CLIENT: Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

DATE: 2017

LOCATION: Lönnrotinkatu 18, Helsinki

Lönnrotinkatu 18 is a unique and fully modernised loft-style office property in the heart of Helsinki, owned by Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company. The building was completed in 1939 and has undergone many alterations over the years.

The building was renovated from top to bottom according to PES-Architects’ design. The interior was converted into modern, multi-functional office spaces while retaining the personality of the original functionalist building. Exposed brick walls bring warmth and character to spaces. The property offers high-class premises for a variety of uses; present tenants include start-ups, publishing companies and IT firms. PES-Architects also designed most of the interiors for the new tenants.

Two new restaurant premises were built on the street level, and the courtyard features a summer terrace seating 50.

One of the tenants is MaaS Global, creator of mobility app Whim, for which PES-Architects designed a cosy and relaxed office. The colour scheme was defined by the company brand, and the client requested the use of Finnish and Scandinavian furnishing. The lounge was designed to be unconventional, playful and youthful, with beanbags and stools for seats.

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