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Helsinki Buildings : Architecture

Finnish Buildings in the capital – Built Environment Finland

post updated 30 August 2021

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We select what the most important examples of Helsinki Architecture. Our focus is on contemporary Finnish buildings.

Finnish Architectural News, chronological:

Helsinki Architecture Designs – chronological list

Helsinki Architecture News

23 Oct 2013
Finnish Architecture Review, MFA

13 Feb 2013
Kamppi chapel of silence, central Helsinki
Design: K2S Architects
Helsinki Building design by K2S Architects
photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
Kamppi Chapel
This building is located on the south side of the Narinkka square in central Helsinki. It is one of Finland’s most lively urban spaces. With its curved wood facade, the small sacral building flows into the city scape. Simultaneously the chapels gently shaped interior space embraces visitors and shields them from the bustling city life outside.

13 Feb 2013
University of Helsinki City Campus Library
Anttinen Oiva arkkitehdit Oy – aoa
University of Helsinki City Campus Library building
photo : Mika Huisman
University of Helsinki City Campus Library
Helsinki University Main Library is the largest academic library in Finland. The building is located in a historically important city centre block. The new building uses a curved brick facade, integrated within the street line formed by the adjacent buildings.

3 Jan 2013
Central Library Helsinki Building – Finnish Architecture Contest entry
Design: dINKOFF Architects & Engineers, Los Angeles
Pinewood Library Helsinki
image from architects firm
Central Library Helsinki Building
Design proposal ‘BIBLIO-Centrum’ is intended to be a center of diverse cultural and intellectual activities, a congregating point for people with a thirst for knowledge.

26 Nov 2012
Helsinki Central Library Architecture Competition Entry
Design: Djuric+Tardio Architectes
Helsinki Library Building
image from architectural office
Helsinki Central Library
A modern library, as a elementary and great emblem of the Finnish essence, culture and know-how, and result of the most accomplished wooden construction technology. These are the aims that give birth to an unordinary building, voluntarily unaccustomed to the Finnish landscape, in order to lead the user to a trip somewhere else, in the reading time of an exotic novel.

21 Nov 2012
Helsinki Central Library Architectural Competition Entry
Design: Kubota & Bachmann Architects +Martinez
Library Building Helsinki
image from architecture practice
Library Competition Helsinki
Shared Dreams is a proposal for the new Helsinki Library, sited at a strategic point within the city, the cultural cluster in the Töölönlahti area, with the Helsinki Music Centre, the Aalto congress centre, and the Kiasma contemporary art museum. Office buildings and housing also contribute to urban life around the Makasiinipuisto Park. The new library is committed to strengthening this cluster.

29 Oct 2010
Chapel of St.Lawrence, Vantaa, just north of Helsinki
Design: Avanto Arkkitehdit Ltd
Pyhän Laurin kappeli
photo :
Chapel of St Lawrence
This dedicated cemetery chapel aims to reconcile the emotional needs of mourners with the pragmatic demands of funerals. The building uses similar materials to the old structures in the area and the roof is patinated copper, like the roof of the old church. Many of the ceilings are finished with removable, perforated copper trays.

Major Helsinki Building Designs

Helsinki Buildings – with images / links, alphabetical:

Guggenheim Museum Helsinki – Building Proposal News
Guggenheim Museum Helsinki

Hanko Ice Cream Kiosk
Design: Wood prog.07: Satoshi Ohtaki + working grp
Hanko Ice Cream Kiosk
picture from architect practice
Hanko Ice Cream Kiosk

Helsinki Seafarers’ Centre
Design: ARK-house Architects
Helsinki Seafarers Centre
photograph : Jussi Tiainen
Helsinki Seafarers’ Centre

House Moby Dick, Espoo
Design: Arkkitehdit NRT
House Moby Dick
photo from architecture office
House Moby Dick

Kiasma, National Finnish Modern Art Gallery
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Helsinki Art Gallery
image Courtesy Steven Holl
Helsinki Art Gallery

Korona information centre
Design: ARK-house Architects
Korona information centre Finland
photograph from architect
Viikki Infocentre Koruna

Design: Ville Hara / Wood Studio workshop
photo : Jussi Tiainen
Kupla Building

Public Attic
Design: Casagrande Laboratory
Public Attic
photograph : Yehia Eweis
Public Attic

Tropaion Helsinki
Design: ALA Architects
Tropaion Helsinki
image from architect
Tropaion Helsinki

Viikki Church
Design: JKMM Architects
Viikki Church Helsinki
photo : Arno de la Chapelle
Viikki Church

Major Finnish Architecture Projects

Finnish Building Designs, alphabetical:

Aalto House, Riihitie 20, Munkkiniemi
Design: Alvar Aalto Architect
Guided tours
+358 (0)50 354 1404 / [email protected]

Finlandia Hall, Mannerheimintie 13
Design: Alvar Aalto Architect
Entrance fee – guided tour, group tours enquiries
+358 (0)9 40241 / [email protected]

Finnish Parliament
Design: J.S. Sirén Architect
severe & formal, granite building

Finnish Parliament Extension
Design: Helin & Co

Helsinki University of Technology, Otaniemi, Otakaari 1
Design: Alvar Aalto Architect
+358 (0)9 4511
Main building / Library / Shopping center / Watertower

Helsinki Waterfront Hotel
Design: Herzog & de Meuron Architects
cross-shaped 5 star hotel

House, Inkoo, nr Helsinki
A-Piste Architects, Helsinki

Meander residential project

Design: Steven Holl Architects

Nokia Headquarters, Espoo, nr Helsinki
Helin + Siitonen

Studio Aalto, Tiilimäki 20
1954-55, 1962-63
Alvar Aalto
Reservation recommended
+358 (0)9 481 350 / [email protected]

Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki
Juha Leiviskä
Architecture Competition winner 2003

Helsinki Station Building
Helsinki Station Building
photo : City of Helsinki

Helsinki Cathedral Building
Helsinki Cathedral Building Helsinki Cathedral
photos : City of Helsinki

Helsinki Olympic Stadium Building
Helsinki Stadium Building
photo : City of Helsinki

Suomenlinna Building
photo : City of Helsinki

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Location: Helsinki, Finland, northeast Europe

New Helsinki Architecture

Contemporary Finnish Architecture

Finnish Architecture

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Finland buildings – scanned photos from 1991, by architect Adrian Welch
Finnish Museum Finnish Museum decoration Finnish Museum photo
Finnish Museum, images © Adrian Welch 1990

Danish Architecture

Helsinki Skyscraper Architecture
Skyscraper hotel proposal, Pasila, adj. Helsinki Fair Centre : 100m high
Cirrus, Helsinki : 86m high, opened in 2006
Fortum head office, Espoo : 84m high, opened in 1976
Itäkeskuksen maamerkki, Helsinki : 82m high, opened in 1987
Stadium Tower : 72m high
Torni Hotel : 70m high – Finland’s tallest building when it opened in 1931

Helsinki Architecture Photos © Adrian Welch

Buildings in Finland – alphabetical list

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