Background

Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland, enchants with its unique year-round light phenomena, remarkable Arctic scenery and endless outdoor sport opportunities. Nestled in the pristine landscape near the Ylläs ski resort in Äkäslompolo, the private holiday home Villa Housu snuggles into its surroundings, evoking a timeless presence similar to a steadfast Arctic creature.

Client
Private

Location
Ylläs, Lapland

Area
120 m²

Year
2023

Partners
ARK Helsinki

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

Designed in close collaboration between Fyra and the architect Otso Virtanen of ARK Helsinki, Villa Housu is tailored to cater to the needs of an active outdoor family without compromising on design integrity. From the outset the dialogue between architecture and interior architecture has been a driving force of the design. Inside, the atmosphere exudes warmth and relaxation with minimalistic design choices.

Emphasizing both functionality and visuality, every element is thoughtfully intertwined to enhance the overall user experience. Storage areas for sports equipment blend into the cohesive layout, maintaining a sense of harmony throughout the rest of the space. Every nook of the premises is thoughtfully utilized to facilitate a seamless transition from daytime activities to cozy evenings in the living room.

Delivery

Finnish spruce dominates the entirety of the premises, with raw wood covering all surfaces except the bathrooms, where functionality necessitates harder materials. The extensive use of spruce not only emphasizes its essential benefits but also ensures a seamless integration with the surrounding environment. Custom-designed wooden furniture further enhances the villa’s unique character.

The building itself harmonizes with the arctic landscape, integrating the characteristics of traditional Finnish architecture into a contemporary setting. Despite being located within a new neighbourhood, strategically placed windows and openings offer glimpses of the natural scenery, fostering a sense of connection to the outdoors. The project’s ethos of soft minimalism coupled with functionality remains consistent throughout.

Team

Elisa Ryhänen-Derrett

Interior Architect
Designer

elisa.ryhanen-derrett@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 539 6900

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Otso Virtanen

Arkkitehtitoimisto ARK Helsinki

Hospitality Design

For us, functionality and clever visuality are intimately tied together. Our ambition in hospitality design has found its bodily form in numerous unique and thoughtful restaurants, bars and hotels.  

elegant dark green bar close-up shot
rounded sofa in a wall niche near elegant wall moldings, mild earthy colors. Kappeli resaurant in Helsinki

Crafting Memorable Experiences: Understanding the Guest Journey

Understanding the guest experience sets the base for our hospitality design process. We operate with a holistic approach that embraces the potential for spatial design to impact one’s wellbeing. Built environments have a great potential in producing happiness – spaces do, after all, work as an extension to our identity as individuals and communities.

The purpose of our work is to create ground-breaking forward leaning environments, where people want to belong and choose to be together. We aim to question the conventions as we transform spaces into visually rousing experiences.

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room in a Hotel Tripla, designed by Fyra

Tailored Solutions for Unique Needs: A Customized Design Process

The requirements of a space and its users are always unique, which is why our design is always customised to perfectly fit the specific needs. We believe in creating carefully thoughtful spaces emphasising on socially and environmentally responsible solutions.

We use various tools in our process from workshops to producing virtual realities in order to achieve our goals and to help our customers visualize the outcome. We create distinctive experiences that meet and go beyond both the needs and expectations of the guests as well as the service provider’s business requirements.

Background

Robusto, robust: strong; hardy; vigorous

The premises of the restaurant Robusto are steeped in a rich history: originally constructed as a cable factory with a unique floor plan circling the entire block, the space was later transformed into an exhibition space for The University of the Arts Helsinki. The restaurant’s design pays homage to its past, offering a gallery inspired ambiance with robust features and industrial surfaces.

Client
Robusto

Location
Helsinki

Area
412 m²

Year
2023

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

A new entrance on the Telakkakatu side of the building was designed to integrate Robusto into the vibrant and creative neighbourhood. The culinary vision of the restaurateur duo Kari “Kape” Aihinen and Olli Kolu is rooted in classic gastronomy, presenting a menu that captures the essence of different seasons with straightforward and authentic flavours.

Delivery

The expansive open kitchen serves as a stage for the culinary craft, complemented by a grand bar countertop situated by its side. The fusion of classical furniture and modern materials creates a distinctive atmosphere marked by interesting contrasts. Art takes centre stage within the premises, with the art collector Ari Tolppanen’s curated pieces paying homage to the building’s former exhibition use while composing a unique narrative that aligns with the establishment’s gritty yet classy aesthetic. The art collection was curated by Helsinki Contemporary’s Katja Räisänen.

The design boldly exposes and utilizes different factory-like features. The refined original floor, showcasing remnants of its industrial past, matches with the exposed technical ceiling and old stairs. The rough textures of these surfaces juxtapose with the carefully curated lighting, furniture, and art, creating an inviting and compelling dining experience together with the grand open kitchen.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Anu Latvala

Head of Concepts
Interior Architect

anu.latvala@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 501 6405

Sami Ourila

Interior Architect
Designer

sami.ourila@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 6789891

Silja Kantokorpi

Interior Architect
Designer

silja.kantokorpi@fyra.fi

+358 (0)44 031 0899

Background

Bathed in dark tones and interesting contrasts, the dimly illuminated interior draws inspiration from the distinctive aesthetic of the traditional British pub culture. Mystical and dramatic undertones find harmony with feminine softness in the finer details. In line with the signature style of culinary duo Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, The Rook exudes a relaxed atmosphere.

Client
The Rook

Location
Helsinki

Area
200 m²

Year
2023

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski & Jarno Jussila

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

Located within a historic building in the Punavuori neighbourhood of Helsinki, the ambiance of the restaurant is crafted from materials characterized by patina and grit. Bespoke designs by Fyra, including fixed furniture and table lamps, add original and distinctive tones to the premises. Preserving the historical essence of the building, the original spatial arrangement and architecturally fitting materials resonate throughout the space.

Delivery

The premises consists of a bar and a restaurant area, with an intriguing addition—a secret cabinet tucked away behind a hidden door fashioned as a turning bookshelf. The mix of materials and classic British racing green serve as symbolic representations of the restaurant’s concept.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Elisa Ryhänen-Derrett

Interior Architect
Designer

elisa.ryhanen-derrett@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 539 6900

Maija Leskelä

Interior Architect
Furniture Designer
M.A. (Cultural Anthropology)

maija.leskela@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 041 2322

Hotel Torni, standing tall with its thirteen stories, has stood as a prominent city landmark in Helsinki since its establishment in 1931. A significant transformation took place in 2018 when the hotel underwent an extensive renovation, Fyra taking charge of the interior design for the restaurant, bars, and reception area.

Client
Sokotel

Location
Helsinki

Area
1657 m²

Year
2022

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details
Hotel Torni design by Fyra, gorgeous flooring
Hotel Torni design by Fyra close up on furniture details

Background

Drawing inspiration from the iconic building’s rich history guided the forming of the design concept. The objective was to craft elements that are both unexpected and refined, while also paying homage to the building’s original architecture and historical significance. This endeavor has given rise to uniquely charming atmospheres within the bar and restaurant spaces.

The historical role of Torni as a gathering spot for numerous Finnish cultural influencers is echoed in the bohemian ambiance of the bars and restaurant. Running parallel to the renovation, an art project seamlessly integrated new artworks into Torni’s already impressive collection, blending diverse styles from various eras.

Hotel Torni design by Fyra, lounge area
Hotel Torni design by Fyra lounge area at the bar
Hotel Torni design by Fyra, bar

Strategy & Delivery

Located on the 13th floor of the hotel, accessible via a slender spiral staircase, rests the renowned Ateljee Bar. This establishment provides panoramic views in four distinct directions, granting a sweeping glimpse of Helsinki’s rooftops. As part of the renovation, the Ateljee Bar was expanded to the 12th floor’s cabinet area, now easily reachable via an elevator connection. This extension enhances the overall accessibility of the bar and augments its seating capacity.

In the design of the rooftop bar, materials were thoughtfully selected to complement rather than compete with the impressive views. The integration of mirrored surfaces was chosen to amplify these vistas, creating an environment where the surrounding scenery takes center stage.

Hotel Torni Design by Fyra, Ateljee Bar.
Hotel Torni Design by Fyra, Ateljee Bar.
Hotel Torni Design by Fyra, Ateljee Bar.

Located at the ground level of the building, the restaurant OR introduces a captivating fusion of diverse styles interwoven with bold use of colors to establish a bohemian ambiance that places art at the forefront. The restoration of the American Bar to its initial position beneath the central dome of the hotel stands as a prominent achievement, with the contours of the new bar counter mirroring the dome’s architecture. Adding to the bar’s dark and sophisticated allure are the exquisite lamps designed by Paavo Tynell.

Hotel torni design by Fyra, the restaurant OR
Hotel torni, design by Fyra, the restaurant OR
Hotel torni, design by Fyra, the restaurant OR, close up

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Emma Keränen

Hospitality Development Lead
Interior Architect

emma.keranen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 545 9992

Silja Kantokorpi

Interior Architect
Designer

silja.kantokorpi@fyra.fi

+358 (0)44 031 0899

Background

Finland’s first Radisson RED hotel opened its doors in the autumn of 2023, with Fyra being responsible for the implementation of the brand’s signature interior concept. Located in the corner of Kaisaniemi Park, the building by Anttinen Oiva Architects stands as a distinctive landmark.

Client
Sokotel

Location
Helsinki

Year
2023

Partners
Anttinen Oiva Architects

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

details of a modern restaurant

Fyra’s implementation of Radisson RED’s signature concept fuses the local Nordic ambience and bold architectural elements with the recognizable visual identity of the brand. Nestled on the fringe of the city center within a spacious park, the building’s expansive windows provide captivating views of the park and the city scape. The interior design choices strategically enhance the essence of the views with its subtle yet dark material palette.

Delivery

Leaving the rough concrete surfaces exposed contributes to an authentic and laid-back ambiance. Throughout the public spaces, a blend of raw surfaces and warm dark wood creates an inviting atmosphere. The lighting scheme plays a vital role in shaping the ambiance, especially in the multi-use restaurant that seamlessly transitions from breakfast to dinner. The design of the rooms carefully follows the Radisson RED’s concept, incorporating its colour scheme, surface materials and art.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Anu Latvala

Head of Concepts
Interior Architect

anu.latvala@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 501 6405

Jasmin Wegelius

Interior Architect
Designer

jasmin.wegelius@fyra.fi

+358 (0)400 426 926

Silja Kantokorpi

Interior Architect
Designer

silja.kantokorpi@fyra.fi

+358 (0)44 031 0899

Background

Nestled in the heart of Helsinki, Gina is a charming Italian bistro that transports diners to nostalgic Italy. Operated by Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, the new restaurant infuses a breath of fresh Southern European air into Helsinki’s culinary scene by serving traditional Italian delicacies with a contemporary twist.

Client
Bistro Gina

Location
Helsinki

Area
400 m²

Year
2023

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski & Jarno Jussila

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

The restaurant’s aesthetics create a laid-back and vibrant dining experience. The front section of the restaurant features a spacious but intimate bar, extending its welcoming atmosphere into the late-night hours. Throughout the space, sturdy pillars establish a strong rhythm, naturally dividing the restaurant into distinct sections and enhancing its functionality. The interior design seamlessly blends relaxed, natural surface materials with elegant, refined details.

Delivery

The expansive open kitchen offers customers a view of the cooking process, bringing the culinary craft right into the dining hall. Mirrored walls generate intriguing reflections, adding depth to the setting. The fixed furniture creates cozy corners for customers to enjoy dinner and drinks on their own privacy, while the gracefully flowy bespoke ceiling light fixtures infuse the space with a unique charm. This multi-layered ensemble elevates the dining experience, offering a blend of classic and modern aesthetics.

With the tasteful and intricate details complemented by warm hues of red and gracefully aging materials, Gina’s design delivers a distinctive and memorable visual concept.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Elisa Ryhänen-Derrett

Interior Architect
Designer

elisa.ryhanen-derrett@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 539 6900

Maija Leskelä

Interior Architect
Furniture Designer
M.A. (Cultural Anthropology)

maija.leskela@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 041 2322

Mimmu Hirvonen

Interior Architect SIO
Designer

mimmu.hirvonen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 4127214

Bardem is a modern cocktail bar in the heart of Helsinki. The restaurant Penélope gets a new neighbor:  Bardem, a cool and casual cocktail bar specializing in mixed drinks.

Client
Bardem

Location
Helsinki

Area
95 m²

Year
2019

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Background

When the restauranteurs behind Penélope, Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, decided to create a totally new concept in Helsinki, they turned to Fyra. And based on the visual identity created by Kallan & Co, we set out to create the perfect place for everything from celebrations to drinks after work. The result is Bardem – a totally unique bar that people love to visit and hate to leave.

Strategy & Delivery

The very first thing that needed doing was to transform the two-story space in Helsinki’s Epicenter building from a store into a restaurant, giving the surrounding offices, stores and other restaurants a classy yet not-at-all-uppity new neighbor. The idea was for the restaurant to literally center around a large bar featuring prominently-placed bottles.

The bar is meant to be an attention-grabber, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their own personal space. The dark ambiance and dim lighting provide protection from prying eyes. And the laidback vibe pulls guests in and provides a refuse from the hectic life of the outside world.

Bardem’s interior naturally combines the old with the new, creating a unique and laidback atmosphere. The recycled and reupholstered furniture and curtains create a soft and intimate acoustic environment throughout the entire space. Bardem is a modern-day speakeasy where nuances from the 80s all the way to today come together to create something totally new.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Emma Keränen

Hospitality Development Lead
Interior Architect

emma.keranen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 545 9992

Laura Järvinen

Interior Architect SIO
Designer

laura.jarvinen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 523 7187

Ravintola Kappeli

Located in the very heart of Helsinki, restaurant Kappeli has served as a meeting place for Finnish poets, writers, and artists since its opening in 1867. Taking inspiration from the building’s original architecture and placing an emphasis on its unique cultural history created the foundation for the renovations in 2021, for which Fyra was responsible for the interior design concept.

Client
HOK-Elanto

Location
Helsinki

Year
2022

Partners
Helsinki City Museum

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Background

rounded sofa in a wall niche near elegant wall moldings, mild earthy colors. Kappeli resaurant in Helsinki

The City Museum of Helsinki acted as a partner in the renovation of the protected property. During the process all the extra layers that had developed over time were removed and the space was adorned with a composed elegance that complemented its original character.

Delivery

Alongside fixed furniture a unique, quietly decorative Kappeli chair was designed to be used in both the restaurant and the café part of the premises. Art has played a pivotal role at Kappeli throughout its history. The emphasize the signifance of the unique art of Kappeli, the art pieces were repostioned during the renovation.

As well as emphasizing art, the lighting design sought to draw attention to the unique details of historic architecture. The restored Kappeli reflects the heritage and history of the property in a splendid, welcoming setting.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Anu Latvala

Head of Concepts
Interior Architect

anu.latvala@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 501 6405

Jasmin Wegelius

Interior Architect
Designer

jasmin.wegelius@fyra.fi

+358 (0)400 426 926

Silja Kantokorpi

Interior Architect
Designer

silja.kantokorpi@fyra.fi

+358 (0)44 031 0899

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki

Completed in 1952, the Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki is a landmark of the functionalist era. Fyra’s mission was to update the hotel venues but at the same time, preserve the atmosphere of the 50s and respect the original design.

Client
Sokotel

Location
Helsinki, Finland

Area
1492 m²

Year
2020

Partners
Helsinki City Museum

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Awards

Dezeen Awards 2021:
Short Stay Interior (longlisted)

Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2021:
Hotel (shortlisted)

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Background

During the decades, the building was both repaired and renovated, so the key function was to visually unify the different parts of the building. In the process, lobby areas, rooms, floor corridors as well as the 10th floor restaurant were renewed. The former 5th floor of the Sokos department store was transformed to new hotel rooms.

Strategy & Delivery

In the renovation of the hotel, as much as possible of the original was kept – for example doors and brass numbering were preserved and refurbished and the old armchairs were re-upholstered. Unity was also created by bringing similar bird reliefs to the rooms as in the lobby areas. The lobby reception desk was renovated and at the same time the original furniture and lamps were refurbished.

The 10th floor restaurant hall is a partially protected site with many culturally and historically valuable elements such as the original chandeliers designed by Paavo Tynell. As the key factor of the restaurant is the view over the center of Helsinki, the obstructions in front of the view were removed to open the landscape even more, and the terrace was completely renovated. The restaurant is designed to operate from morning to night by modifying the lighting and different types of furniture.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Niina Sihto

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
WP and Concepts

niina.sihto@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 508 0332

Tiina Närkki

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
WP and RE development

tiina.narkki@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 536 3530

Elisa Ryhänen-Derrett

Interior Architect
Designer

elisa.ryhanen-derrett@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 539 6900

Jasmin Wegelius

Interior Architect
Designer

jasmin.wegelius@fyra.fi

+358 (0)400 426 926

Merja Virkkunen

Architect
Principal Designer

merja.virkkunen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 515 3697