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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Finland
The Kalasatama centre in Helsinki.
Building the future – with respect for the past Finland is a country where architecture is held in high regard, and public construction often becomes the focus of lively debate. Not many would be able to name famous architects, however, as teamwork forms the basis of many successful architectural ventures. But one of the country’s definitive greats, award-winning architectural firm Helin & Co, has put its indelible mark on the cityscapes of Finland. With a string of accolades to its name, the firm prefers to turn the focus towards its raison d’être: a passion for beautiful architecture. By Joanna Nylund | Photos: Helin & Co
If you are a Helsinki resident or have spent time in Finnish cities, chances are you have visited a building designed by Helin & Co. Their impressive project portfolio includes clients such as the Finnish Parliament, Nokia, UPM and a virtual who’s who of Finnish industries and businesses. Local ventures include the Kamppi shopping centre in Helsinki and Sello Music
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Hall in nearby Espoo. The firm is currently in charge of the full-scale renovation of Parliament, and heavily involved in the construction of an entirely new city centre at Kalasatama. The work is as varied as it is extensive: as the Helsinki underground network keeps expanding westward, Helin & Co were re-
cently commissioned to design two stations along the route. A brand-new project just about to be constructed is the Regatta Resorts Spa in Finland’s southernmost city of Hanko. Large public complexes and extensive cityscaping projects are the company’s trademark, but smaller projects are just as important – such as product and interior design, adding that perfect finishing touch. A calling to create Helin & Co’s pared-back aesthetic is also one of few words – the firm prefers to let the work speak for itself. Having existed in its current form since 1999, with roots stretching back to 1979, Helin & Co cur-
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