Helsinki Rising

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in Renovate! Reuse! Recycle!
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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.
    The Helsinki Central railway station was designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1909, and still serves as the city’s center of public transportation.
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  Alvar Aalto’s Finlandia Hall sits on Töölönlahti Bay, an area popular with the public for its scenic walking trails.
    Alvar Aalto’s Finlandia Hall sits on Töölönlahti Bay, an area popular with the public for its scenic walking trails.
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  Classics, like this Suomi White ceramic set by Timo Sarpaneva for Rosenthal, can be found at the Design Forum.
    Classics, like this Suomi White ceramic set by Timo Sarpaneva for Rosenthal, can be found at the Design Forum.
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  A passerby window shops at Artek, the furniture company founded by Aino and Alvar Aalto in 1935.
    A passerby window shops at Artek, the furniture company founded by Aino and Alvar Aalto in 1935.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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  The interior of the Kiasma focuses on the use of natural light.
    The interior of the Kiasma focuses on the use of natural light.
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  A trio of relaxed patrons cool off outside the Finnish Sauna Society, a traditional pastime every visitor must experience.
    A trio of relaxed patrons cool off outside the Finnish Sauna Society, a traditional pastime every visitor must experience.
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  The Kauppahalli marketplace offers an eclectic selection of local foods and personalities.
    The Kauppahalli marketplace offers an eclectic selection of local foods and personalities.
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