Art, design and architecture from Finland are making waves internationally. Famous architect Alvar Aalto, alongside new trailblazers from fashion to furniture design, are putting Finland on the map. However, the culture scene is still a hidden gem. Finland has over 300 museums, some of the most interesting new architecture in Northern Europe and numerous festivals.
Helsinki is one of the most interesting Nordic architectural capitals with an influx of wooden-themed architecture. The city’s most iconic projects, like the Helsinki Cathedral and the sauna Löyly, have been recognised and featured in global publications.
The museum in Helsinki is a meeting place for art and urban culture. Its structure is built with large concrete domes allowing long column-free spans and flexible exhibition spaces. The domes contain skylights that introduce natural light into the galleries below as well as views of life above.
The interior walls of Temppeliaukio church are created naturally by the rock. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts. The church was designed by architects and brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969.
Helsinki Design Museum
The Helsinki Design Museum is internationally recognised as a specialist museum of Finnish design. The museum researches, collects, stores and documents design, whilst displaying in Finland and touring exhibitions.
The Helsinki Cathedral is the stage of national and academic festive services and a popular tourist sight in the city. The church is part of Helsinki's Empire era with sculptures of the twelve apostles guarding the city from the roof of the church.
Helsinki Design District
Helsinki’s Design District is a vibrant hub of creativity in the very heart of the city. When you arrive in the Finnish capital, you are greeted by design at every turn with the Design District spanning several downtown neighbourhoods.
Helsinki has long been recognised as a city of design. The city's legacy can be seen in the many projects it has inspired, from the Culture Sauna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence to the Helsinki University Library and the Oodi Library.