The complete modernisation of Helsinki’s biggest conference and events venue is part of a big vision for the area.
Helsinki has begun the project planning for the renovation of Finlandia Hall, the city’s biggest and best-known conference and events venue, which originally opened in 1971.
Based on a preliminary schedule, the renovation is set to be carried out between 2021 and 2024, but its operations and services will continue uninterrupted throughout the project.
Facilities for new services at Finlandia Hall – whose turnover has doubled over the last six years – are to be built during the modernisation period.
The project entails not only the restoration of existing premises but also “the construction of a framework for new services,” the City of Helsinki says.
Plans for the renewed venue include, for instance, an audio-visual exhibition and a design store. The kitchen will be updated so that the restaurant can be of service during large-scale events and conferences in the future, while restaurant operations “will be developed so that people from far away arrive at Finlandia Hall for dinner”.
A drinks bar on the rooftop terrace is planned as a major new attraction. For the area around Töölönlahti Bay, which Finlandia Hall sits next to, there are plans for glamping-type accommodation and activities that connect the venue more closely to the surrounding countryside.
“Finlandia Hall is very important for Helsinki both as an architectural landmark and as a living conference centre, which enables the arrangement of diverse events in the capital city of Finland.
This is why special care must be taken of the building,” says Anni Sinnemäki, deputy mayor for urban environment.
“Every year Finlandia Hall welcomes more than 200,000 visitors. According to one study, they spend almost €50 million per year on various experiences, shopping and services in Helsinki.”
“Shared living room”
The wider Töölönlahti Bay area is becoming “a shared living room for all Helsinki residents more strongly than before,” she added.
The new Helsinki Central Library Oodi, the Helsinki Music Centre, the new, green Kansalaistori Square, the Kiasma contemporary art museum and Finlandia Hall “will together constitute a lively and diverse cultural hub in the centre of the city,” Sinnemäki continues.