HELSINKI WORLD DESIGN

CAPITAL PAVILION

Aalto University Wood Studio students:

Pyry-Pekka Kantonen, Markus Heinonen, Marko Hämäläinen, Janne Kivelä, Wilhelmiina Kosonen, and Inka Saini.

Kaartinkaupunki, Helsinki 2012

Photos: Tuomas Uusheimo, Inka Saini

The Pavilion, designed by our team from Aalto University Wood Studio, became the heart of the action for more than 100 summer days during the World Design Capital year 2012. Designed as an open space both literally and figuratively, it brought people together to find out about WDC, enjoy yoga, arts and culture, and exchange about the design heritage and future of the city.

”WDC Pavilion is a milestone in the resurging of timber construction in urban developments and construction.”
   
– President Sauli Niinistö, Pavilion opening speech 2012

The wooden pavilion represented architecture of a new era and top know-how of Finnish wood construction. The Pavilion was implemented jointly by Aalto University, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Design Museum, UPM, and World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. The program was coordinated by the think tank Demos Helsinki.

Wilhelmiina Kosonen and I, from the University of Art & Design, designed the layout for the kitchen/ cafe unit as well as the curtains, which

were made out of stainless steel mesh.

I designed the lighting for the pavilion in collaboration with iGuzzini.