Our competition entry ‘Hermes’ won the invited competition for the extension for the iconic Helsinki Central Railway Station by Eliel Saarinen. The new building is part of the hotel development that turns the administrative building of the railway station into one of the largest hotel in Finland.
The New Railway Station Hotel provides a multidimensional framework for visitors to engage with the nation’s most valuable architecture heritage and a contemporary hotel experience. The railway station hotel project consists of the restoration and adaptive reuse of administrative buildings of Finnish State Railways VR and the contemporary addition that completes the stations north end.
The Helsinki Central Railway Station and its administrative buildings are among Eliel Saarinen’s most important achievements. It is a very carefully preserved example of Saarinen’s quiet, “rational” nationalism. The station was completed in 1919 and it became strong part of the rising Finnish identity. In 2013, the BBC listed Saarinen’s railway station among the ten most beautiful railway stations in the world.
The vision of the new design is to create a contemporary hotel experience while taking care of one of the most highly valued piece of architecture. The new hotel building will transfer the dignity and refined details and materials of the Station’s façade to the edges of Kaisaniemi Park. The northern façade will become one of the main facades of the Station.
Hermes is blurring the boundaries between new and old architecture and to creating a stylistic symbiosis. By interpreting Eliel Saarinen’s architecture boldly from a totally new perspective, we’re creating contemporary architecture, that makes both the old and the new elements interesting. The plan honours the logic of the original Station: for example, the layout of the new building follows Eliel Saarinen’s principle of an indented façade and leaves the ends of the original building in plain sight.
The new construction will house 120 rooms with a total surface area of approximately 4,000 m². The entire development will have approximately 27,000 m² and 500 rooms. Once completed in 2021, it will be one of the largest hotels in Finland.
Type: Invited Competition, 1st Prize
Client: Exilion Management Oy and Scandic Hotels Oy
Team: Auvo Lindroos, Teemu Seppänen, Iikka Airas, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Veikka Entelä, Patrick Perämäki, Fanni Suvila, Tiina Teräs
Collaborators: Chief design: Soini & Horto Architects, Architectural design (Restoration part) Soini & Horto Architects, Interior design: Puroplan, Structural Engineering (Competition phase): Wise Group Finland Oy, Structural Engineering: A-Insinöörit Oy, Mechanical engineering: Granlund, Geoengineering: Pohjatekniikka, Electrical engineering: Rejlers, Akustical design: Akukon, Leed consulting: GBP, Fire consulting: Paloff,
Contractor: NCC Suomi Oy
Year: 2017, completion 2020