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Nordea Office Buildings
Vallila, Helsinki, Finland, 2001, 2003

Nordea Office Buildings

Client: Merita Real Estate, Nordea Bank Finland Ltd.
Location: Vallila, Helsinki, Finland
Year of completion: 2001, 2003
Gross area: 14 300 + 24 800 m²
Volume: 50 600 + 90 500 m³

The city block, situated in an old industrial area of Helsinki, is owned by Nordea Bank. The buildings are historically layered and partially protected, but they have previously been converted into offices. The plan from 1901 was replaced, and the infill development started in 2000.

The new building stands on a prominent site, completing the Teollisuuskatu Street side of the block by the traditional means of urban building. The main façade is a metamorphosis between the brick facade of the old Syrup Factory and the copper-clad computer centre from the 1970’s. The modern façade with strip windows has been adapted to the rhythm of the computer centre by the use of stochastically organised copper screens. The entrance is at the intersection of the adjoining masses. The sequence of spaces, beginning from the two-storey entrance hall continues into the glass-roofed atrium restaurant. The vista terminates in the forceful brick façade of the iron bed frame factory in the background. The wing facing the grounds contains conference facilities and an auditorium, while the office floors of the building are occupied by the efficient, modern, easily adaptable workspaces. The top floor has sauna facilities with views over the rooftops of the Puu-Vallila district.

The building draws its power from the site and its history - the surrounding buildings, the materials, the intermediate spaces and utilisation of natural light.