Helsinki accommodates more and more bright homes, creative work spaces, stately public spaces and other places central to the way our culture is shaped. What elements characterise each of these spaces?
The per cent for art scheme in the blocks of flats in Arabianranta, work spaces customised by employees and memorable cultural sites show that people who use these spaces are valued. The sites highlighted by our event week remind us of the fact that the particular character of a building contributes most to how the place is experienced. A room with some character is one to remember.
Event sites demonstrate that spaces where we spend a lot of time are not trivial. They are places where we bloom and gather strength that we can use in ways that benefit others. Or what do you think of the most vivacious district association of Helsinki that started in a club room of a residential building, Finnish leggings that made it to a fashion fair in Paris, the first art gallery in Helsinki for homeless, or 1.5 million metres of Marimekko fabric a year?
Our participating sites look like the lives led within, and you won’t find them wanting quirks, ambition or surprises. Come and have a look, the city won’t look the same again!
Participation in all events is free of charge.
More detailed programs can be found in the dedicated event sites of each event.
- My House Arabianranta 11.–16.9. An architect, artist and residents shed light on the voyage of a residential building from the drawing board into the everyday lives of the residents. At the same time, we’re testing the event concept of these guided tours of residential buildings, so that people all over the world are able to reproduce the event. The event brings forth unique experiences of living as neighbours in the district, fancy common areas and art in residential construction. (www.artova.fi/minuntaloniarabianranta)
- Open Studios 13.–14.9. Open Studios introduces work spaces used by creative industries to public. You get to see where creative work is done – and how. (www.helsinkidesignweek.com/hdw-main-events/open-studios)
- OpenHouseHelsinki 14.–16.9. OpenHouseHelsinki lets the city folk and guests into places to which entrance is normally restricted. The tours are free and guided by designers and experts. (www.openhousehelsinki.fi)
All three events are part of Helsinki Design Week 6.–16.9. Helsinki Design Week is the largest Nordic design festival that portrays various ways in which design can be seen in our lives. Events are spread across the city, they cut across traditional and industrial design, fashion and even music (www.helsinkidesignweek.com). All events are also part of World Design Capital 2012 initiative.
For more information and interviews, contact
Ms. Satu Onnela
My House Arabianranta initiative
The Spirit of Artova
+358 50 322 8930
Ms. Henna Kokko
Helsinki Design Week
+358 44 274 8229
Translated by Pigasus Translations.