Architecture in Helsinki – A mixture of east and west

Eira district

 Eira district

 

What does Helsinki have to offer visitors interested in architecture?

Both architecturally and culturally, Helsinki is an idiosyncratic mix of eastern and western influence.

The main theatres, museums, and concert halls are all centrally located, and many public and commercial buildings manifest outstanding architectural quality.

HELSINKI IS YOUNGER and smaller than most of the other European capitals, and its spacious town plan gives it a horizontal skyline.

There are plenty of parks and squares, and almost everywhere you sense the presence of the sea.

The old centre was built on a narrow promontory, and the modern city has fanned out onto the mainland, where you can detect distinct layers of development in the stylistically unified zones, which alternate like year rings.

The actual city centre is concentrated along Aleksanterinkatu and the main north-south thoroughfare Mannerheimintie.

Related articles:

  • Explore architectural showpieces 
    Explore architectural showpieces 

    Suomenlinna bastion walls in fall. Photo: ARTTU KOKKONEN / SUOMENLINNA GOVERNING BODY Heading back from Seurasaari, you pass close to several other main Helsinki attractions. One of these is the Sibelius monument, a tribute to Finland’s best-loved composer made from silver tubes that evoke the p...



  • The yellow city is born
    The yellow city is born

    The spacious town plan gives Helsinki a horizontal skyline. Photo: ELISE KULMALA /HELSINKI MARKETING In 1808, Russia invaded Finland. One year later Finland was ceded to Russia, and Helsinki was destroyed by a huge fire. More importantly, in 1812, Czar Alexander I declared Helsinki the new capit...



  • Helsinki - A growing city
    Helsinki - A growing city

    Picture: Pirje Mykkänen / Visit Finland Finland suffered great hardship during the World War II, and the post-war reconstruction effort was not completed until the 1950s. With the burgeoning growth of the city in the 1950s and 1960s, the focus of new building shifted to the suburbs. Tapiola ...