September 3, 2018

Finlandia Hall is the largest and one of the best-known event and conference centres in Finland. The building’s turnover has doubled in six years.

mportant and historic landmark

– Finlandia Hall is very important for Helsinki both as an architectural landmark and as a living conference centre, which enables the arrangement of diverse events in the capital city of Finland. This is why special care must be taken of the building. Every year Finlandia Hall welcomes more than 200,000 visitors. According to one study, they spend almost €50 million per year on various experiences, shopping and services in Helsinki, says Anni Sinnemäki, the Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment.

– The renewed Finlandia Hall is part of the larger Töölönlahti Bay area that is becoming a shared living room for all Helsinki residents more strongly than before. The new Helsinki Central Library Oodi, the Helsinki Music Centre, Kansalaistori Square, Kiasma and Finlandia Hall will together constitute a lively and diverse cultural hub in the centre of the city, Sinnemäki continues.

Major renovation scheduled to start in 2021

Facilities for new services at Finlandia Hall are to be built during renovation that is scheduled to start in 2021.

The project means not only restoration of existing premises but also construction of a framework for new services. Plans for the renewed Finlandia Hall include, for instance, an audio-visual exhibition and a design store. The kitchen will be modernized so the restaurant can be of service during large events and conferences in the future. Restaurant operations will be developed so that people from far away arrive at Finlandia Hall for dinner. A drink bar on the rooftop terrace is planned as a main attraction. For the area around Töölönlahti Bay, there are plans for glamping-type activity that connects Finlandia Hall more closely to the surrounding park area.

– Finlandia Hall was completed in 1971, so the building management systems require an upgrade. Facilities will be altered and the service range expanded during the extensive renovation. Finlandia Hall’s strategic intent is to serve as a low-threshold venue that offers new services to Helsinki residents and tourists alike. The reforms are aimed at achieving this goal, says Johanna Tolonen, the CEO of Finlandia Hall.

The renovation will proceed in stages, and Finlandia Hall remains open throughout the project.

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