Cultural capital – with grand ambitions on behalf of the climate
Wooden architecture, constructed from local wood types; schools; Alvar Aalto’s numerous, well-preserved buildings – and old industrial harbours, which have been developed into residential areas are just some of the high points in Helsinki. The city has experienced massive economic growth over the past decade and the Finns have proved that they dare to take chances.
Not least, Helsinki is interesting for municipalities and city planners for its part in an ambitious international program promoting public transport – and bikes – to get cars away from the city.
Highlights from the program:
The new cultural centre, including the beautiful new meeting place, Oodi Central Library, designed by ALA Architects
Schools and learning environments: Finnish children achieve the highest scores in PISA tests in the world; guided tours from Finnish design studios
The world famous architecture of Alvar Aalto, from the university area, Otaniemi Campus to many others
Urban development and new infrastructure in two new city districts, including the new ferry terminal between Helsinki and Tallinn, used by many thousands of travellers on a daily basis
Wood City: new urban quarter based on the vision of a sustainable, high-rise residential district, made solely from timber structures, as yet only partially realised
Youth housing – and experimental forms of housing
Culture (cultural centres, churches)
Visit to a public sauna and baths that is on the New York Times Top 100 list (2018) of places to visit around the world.
We can also arrange visits to the Finnish countryside and projects in Turku – as well as north to Bjørneborg and Tampere.
Number of days: 2-4 days
Contact us to hear more.