The granite Paasitorni fortress was originally built for the use of Helsinki labor movement. Now the block functions as a successful conference center. Paasitorni Hotel comprises of two existing buildings and a new wing hidden behind early 20-century and 1950s facades.
The geometry of the new wing is softly curving in order to allow flow of space and light. Facades are constructed of ivory white brick. On two sides of building the brick facade turns into brick ”lace” which functions as a filtering layer between the rooms and the inner court yard. During the night the new wing glows like a snow lantern.
In addition to the hotel new conference, restaurant and logistic spaces are added to the center. The existing buildings are renovated and in some areas reprogrammed. The design philosophy concentrates in respecting the listed buildings and in adding a unique contemporary layer of architecture inside the exiting framework.Location: Finland Architects: K2S Architects Ltd. | Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen Client: HWA Helsinki Workers Association User:
Helsinki Congress Paasitorni
Graniittiravintolat Restaurants Built area: 11400 m² (gross)
Design phase: 09/2008 – 01/2010 Construction phase: 02/2010 – 06/2012