Finland’s first art hotel will be built in Jätkäsaari, a rapidly growing residential district by the West Harbor in Helsinki. Art Hotel Helsinki provides a meeting point in an area where abundant passenger traffic from St. Petersburg and Tallinn lend a distinctly international vibe.
The new hotel will be a combination of hotel and art gallery, forming a new type of centrally located urban space, where residents and visitors can enjoy art and a mix of activities.
Conceptually, the façade of the hotel draws inspiration from Salon de Paris in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In its early stages, the Salon acted as an audit for what art was being made at one place at one time. In effect, the façade of Art Hotel Helsinki acts as an inverted Salon, where an array of Finnish contemporary art if visible from inside the hotel rooms. Fragments of art pieces connect the hotel rooms and make every room an individual piece of art.
20 rooms out of 80 will be designed by the most well-known Finnish contemporary artists such as Jan-Erik Andersson, Lauri Astala, Liisa Hietanen, Martti Jämsä, Pekka Jylhä, Jouko Korkeasaari, Mika Kaurismäki, Tuula Lehtinen, Rosa Liksom, Stefan Lindfors, Heikki Marila, Silja Puranen, Kim Simonsson, Jani Tolin and Anu Tuominen.
Art Hotel Helsinki represents a new hotel typology, where a multiplicity of cultures, social and economic dimensions cross paths and support a new, developing urban culture.
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