Background

In today’s fast-paced landscape, securing top talent is crucial. The new Helsinki workplace of the auditing and consulting firm EY, reflects a vision of hospitality driven office. Fyra was chosen as EY’s partner to make a bold statement about EY’s culture and workplace mission to create a future-proof workplace that fosters team and cross-team collaboration and strengthens the sense of belonging in a hybrid working model.

Client
EY

Location
Helsinki

Area
6913 m²

Year
2023

Partners
Huttunen-Lipasti Architects

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Workplace Design

Details

Strategy

office lounge with light crème color furniture, wooden panels, black wall lights, a large plant on the left
A office entrance lounge with a high ceiling, brass pillars, crème color furniture, kitchen in the background, oak wall panels
a bright yellow sofa in front of a biophilic wall, modern office design
custom made seating furniture with a tree planted in the middle, oak surfaces, burgundy armchairs

Fyra was given a challenge to create a first-class employee experience through flexible spatial solutions, cutting-edge technology, and bringing a focus on well-being and sustainability as primary drivers. The workplace, comprising two existing buildings from 50’s and 60’s merged with two newly constructed floors, underwent a comprehensive, two-year renovation. This transformation was driven by a commitment to enhance the employee, client, and brand experience, while understanding the character and the heritage of the buildings. The design principles including sustainability, timeless and future-proof solutions, along with social input, aligned seamlessly with EY’s vision for an exceptional employee experience. The premises’ design integrates layers and diversity by merging classical elements with modern details, creating an inviting and easily approachable environment that align with the organic spread of the culture.

elegant white spiral staircase in front of a wooden bench with light upholstery and small side tables, modern office design

Hospitality Driven Workplace

meeting room table and chairs, dark green armchairs in front, modern office design photo
striped meeting room chairs around a wooden table, close-up shot, lady working in the background, modern office design
curved wooden seating office bench with light upholstered seating pillows, mounted round tables

Accommodating approximately 900 workers, the new workplace adopted a hospitality-driven workplace concept. The service concept aimed to elevate the ordinary workday by providing amenities such as a gym, lunch and breakfast services, barista-made coffees, and postal services. The visual design concept embodies the comfort and warmth synonymous with the hospitality industry, diverging from the typical corporate office aesthetic we are accustomed to. Activities promoting well-being were integral to the employee experience. Embracing innovative work practices and full flexibility, the office strives to be an inviting space, shaping the desired working world of the future. Leveraging modern technology, the entire space can be navigated using a smart office tool that assists in wayfinding and locating suitable work set-ups and team members.

open office for flexible work, different furniture arrangements, light carpet, two-colored curtains
rounded shelve, custom made furniture, wooden, light carpet, modern office design
close up of an artek stool and a table
curved office bench wooden sofa, round table, custom made office furniture
modern office design, pale pink vitra sofas, oak side tables, armchairs with chromed frame

Sustainability

The visual design concept embodies the comfort and warmth synonymous with the hospitality industry, diverging from the typical corporate office aesthetic people are accustomed to. Sustainable design principles guided the planning process, with a commitment to circular economy practices. Reuse of existing materials, upcycling, and low-carbon material choices contributed to sustainability goals. Product decisions underwent testing in the Test Lab with EY personnel before reaching finalization, ensuring optimal outcomes, and contributing to the sustainability of the new premises. The preservation of architectural elements, such as the stone floors and glass walls, respected the building’s heritage.

black and white striped sofa, square tables, artek black stools, colorful carpet, modern office design
black and white striped sofa in and office space, black stools, light carpet, cozy atmosphere
close-up shot wooden custom made high tables, bar height working chair, striped black and white upholstery, two-colored curtain, modern office

The building itself was granted the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certificate, necessitating a corresponding commitment to sustainability in its interior components. Opting to retain the existing building frame was a deliberate and sustainable choice aimed at reducing carbon emissions typically associated with construction. The total carbon footprint of the interior design was counted by EY. Meticulous attention was given to material selection and recycling practices. Additionally, a new garden atrium with biophilic green walls was integrated into the space, repurposing the old atrium yard effectively. In the final outcome, Fyra successfully crafted a space strongly reminiscent of EY by actively engaging users in every phase of the project.

modern wine storage room, round oak table and two elegant bar black chair in front
wooden counter, light grey office sofa in the background, lady seating, rounded side table,

Team

Niina Sihto

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
WP and Concepts

niina.sihto@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 508 0332

Jenni Suurhasko

Interior Architect
WP Consultant

Laura Järvinen

Interior Architect SIO
Designer

laura.jarvinen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 523 7187

Mirkka Ylikauppila

Designer
Workplace Specialist

mirkka.ylikauppila@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 751 7593

Niina Ojutkangas

Head of Insight &
Workplace Development
Interior Architect

niina.ojutkangas@fyra.fi

+358 (0)45 224 1014

Otto Kaipio

Interior Architect
Designer

otto.kaipio@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 9197264