Helsinki Rising

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February 26, 2009

Brian Keaney of TonfiskDesign may be Irish, but his Finnish is flawless; he guides us through icecold Helsinki’s hot spots.

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  The Helsinki Central railway station was designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1909, and still serves as the city’s center of public transportation.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The Helsinki Central railway station was designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1909, and still serves as the city’s center of public transportation.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Alvar Aalto’s Finlandia Hall sits on Töölönlahti Bay, an area popular with the public for its scenic walking trails.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Alvar Aalto’s Finlandia Hall sits on Töölönlahti Bay, an area popular with the public for its scenic walking trails.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Classics, like this Suomi White ceramic set by Timo Sarpaneva for Rosenthal, can be found at the Design Forum.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Classics, like this Suomi White ceramic set by Timo Sarpaneva for Rosenthal, can be found at the Design Forum.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  A passerby window shops at Artek, the furniture company founded by Aino and Alvar Aalto in 1935.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    A passerby window shops at Artek, the furniture company founded by Aino and Alvar Aalto in 1935.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The 1969 Temppeliaukion Kirkko, or Rock Church as it is known, is one of the most popular places to visit in Helsinki. The dramatic interior space was created from a solid granite outcropping, and is often used as a concert hall because of its superior acoustics.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The 1969 Temppeliaukion Kirkko, or Rock Church as it is known, is one of the most popular places to visit in Helsinki. The dramatic interior space was created from a solid granite outcropping, and is often used as a concert hall because of its superior acoustics.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The Kiasma, which opened in 1998, is Helsinki’s contemporary art museum. Designed by Steven Holl, the building’s scale is based on the dimensions of the human body.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The Kiasma, which opened in 1998, is Helsinki’s contemporary art museum. Designed by Steven Holl, the building’s scale is based on the dimensions of the human body.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The interior of the Kiasma focuses on the use of natural light.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The interior of the Kiasma focuses on the use of natural light.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  A trio of relaxed patrons cool off outside the Finnish Sauna Society, a traditional pastime every visitor must experience.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    A trio of relaxed patrons cool off outside the Finnish Sauna Society, a traditional pastime every visitor must experience.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The Kauppahalli marketplace offers an eclectic selection of local foods and personalities.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The Kauppahalli marketplace offers an eclectic selection of local foods and personalities.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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