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30 January 2024
Central Library Oodi
Design: ALA Architects
Central Library Oodi Helsinki
photo : Tuomas Uusheimo
Central Library Oodi

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Vuosaari Heat Pump Building

9 Dec 2022
Mannerheimintie 14 office and retail building
Design: SARC Architects
Mannerheimintie 14 Helsinki office and retail building
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Mannerheimintie 14 Helsinki office and retail building
Sponda Ltd, one of Finland’s leading real estate asset management companies, confirms that the City of Helsinki has approved an application for a building permit in Mannerheimintie 14. The permit allows for the development of a premium new office and retail property in the heart of Helsinki.

19 Nov 2022
Borenius Office Space
Interior Design: Kokema Design
Borenius Office Space Helsinki Finland
photo : Okko Oinonen
Borenius Office Space

30 Aug 2022
New Nordic Schools, Jätkäsaari
Design: Avanto Architects Ltd
New Nordic School by the Sea Helsinki Finland
photo : Riikka Kantinkoski
New Nordic School by the Sea, Helsinki
The headquarters of mobile game developer, Supercell, is located in the new and unique Wood City, a massive wooden structure by built by Anttinen Oiva Architects at the entrance of Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari neighborhood. Fyra was selected by Supercell Oy to design a kindergarten for the same building. The daycare is operated by New Nordic Schools.

5 July 2022
Hotel Torni
Interior Design: Fyra
Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Helsinki Architecture News
photo : Riikka Kantinkoski
Solo Sokos Hotel Torni
Since its establishment in 1931, the thirteen floors of Hotel Torni have made the building a prominent landmark of the city of Helsinki. In 2018, the hotel underwent a comprehensive renovation, with Fyra being responsible for the interior design of the restaurant, the bars, and the reception area.

21 Apr 2022
Ruohonjuuri Helsinki city center flagship store, Mannerheimintie 7
Design: Design Office Amerikka
Ruohonjuuri Helsinki city center flagship store
photo : Marc Goodwin/Archmospheres
Ruohonjuuri Helsinki city center flagship store
Ruohonjuuri’s new flagship store in Helsinki city center is a pioneer project by Finnish Design Office Amerikka for building renovation and modernisation. Founded by group of local environmentally-aware young people in 1982, Ruohonjuuri is the biggest Finnish green retailer specialising in organic food, natural cosmetics and health products.

5 Apr 2022
House J
Design: Avanto Architects Ltd
House J Helsinki Architecture News by Avanto Architects
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House J Helsinki
House J is situated on top of a high hill, on the edge of a single-family housing area. The architectural concept is based on the site: the building has a closed rear towards the North and East where the neighboring houses are, and it opens to the South and West, towards a natural forest.

10 Jun 2021
Scandic Grand Central Helsinki Building
Original architect: Eliel Saarinen ; Renewal architects: Futudesign with Puroplan
Scandic Grand Central Helsinki hotel building
photo : Marc Goodwin Archmospheres
Scandic Grand Central Helsinki design hotel
A landmark of Finnish architecture, Helsinki Central railway station opens as a design hotel – Scandic Grand Central is Eliel Saarinen’s masterpiece with an extension that respects the original.

28 May 2021
Hot Heart
Architects: CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati
20th edition of the AR Future Project Awards – this design by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati wins the Urban Infrastructure category:
AR Future Project Awards 2021
Helsinki Hot Hearth Cool City
image courtesy of architects practice
Helsinki: A Hot Hearth In A Cool City
A series of islands with the dual function of storing thermal energy storage and serving as a hub for recreational activities – has won the Helsinki Energy Challenge, which aims to decarbonize the heating system of the Finnish capital by 2030. The project was developed by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati in collaboration with Ramboll, Transsolar, Danfoss Leanheat®, Schneider Electric, OP Financial Group, schlaich bergermann partner and Squint/Opera.

3 Oct 2020
Bardem Speakeasy Bar
Architects: Fyra Ltd
Bardem Speakeasy Bar Helsinki Architecture News
photograph : Riikka Kantinkoski
Bardem Speakeasy Bar
This cocktail bar quickly became a new place to go for friends of cultivated bar culture in the heart of Helsinki. The independent interior concept is the work of the renowned local design studio Fyra, and its modern interpretation is based on the principle of a Speakeasy Bar.

7 Sep 2020
Olympic Stadium Renovation, Paavo Nurmen tie 1
Redesign Architects: K2S and NRT
Helsinki Olympic Stadium Renovation Finland
photo © Wellu Hämäläinen
Helsinki Olympic Stadium Renovation
First inaugurated in 1938, the Helsinki Olympic Stadium will reopen on 22 August after an extensive modernisation and rebuild. While the four-year renovation project was carried out with great respect towards the Stadium’s original modernist architecture, new functionalities have been added and comfort and safety have been increased to match the demands of the future.

26 June 2020
Olympic Stadium Building, Paavo Nurmen tie 1
Redesign Architects: K2S and NRT
Helsinki Olympic Stadium Finland
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Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Finland
The entirely renovated Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland reopens its doors to the public in August. Modern ABLOY access solution technology will secure the million visitors annually – and almost 3,000 new doors and locking points.

26 Feb 2020
City Cottage, Lauttasaari
Design: Verstas Architects
City Cottage Lauttasaari Helsinki Architecture News
photograph : Andreas Meichsnere
City Cottage in Lauttasaari Helsinki
This new Finnish building is a 14 sqm cabin for the 4-person Palva architect family was built in Lauttasaari, only two kilometres from the family home and the parents’ workplace.

24 Feb 2020
Housing on the Rocks, Viikinmäki
Design: Verstas Architects
Housing on the Rocks Viikinmaki Helsinki Architecture News
photograph : Tuomas Uusheimo
Housing on the Rocks in Viikinmäki
Three buildings perching on a rock in a new neighbourhood in Helsinki, Viikinmäki. The emerging suburban neighbourhood next to a river has a steep topography that gives it a unique character.

17 Feb 2020
EY House, Töölönlahti, Helsinki, Finland
Design: Verstas Architects
EY Finland HQ Apartment Buildings Helsinki Architecture News
photography: Marc Goodwin, Pyry Kantonen, Tuomas Uusheimo and Kuvio
EY Finland HQ and Apartment Buildings
The office and apartment block stands in the Töölönlahti area, a recently developed site in the heart of Helsinki, Finland. Töölönlahti is adjacent to Helsinki Central railway station and the Parliament.

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26 July 2019
Oodi – World Architecture Festival 2019 Shortlist News
Central Library Oodi makes the World Architecture Festival 2019 Shortlist
Oodi, the new Helsinki Central Library that opened in December 2018, has proven to be extremely popular. The building welcomed its one millionth visitor in March 2019 with daily visits on the busiest days topping at 20,000.

30 May 2019
Etuniementie Housing, Vantaa
Design: Studio Puisto Architects
Etuniementie Homes in Espoo Helsinki Architecture News
image courtesy of architecture office
Etuniementie Housing
The Etuniementie Housing project is a community of nine single family houses in the Matinkylä district of Espoo, Finland.

8 Nov 2018
Central Library Oodi
Design: ALA Architects
Central Library Oodi Helsinki Building News
photo ® ALA Architects
Central Library Oodi
Oodi – a new central library for Helsinki will open on the fifth of December 2018, a day before Finland marks its 101st anniversary as an independent country. Described as the nation’s birthday gift to its citizens, the 17,250 sq m library has been designed by Finnish architecture firm ALA Architects.

23 Jul 2018
Amos Rex, Mannerheimintie
Design: JKMM Architects
Amos Rex Helsinki Art Museum building design
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Amos Rex
This art museum will open on 30 August 2018, with “Massless” a major international exhibition by the Tokyo-based digital art collective teamLab filling its 2,200 sq m gallery space.

19 Nov 2017
Showroom Exhibition Architecture Plays with Infinity, Messuaukio 1
Design: Avanto Architects Ltd
Showroom Exhibition at the Helsinki Fair Centre
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Showroom Exhibition at the Helsinki Fair Centre
Showroom design, interior design and lighting event for professionals at the Helsinki Fair Centre: the event was a collaboration between Helsinki Design Week and Habitare, the biggest interior design fair in Finland.

8 Dec 2017
Helsinki Art Museum Architecture Exhibition
Ola Kolehmainen + Sauerbruch Hutton
Ola Kolehmainen Helsinki Architecture News: San Pietro Roma photo
photograph © Ola Kolehmainen
Helsinki Art Museum Architecture Exhibition
Ola Kolehmainen had the idea for his Sacred Spaces suite when he was in Istanbul photographing mosques that had been designed by the Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The series features sacred buildings of the three Abrahamic religions that are located throughout Europe.

2 Feb 2017
Hilbert’s Hotel
Architects: Snøhetta
Hilbert's Hotel in Helsinki Architecture News
image Courtesy architecture office
Hilbert’s Hotel in Helsinki
Snøhetta has won the invited design competition for a new hotel on the Hakaniemi waterfront in Helsinki, Finland. Snøhetta’s design proposal, Hilbert’s Hotel, was announced as the winning entry during a press conference in Helsinki on February 1, following a competition arranged last year by AB invest A/S, the City of Helsinki, and the Finnish Association of Architect.

11 Jan 2017
OP Vallilan päätoimipaikka
Design: JKMM Architects
OP Financial Group Headquarters Helsinki Architecture News
photo © Marc Goodwin
OP Financial Group Headquarters Building
OP Financial Group is Finland’s leading financial services group. Instead of a traditional high-rise office, the company preferred to create a campus-like city block to create a better working environment.

10 Oct 2016
Löyly Sauna, Hernesaarenranta
Design: Avanto Architects Ltd
Loyly Sauna
photographers: kuvio / Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield ; Marc Goodwin, Archmospheres ; Mikko Ryhänen
Löyly Sauna Building
Sauna bathing is an essential part of Finnish culture and national identity. There are only 5,4 million Finns but 3,3 million saunas. Public saunas used to be common in bigger cities but now that most new apartments have sauna of their own, public saunas have decreased dramatically in number.

6 Apr 2016
Guggenheim Museum Helsinki Design, Töölönlahti
Design: THEEAE LTD (The Evolved Architectural Eclectic Limited), architects
Guggenheim Museum Helsinki Design
image Courtesy architecture office
Guggenheim Museum Helsinki Design
The environment present in the city is the cityscape that creates the characteristic of the town. It is a form of elevation that our eye can capture. It may be an expression of our needs to survive in the town.

4 Feb 2016
Helsinki City Museum, the Tori Quarters
Design: Arkkitehdit Davidsson Tarkela
City Museum in Helsinki Architecture News
image Courtesy architecture office
Helsinki City Museum Building
A new flagship museum resulting from an 18-month redevelopment project which has transformed five buildings in the Tori Quarters; a historic part of the city that connects the Senate Square with Market Square on the seafront.

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