The Helsinki City Hall Lobby. (Photo: Laura Oja)

City Hall Lobby new meeting place for developers of Helsinki

Following a year of development work, the lobby of the Helsinki City Hall Lobby opens today with a brand new concept. Henceforth, the lobby is a place for everyone who is interested in the City and its future.

The renovated lobby can be used for many purposes, such as an office or a space for events, meetings and workshops. The happenings arranged in the lobby bring together the most interesting conversations in the City and presents the City’s internal development to the residents.

“The City Hall lobby is a showcase for modern Helsinki. Thanks to the renovation, it brings the most functional City in the world into a format that can be experienced. The realisation, which combines the history of the City with new planning gives life to the Helsinki City Strategy”, says Mayor Jan Vapaavuori.

In the future, the lobby is open on weekdays from 8 AM to 6 PM, but the opening hours may vary according to the events.

The City Hall lobby is open to anyone who is interested in the future of the City, whether a resident, a community, a decision-maker or an employee of the City.

The heart of the lobby is the event zone, the events of which anyone can come and watch. The event zone is suitable for happenings with around 100 participants and it can also be reserved for events.

The works on the media wall utilise open data

The eye-catcher of the lobby is the media wall, which caters to different kinds of happenings with varying contents.

The first works on the media wall, Jesse Myllymäki’s "Hengittävä kaupunki" (2019) and Anna Salmi's "Helsinkiläiset liikkuvat, opiskelevat, puhuvat ja kasvavat" (2019), present the City’s open data by means of art.

Renovation defined by architectural values and City brand

The interiors of the City Hall were designed by Aarno Ruusuvuori in 1965–1970. In the alteration work that has now been carried out in the lobby, attention has been paid to the architectural values and the conservation perspectives, as well as to the City’s brand image, which was created in 2017.

The new lobby concept was created from a user perspective, by means of service design. The design partner of the project was design agency Kuudes Helsinki. Verstas Arkkitehdit, Suunnittelutoimisto Koko3 and Arkkitehdit Davidsson-Tarkela were in charge of the architectural design and interior design of the lobby. The concept for the digital content was administered by Lucid Helsinki.

A new passage between the lobby and the restaurant was opened as part of the reconstruction. All the furniture and audio-visual equipment was replaced as well.

The main contractor of the project was the City of Helsinki’s Construction Services Stara, whose wood and metal section at the construction engineering unit also realised the fittings of the lobby.

The original large artworks, Kimmo Kaivanto's ”Ketju” (1971) and Rut Bryk’s relief ”Kaupunki auringossa” (1975) were kept in the lobby. Also located in the lobby is Jorma Puranen’s photo artwork ”Where Compasses All Go Mad” (2007). “Ketju” was also restored in connection to the renovation. Eino Ruutsalo’s ”Light Wall” (1971) was transferred to the Helsinki Art Museum.

More information

Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13

Lobby is open on weekdays from 8 AM to 6 PM.

Lobby of the Helsinki City Hall