Anyone who’s into Helsinki should take note of this Instagram profile, Helsinkifacades. The account has one goal: documenting the facades of Helsinki, in glorious detail.
The idea isn’t new: the Ihaveathingforwalls Instagram is a must-see for any friends of architecture, but this hyper-localized account documents Helsinki, one wall at a time.
We warmly recommend reading the captions too. The unnamed photographer gives well-researched detail about the origin of the buildings, including architects and years built. The same photographer has a general repository of more Helsinki goodness in a separate account: @somewhereinhelsinki_.
The best southern Helsinki has to offer
It’s building like these that make districts like Ullanlinna great for walks in any weather.
Because everything nice in Helsinki isn’t necessarily old.
Kruununhaka Hansa town
This one, quite close to the Ink Tank headquarters, borrows heavily from old trading routes in northern Europe.
Helsinki Facades [ 17 ] Helios. Where: Rauhankatu 13, Kruununhaka. Who: Karl Hård af Segerstadt & Bertel Jung, 1897-98. Why: The use of red bricks in combination with partly rendered facade. Big amount of details, which draw their influence from the Swedish architecture as well as from German. Strong hansa town architecture vibes in this one ? #helsinkifacades | #finnisharchitecture | #visithelsinki
Also close to the Ink Tank headquarters, this one lets styles collide.. in style.
. Helsinki Facades [ 11 ] Where: Rauhankatu 4-6, Kruununhaka. Who: Georg Wasastjerna, 1914-15. (4) Oiva Kallio, 1911-12. (6) Why: Contrast between the classically decorated Rauhankatu 6 (blue) to the more simpler no. 4 (green). And the statues! ? Trivia: The building of Rauhankatu 4 is part of group of buildings shapes as the letter H, which span from Kirkkokatu to Rauhankatu through the courtyard. The buildings are designed by the same architects Von Essen, Ikäläinen & Kallio. #helsinkifacades | #straightfacades | #visithelsinki
Here’s a facade with a level of detail you might want to pay some attention to the next time you’re in downtown Helsinki.
. Helsinki Facades [ 16 ] Where: Kaisaniemenkatu 8, Kluuvi. Who: Architect Karl Hård af Segerstadt, 1911. Why: Check out the amount if details in the facade. Bay windows, decorations, the balcony, amazing windows, combination of light pink with the old green copper roof. Just gorgeous? Trivia: The same architect designed also the amazing Helios building in 1898 in Kruununhaka, which I will be posting next! ? #helsinkifacades | #facadedesign | #visithelsinki
Massive Modernist Hospital
Modernism divides opinions among architectural buffs, but one thing is for certain: modern industrial building techniques allow for some fine lines and precision.
. I'm published a lookup shot of this beauty on my main account @somewhereinhelsinki_ . . Be sure to check it out! ? . Helsinki Facades [ 40 ] Meilahti Hospital. Where: Haartmaninkatu 4, Meilahti. Who: Jaakko Paatela and Reino Koivula, 1965. Why: Strictly modernist behemoth of a hospital. 15 stories tall and located on a high spot overlooking towards the west and the sea. #helsinkifacades | #arcblu | #superb_suburbs
Austere Kallio hoods
For more utilitarian looks, the larger Kallio region is a gold mine, like this house in Alppila.
Green bay windows in Töölö
There is a distinct Töölö vibe here.
. Helsinki Facades [ 7 ] Kotirinne. Where: Nervanderinkatu 1, Töölö. Who: Usko Nyström, 1910-11. Why: Late jugend-styled bright green facade with white detailed borders. + Bay windows ? Trivia: the building was construcred for a group of teachers and their families in the beginning of the century. ??
We don’t want to be hating on modern architecture because the real culprit is usually city planning. This particular glass facade fits in with its surroundings near the central railway station.
. Helsinki Facades [ 53 ] Who: APRT Artto, Palo, Rossi, Tikka Architects, 2003. Where: Elielinaukion 5, Helsinki. Why: A modern glass facade right beside the Central Railway Station of Helsinki. Trivia: There's a Holiday Inn hotel, Visma's office (a Norwegian software company) and a sports bar Chelsea in this building. #helsinkifacades | #cleanfacades | #visithelsinki
Blue student housing
This one is from the recent, still in construction neighborhood of Jätkäsaari.
Red brick heaven
There’s something simple and down to earth about these relatively simple red brick walls in Helsinki.
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