to both the building and technical maintenance. The entire Asko area utilises renewable energy sources extensively: a groundwater system is used for cooling approximately 15,000 square metres of offices, restaurants and lobbies. The savings in electricity consumption are approximately 30–50 per cent compared to premises equipped with traditional cooling. This corresponds to the average consumption of electricity of approximately 13 single-family houses.
Aukusti Asko Avonius began the serial production of furniture in Lahti in 1918. The production expanded into domestic appliances over the years. These business operations gave birth to Asko Corporation, which later became Uponor Corporation. The industrial operations of Asko and Upo largely ended in the 1990s. The Asko area comprises more than 30 hectares of land and several plant complexes. When Renor became the owner of the Asko area, clearing and cleaning of the industrial area was commenced and the property development of the area began.
Aukusti Avonius begins furniture production in Lahti.
Several industrial plants are completed in what is now known as the Asko area.
The company’s name becomes Asko-Avonius Huonekalutehtaat and the product name Asko.
Upo Metalli Oy commences operations as a subcontractor manufacturing metal parts for the furniture industry.
The first electrically powered domestic appliance is manufactured.
The first white goods are manufactured at the Lahti plant: refrigerator, pulsator washing machine, electric stove, electric mangle and spin dryer.
After the 1956 expansion, the area is home to the biggest furniture and domestic appliance plant in the Nordic countries.
Asko Corporation founds Asko Kiinteistöt Oy. Asko Corporation’s name changes to Uponor Corporation.
Uponor Corporation spins off its real estate operations to Asko Kiinteistöt Oy.
Asko Kiinteistöt Oy changes its name to Renor Oy.
Nine Finnish investors buy Renor Oy from Uponor.
Renor Oy cleans more than 8,000 square metres of soil in the area and renovates approximately 37,000 square metres of new leasable space from the raw space.
A district cold network is built in the area, and the technical systems of the buildings are renovated extensively.
Asko 2 receives a new roof and the covered marketplace area is completed. All shares in Asko 3 are transferred to Renor Oy.
The Asko area development project for the architectural competition concerning the railside in the centre of Lahti begins.
The development of the Asko area continues as part of the urban planning of the Lahti centre railside area.
The Asko area is an area of 31 hectares in the centre of Lahti. The area features several properties, entrances and parking areas (P1, P2 and P3).
THE ASKO AREA – RENOR OY
Askonkatu 9 E, 3rd floor
P.O Box 45