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Helsinki’s architectural layers include Neoclassicism, Jugend (Finnish 'Art Nouveau'), Alvar Aalto’s modernism and contemporary architecture, which blend together harmoniously. The city centre’s building stock makes for a fascinating journey through centuries and styles. Helsinki architecture can be characterised as Nordic, unassuming and refined. Helsinki’s strengths include neighbourhoods that form architecturally harmonious entities, especially the historical city centre, the old Eira and Katajanokka.

Helsinki Colour Scheme

Over the years, Helsinki has been coloured with varying principles. The City of Helsinki Building Control Department has produced a façade colour search service, which allows the browser to form an idea of the Helsinki façade colour schemes throughout decades from 1850 to 1960. The Helsinki Colour Scheme materials can be browsed on the map and by area, era and address.

Read: Helsinki Colour Scheme (in Finnish)

Building drawings available on the Lupapiste Kauppa

The Lupapiste Kauppa archives are an eService that includes the master and technical drawings of nearly all Helsinki buildings. There is also special plans.

Archeology in Helsinki

In addition to carrying out archaeological research and documentation, Helsinki City Museum monitors Helsinki land use planning and performs archaeological specialist and official tasks related to provincial, city and detailed plans.

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