A Helsinki landmark property
KÄPYLÄ 87 IS A MODERN HELSINKI DESIGN CLASSIC. Passed daily by a constant stream of local and commuter traffic and by travelers on the main route to and from the international airport, the building feels like it has always been there.
The truth is different. Read about our history.
Today Käpylä 87 offers spaces for companies keen to grow their business and their brands in this iconic and historic landmark building.
A flexible work space
These images give an idea of how your office space could be designed. Each space will be customized to suit the individual needs of the tenant’s business and their employees. The available spaces can be combined to create a larger whole.
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Services offered by tenants
Fitness 24 Seven offers gym facilities round the clock, as well as organized excercise classes and personal training.
Mäkelänkadun Sauna is a large 300m2 sauna, relaxation and meeting space, ideal for formal or informal meetings, sauna evenings, and other celebrations.
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Käpylä 87 is a landmark office building located in Käpylä (Swedish: Kottby), a neighbourhood of Helsinki with 8100 inhabitants(2019). Käpylä is located between the residential areas of Kumpula, Oulunkylä and Koskela about five kilometers north of Helsinki city center and 16 kilometers from the airport.
Käpylä is well-known as the earliest example in Finland of the Garden City Movement featuring four-apartment wooden houses standing in their own gardens. Additionally, the Olympic Village built for the 1952 Summer Olympics and another village for the cancelled 1940 Summer Olympics are located in Käpylä, today these are residential apartment buildings.
The tram lines 1 and 1A as well as the Tusulanväylä freeway bus lines travel to Käpylä with stops just outside the property. Trains of the Helsinki commuter rail system stop at Käpylä railway station which is 1.4km or about 20mins by foot from the property.
Creating a design classic
In 1983 Amer Group, a conglomerate of consumer brands and industrial companies, was offered a plot on the corner of Mäkelänkatu and Koskelantie for its new corporate HQ.
From the outset there were significant design and construction challenges and demands from the city and the client.
For Amer Group there should be an open-minded approach to design, the building should be seen as modern, even in the future, yet at the same time timeless. While the interiors of the new building should be designed to fully comply with the operative demands of a modern office building.
For the city, the building should suit Kapyla’s original 1940’s “Functionalist planning” with its open building style, taking into consideration the scale of buildings and the size of the collected built infrastructure. The building should blend in with the surrounding buildings in respect of its main axial direction, height, materials and design language.
The plot was further challenging with uneven terrain and a low water table.
Meeting the challenges
In 1983, architect, Professor Helmer Stenros was engaged to meet these challenges. Aided by his wife, interior designer Pirkko Stenros, and leading construction and technical experts, over the next four years he designed and led the construction of the new building. Ground was broken in January 1985 and final approval from the city came in March that year.
According to architectural magazine “Projektilehti”, the design is based on “episode thinking”. It begins from the observer’s inner world of motion.
In the words of Professor Stenros.
“The design was strongly influenced by experience derived from the effect of motion. The site lies at the intersection of two busy major streets, Mäkelänkatu and Koskelantie. The leading corner of the site obliquely faces Mäkelänkatu as it approaches from the city centre, so that the site becomes the visual term of the street. The head office thus acquires the character of an important landmark. It is an urban design element, a gateway to Käpylä, and functions as a landmark to passersby, particularly for those on their way to the airport.
The building, while a largescale landmark, is important too for cyclists and pedestrians. Attention has been paid to space arrangements in the pedestrian environment, and to detailing of the ground and wall surfaces. The walled planted area, with its pools and fountains and benches, is stilled and slowed down in contrast to the rapid tempo of the street outside”
The facade blends in with those of the surrounding buildings in terms of colour and type of material. Several tests were carried out to determine which material would best withstand the effects of Finnish frosts and summer sunshine. The final choice of French, Savonnières Sandstone was made in collaboration with the city planning office and the building inspection office as it well suited the plastered facades of existing buildings. Today the facade has mellowed and aged well, giving the feeling the building has been there forever.
The building comes alive
On completion of the project the work supervisor of YIT-yhtyma Oy commented:
“Now that it is completed, all project participants must surely feel a sense of pride that they were able to take part in the creation of a building at once exceptional and unique in office architecture in our country.”
The building was formally opened on September 16th, 1987
As a journalist wrote excitedly at the time.
”The opening. Black cars in front of flickering tar candle lights. The Prime Minister, the Chairman of the board, 300 invited guests, the new occupants with roses with roses in their lapels…. – And gradually, as the guests filled the house, the space began to live its own life – as if it had never been designed and built, but always existed. – The night time lights came on… case closed. “