Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Wellu Hämäläinen

HELSINKI OLYMPIC STADIUM

K2S Architects + Architects NRT

CATEGORY
Stadiums

AREA
42000 m²

YEAR
2020

MANUFACTURERS
Adobe, Archicad, AutoCAD, Piiroinen, Rhinoceros

PHOTOGRAPHS
Tuomas Uusheimo ,Wellu Hämäläinen

LEAD ARCHITECTS
Kimmo Lintula (K2S Architects) & Kari Raimoranta (Architects NRT)

CLIENT
The Stadium Foundation

CONTRACTOR
City of Helsinki, Urban Environment Division

K2 S ARCHITECTS
Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen

K2 S ARCHITECTS DESIGN TEAM
Elina Koivisto, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Keiti Lige, Matias Manninen, Sasu Marila, Tommi Mauno, Mari Ollila, Ayako Osawa, Benjamin Schulman, Antti Soini, Anna Suominen, Tommi Terästö, Petri Ullakko, Nina Vauhkonen, Iiro Virta, Juho Vuolteenaho, Matti Wäre

ARCHITECTS NRT
Kari Raimoranta, Teemu Tuomi, Tom Lindholm, Juuso Hatakka, Emmi Jääskeläinen, Jouni Karttunen

ARCHITECTS NRT DESIGN TEAM
Tuula Olli, Taro Nieminen, Kristiina Suoniemi, Susanna Anttila, Heikki Ruoho, Valtteri Osara, Sini Valvisto, Pekka Huima, Arto Harjunpää, Tuula Hikipää, Eeva-Liisa Elo-Lehtinen, Heikki Saarinen

PROJECT MANAGER
Aulis Toivonen

STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Jaakko Yli-Säntti

CONSULTANTS
Pekka Lehtinen

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Ramboll Talotekniikka Oy

HVAC ENGINEERING
Ramboll Talotekniikka Oy, Hannu Martikainen

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
Asko Aalto, Mirva Koskinen

LANDSCAPE
Maisema-arkkitehtitoimisto Näkymä Oy, Yrjö Ala-Heikkilä

COLLABORATORS
Wessel de Jonge Architecten BNA B.V., White arkitekter KB, Akukon Oy, arkkitehdit MV Oy

Text description provided by architect.

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium is a building with significant national value.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Wellu Hämäläinen
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo

It is a combination of the pure functionalist architecture of the 1930s and the external appearance of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Wellu Hämäläinen

For many Finns, the stadium symbolizes the dawn of a new era for the young nation.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo

The stadium is a result of an open architectural competition held in the 1930s, won by architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti.

The stadium had to adapt to several new usages during the past 70 years after the Helsinki Olympics. As a result, the original pureness of the architecture had blurred through functional changes and additions.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo

The key objective was to ensure that the conservation and revitalizing of the stadium respond to all future requirements of international sports events as well as preserves the cultural values of the heritage.

The conservation respected and preserved the original 1930s and 1950s architecture. Through restorations, repairs, and modified reconstructions the stadium has gained new multi-purpose premises for the public and significant improvements in logistics.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Wellu Hämäläinen

The revitalized entity appears as a familiar and recognizable monument inhumane dimensions.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo

New entrances to the stands and the public galleries under the structures ensure the free flow for the public during the events.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo

The plastered facades and the visible concrete structures with the brickwork were restored to their original appearance.

The old bench rows were replaced with new individual seats and the new canopy covers the stands almost entirely.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Wellu Hämäläinen
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Wellu Hämäläinen

The stadium was extended with 20,000 square meters underground, including new multi-purpose premises and an indoor running track.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo

All the materials used in the project are directly attached to the history of the stadium. Timeless and durable solutions with white concrete, wood, and glass in the new premises merge into the existing parts of the stadium. Together they form the new refurbished Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
© Tuomas Uusheimo


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