4.3.2024

Tasked with designing modern loft-style offices within a historic building, Fyra joins a real estate development project as a principal designer

Partnering with real estate developer Cobbleyard, Fyra is undertaking a mission as a principal designer to design functional and appealing office spaces in Konelabra, a historic redbrick property in Helsinki’s city center. Located at Eerikinkatu 32-36, this site was originally constructed in 1925 and 1933 for the University of Technology, boasting a rich heritage and unique character.

Now, as part of the Konelabra project, this space is being renovated into modern loft spaces, meticulously preserving its historical integrity while infusing it with modern features. Prioritizing sustainability, the renovation will preserve and improve the space, allowing it to continue thriving well beyond its 100 years of history.

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Real Estate Development

Complex interplay between the tangible and the intangible, between the practical and the idealistic, but always with respect to the past and an eye to the future.

Meritullitori colored facade illustration

Early Engagement for Effective Solutions: Understanding Property Owner Needs

We offer services from simple test fits to comprehensive development projects where the entire property can be transformed into new use. We aim to be involved from the beginning of the project, to best understand the needs of the property owner and the different possibilities of the space in question.

Our focus is to restore and preserve existing buildings, aiming to find the best functionalities and to make the life cycles longer by finding the best solutions for the property owners.

A spacious lobby of Perhekeskus
a wooden kitchen in a high open space, Perhekeskus

Providing Vision and Value: Maximizing Property Potential

With our in-house 3D designers, we produce high-quality digital twins of the properties that offer help in  managing property-related information. For the property owner we offer a strong vision, market distinctiveness and therefore a certainty of added value.

Backround

From Queen to Led Zeppelin, the iconic event space House of Culture, Kulttuuritalo, owned by Helsingin Kulttuurihub, has played host to a plethora of legendary performers throughout its years of operation. In the autumn of 2023, House of Culture underwent a comprehensive revitalization, overseen by Helsingin Kulttuurihub and the new venue and event operator ASM Global. Fyra was involved as the principal architectural designer, while JKMM Interiors worked as the interior designers. The project focused on refurbishing and enhancing the public areas of the epochal event hall originally designed by Alvar Aalto in 1958, a site designated for preservation under the Building Protection Act since 1989.

Client
Helsingin Kulttuurihub, ASM Finland

Location
Helsinki

Area
Aaltosali 1150 m², Alppisali 465 m²

Year
2024

Partners
JKMM Interiors

Photography
Hannu Rytky

Details

Strategy

The primary emphasis of the restoration and renovation efforts for the public areas has been on establishing a functional setting for events, all the while paying tribute to the cultural and historical significance of the protected building. Alongside the building, the scope of protection extends to its intended purpose – program and civic activities, for which operating conditions must be secured in the future. ASM Finland’s vision aimed to broaden the venue’s appeal, transcending traditional boundaries of genres. The strategy involved curating unique experiences and events, catering to diverse audiences from large-scale concerts and corporate gatherings to electronic club nights.

Delivery

The most significant and visible transformation work has been carried out in Alppisali, revitalizing the space that has stood dormant for years. Originally designed as a cinema and undergoing different renovations over years, Alppisali has been revived and is now operational as “Kult”, a black box type DJ and live music club accommodating over 300 patrons. The original brick foyer by Alvar Aalto and the entrance at the south end of the House of Culture, which has been out of use for years, were also integrated into the black box club. The clubbing will also expand into the underused Peilisali, a versatile and intimate event space.

The design process for the Kult club and other public areas was a collaborative effort involving Helsingin Kulttuurihub, ASM Finland, Fyra, and JKMM Interiors. Furthermore, Fyra, in its role as the principal designer, undertook the task of expanding the capacity of Aaltosali. This expansion enables the lower auditorium to function flexibly, accommodating both seated and standing audiences.

Team

Merja Virkkunen

Architect
Principal Designer

merja.virkkunen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 515 3697

Strategy & Delivery

Espoo Campus Family Centre

Espoo’s first family center Campus brings a wide range of services for families with children under one roof. Fyra was the principal designer for the project, aiming to transform the former industrial and office building from the 1980’s into a homely place with approachable coziness. Creating a safe feeling in a non institutional-like space was the cornerstone of this project, which incorporated the user group right from the start.

Client
City of Espoo

Location
Espoo

Year
2022

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Details

Team

Tiina Närkki

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
WP and RE development

tiina.narkki@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 536 3530

Jere Toivonen

Architect

jere.toivonen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 312 8617

Maija Leskelä

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

maija.leskela@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 041 2322

Merja Virkkunen

Architect
Principal Designer

merja.virkkunen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 515 3697

Background

Constructed in 1996, the Valimo Park building was originally designed to house a single company. The building was renovated in 2019 to suit the needs of a variety of users, with Fujitsu continuing to occupy the building as the main tenant. During the renovation, the entire office space was modernised with the old school cubicles being replaced with modern, hybrid work environment.

Client
Varma

Location
Helsinki

Area
10 000 m²

Year
2019

Partners
L Arkkitehdit

Photography
Sampsa Pärnänen

Details

Strategy & Delivery

Fyra was responsible for the concept design and the interior architecture of the common areas in the first and seventh floor. In addition to serving the users of the building, the first-floor common areas and services were designed to appeal to the surrounding community as well. The upper seventh floor of the building was converted into representative premises with new meeting rooms, collaborative areas and naturally a sauna.

Team

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

Merja Virkkunen

Architect
Principal Designer

merja.virkkunen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 515 3697

Heini Korpinen

Interior Architect
Designer

The palatial Erottaja Neo-Renaissance building – a landmark essential to Helsinki’s architectural heritage – will be converted into office spaces and restaurants in a renovation beginning in autumn 2019.

Client
Trevian

Location
Helsinki

Year
2019

Partners
DrumDynamo & Son Zoan

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Details

Background

Before the project, Trevian, a real estate investment and asset management company, put the marketing of the project out to tender. Interior Architects Fyra won the interior design bid. It was a cooperation project together with creative agency Dynamo & Son and PR agency Drum.

Strategy & Delivery

Fyra’s assignment was to portray how the Neo-Renaissance building from 1891 and the Art Nouveau space from 1905 can function as a modern working environment. That vision was then used in planning the advertisement material and site visits. Fyra designed a visual customer journey map in the premise and chose the spaces that were to be renovated and through which you can walk and experience the interior.

 

 

Fyra brought the space to life by creating a contrast to the opulent details and bold colours. Modern Finnish furniture and large carpets were used to soften, balance out and add a contemporary vibe to the premises. Fyra provided also the designs of the 3D images for the advertisement video. In the video, behind each door and in the courtyard, everything is Fyra’s handiwork. 3D models: Zoan

Team

Niina Sihto

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
WP and Concepts

niina.sihto@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 508 0332

Sara Koivisto

(on parental leave)
Interior Architect
Concept Designer

sara.koivisto@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 365 7219