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Yatofu uses “honest” materials to revamp Teemaa teahouse in Helsinki

January 13, 2022 Natasha Levy 0
Tea tasting room with red brick wall and paper lantern above weathered wooden table in Teemaa teahouse in Helsinki, designed by Yatofu

Design studio Yatofu has refined the interiors of a teahouse in downtown Helsinki with elements of brick, oak and oxidised steel. The Teemaa cafe, which serves traditional Chinese and Japanese teas without artificial additives, was renovated to reflect both the craft of the brewing process as well as the raw tactile quality of the tea

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“We’re building tunnels not walls” says Angry Birds co-founder behind plan to link Helsinki and Tallinn via undersea tunnel

October 27, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Finest Bay Area project

A €15 billion project to link the capitals of Finland and Estonia via a tunnel beneath the Baltic Sea will create a metropolitan area “much, much better” for tech startups than Silicon Valley, according to CEO Peter Vesterbacka. The Finest Bay Area project will add 200,000 homes in four new districts, including affordable accommodation for

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Verstas Architects evokes island landscapes with Helsinki Biennial Pavilion

October 20, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Verstas Architects pavilion in Helsinki

Finnish practice Verstas Architects has created a circular timber pavilion at Helsinki’s South Harbour, forging a connection between the city and the nearby island of Vallisaari. Verstas Architects built the pavilion to serve as an entry point to the Helsinki Biennial art festival, which was held on Vallisaari island from June to September 2021, and

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Cover Story plastic-free paint shop encourages visitors to play with colour

October 11, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Cover Story shop interior by Linda Bergroth

Finnish plastic-free paint company Cover Story has opened its first shop: a “paint studio” fitted out by interior designer Linda Bergroth to offer customers multiple ways to explore colour. The Cover Story Paint Studio is located in a small shopfront in central Helsinki. The brand considers this one of its points of differentiation from how

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Watch our live talk with Amos Rex about the role of art museums in cities

May 25, 2021 Siufan Adey 0

Dezeen teamed up with Amos Rex and JKMM Architects on a live talk to mark the launch of a new book about the Helsinki museum. Titled Amos Rex Art Museum – JKMM Architects, the publication explores the design of the museum’s building, a 1930s structure refurbished by Finnish studio JKMM Architects that includes subterranean galleries

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Helsinki calls for proposals to transform Makasiiniranta port into cultural precinct

May 12, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
The Helsinki port will be turned into a cultural hub

The City of Helsinki has launched a competition to create a new waterfront cultural and leisure district on the South Harbour, which will include a design and architecture museum complex. The Makasiiniranta area is the last remaining section of old harbour cut off from public use and is currently home to terminals and parking. The

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Carlo Ratti Associati among winners of global Helsinki Energy Challenge

March 26, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A visual of a floating thermal storage in Helsinki

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati is among four winners of the global Helsinki Energy Challenge, with a proposal to create island-like, floating seawater reservoirs that would store heat to help decarbonise the city’s heating network. The international Helsinki Energy Challenge was launched in 2020 to unearth sustainable alternatives for urban heating networks, using Helsinki as

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Carlo Ratti Associati among winners of global Helsinki Energy Challenge

March 26, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A visual of a floating thermal storage in Helsinki

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati is among four winners of the global Helsinki Energy Challenge, with a proposal to create island-like, floating seawater reservoirs that would store heat to help decarbonise the city’s heating network. The international Helsinki Energy Challenge was launched in 2020 to unearth sustainable alternatives for urban heating networks, using Helsinki as

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Majamaja is an off-grid seaside cabin near Helsinki

December 15, 2020 India Block 0
Majamaja off-grid cabin by Pekka Littow

Architect Pekka Littow has used Finnish spruce and birch plywood for off-grid holiday home Majamaja, which is perched on a rocky outcrop by the sea just outside of Helsinki. Majamaja will eventually be a cluster of five cabins, one of which has already been completed, and a sauna that will be available for eco-friendly overnight stays.

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Ortraum Architects builds timber music studio beside house in Helsinki

September 23, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
12 studio by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

Ortraum Architects has built an asymmetric studio called 12 in the garden of a house in Helsinki, Finland, to provide its owners with space to compose music and make ceramics. The structure was commissioned by a couple who wanted an external space to work from home, beside their existing 1960s home in the Jollas neighbourhood.

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