HELSINKI MOMENTS

CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION
the Central Railway Station is one of the most famous buildings in Finland and a landmark in Helsinki. The granite monument represents late Jugend (another name for Art Nouveau) architecture and the main entrance is flanked by giant torchbearers.

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ATANEUM ART MUSEUM
This is the most popular museum in Finland.

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HELSINKI ICE PARK
Railway Square is the perfect place for skating to music. It is open from November to early April.

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PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Finland’s 200-seat parliament gathers in an impressive building representing 1920’s Classicism.

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The best way to see the city is by tram (or so they say), but today I have walked!

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINLAND
Another magnificent Jugend building – completed in 1910.

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ARCHITECTURE
The newest example of wooden architecture is KAMPPI CHAPEL (2012)
Kamppi Chapel of Silence is intended to be a place where people can have a moment of silence.
The most imposing space in the Chapel is the main hall with its height of 11.5 metres. In the quiet chapel area the busy surroundings have been consciously blocked out. Present is the light coming from above and the warm feel of the materials. The inner walls of the chapel area are lined with common alder planks cut to shape. The simple furnishings are made of massive ash tree.

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The facades are constructed of horizontal spruce strips, bent at different radiuses. The wood is glazed with a special wax utilizing nanotechnology. The frame is prepared from massive gluelam beams which were cut to shape.
The curved shape of the small-scale chapel building allows the space and views to flow on the urban surroundings.

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It was granted the International Architecture Award 2010 by The Chicago Athenaeum.

Finland, the home of Design

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And from the other side –

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One thought on “HELSINKI MOMENTS

  1. All that snow and ice in all the places you have been just make me feel really cold! No doubt you have learned how to rug up and cope with it! Trains look so modern & comfortable. I cannot imagine how many photos you must have taken as at every few steps there is something wonderful to see! Cool and some rain for us today, and not at all the usual Jan. weather.

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