We made a quick visit to Kalasatama to see how the construction of a new Helsinki neighborhood is coming along. Under construction until 2030, Kalasatama will eventually be home to approximately 20 000 residents and some 8 000 workspaces. Today only a relatively small cluster of apartment buildings was ready but the trip was really interesting nevertheless.
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Just visited the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, designed by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. What a beautiful place, definitely worth a visit!
We wish all of you a happy Midsummer! Enjoy the best time of the year!
We spotted this lush rooftop garden by Biolan at Kolmen Sepän Aukio in Helsinki. There appears to be a nice array of useful plants growing on small the roof of the kiosk. Wish there were more roof gardens like this in Finland. Do you know who will harvest the crop of this garden?
Lately our office has been a joy to work in as I got a Holmris XTable for my computer desk. When choosing a height adjustable table I did not want another plug-in gadget with an electric motor so I went with the manual crank adjustable XTable. The desk has been designed by a young Danish design firm KiBiSi. The designers have done a good job designing an elegantly minimalistic table that is also a joy to use. The height of the 160 x 80 cm (63″ x 31 ½”) desk can be adjusted between 63 and 120 cm (24 ¾” and 47 ¼”) by turning the crank. The crank is pleasantly light to turn even when the table is loaded with gadgets, laptops and whatnot. Some people have wondered if one would hit feet against the table legs when sitting, but due to the table legs being on the back side, this never […]
Helsinki Central Library hits the streets with six library bikes. The bikes will ride the streets of Helsinki on 13–14 of June from 10 am to 6 pm. Brilliant! “The library belongs where all people are, on the streets and in the alleys, wherever people get together, run their errands and live their lives. The Central Library is taking the skills, information and stories of a library to the people with the help of six bikes, and is inviting them to discover the new and exciting possibilities of doing things together.” –Keskustakirjasto.fi On the 14th of June the winner of the Helsinki Central Library architectural competition will be announced. Stay tuned! All images courtesy of Jonas Tana/ Helsinki City Library
Someone has installed these colorful scarecrows next to the rail tracks between Järvenpää and Kerava, close to the Kyrölä station. A brilliantly amusing piece that’s sure to wake up commuters. Anyone know who did this?
The Architectural League of New York teamed up with Pen World Voices Festival to bring the wonderful community movement Little Free Library to New York City. They chose ten designers to create one Little Free Library each in Manhattan. New York based Stereotank was selected to design a Library at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School on Prince Street in Nolita. The idea, as the name suggests, is to create small book trading posts for local people to share. Stereotank’s design consists of a plastic book exchange pod on top of a wooden frame. The pod has small peepholes that allow visitors to peek in and quickly check the current collection. Then they can duck and enter the library to browse the books and take, return or share a book. From inside, the visitor is still connected to the surroundings through the small holes. The installation will spice up Nolita until September 2013. We really enjoy […]