Futudesign Wins Competition to Transform Saarinen’s Railway Station Into Hotel

Courtesy of Futudesign Courtesy of Futudesign Finland based Futudesign has been announced as the winner of a competition which invited firms to repurpose part of the Helsinki Central Railway Station. The design, which will transform the station’s underutilized eastern wing into a hotel, both reinterprets and modernizes Eliel Saarinen's original architectural intent.

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At the time of the train station’s completion in 1914, Saarinen’s designs were referencing the stylistic transformation he was experiencing at this particular moment in his career- from a national romantic zeitgeist to that of one being influenced by the Arts & Crafts style and the Vienna Secession movement. This new extension is a continuation and reinterpretation of the courtyard’s formal logic.

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By pushing back the façade, the two ends of the original building will be exposed, providing a clear separation for the hotel intervention and the train station. The hotel will fill in the

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between the two existing buildings and create a new courtyard space with a curved facade as a result. The exterior materials will also pay homage to Saarinen’s design by creating a “subtle dialogue between the old and the new."

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The lower level, designed with tall arched windows which reference Saarinen’s original station, will contain a variety of public spaces for train station passengers to quickly grab a cup of coffee or work in a quiet space. Each hotel room will take on its own distinctive form which is connected through a large central corridor that runs through the building and allows for views into the courtyard and a large atrium at the center allows for natural light to filter through the building. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

  • Architects: Futudesign
  • Location: Kaivokatu 1, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • Lead Architects: Auvo Lindroos, Teemu Seppänen, Iikka Airas, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Veikka Entelä, Patrick Perämäki, Fanni Suvila, Tiina Teräs
  • Structural Engineer: Jukka Ala-Ojala, Topi Valtonen, Wise Group Finland Oy
  • Area: 4200.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
News via: Futudesign.
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