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Renewed Helsinki Olympic Stadium Opened

Infra News - Published on Fri, 11 Sep 2020

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium’s history has been marked with many great moments. It has brought people together, uplifted post-war Finland’s self-esteem and helped to make Helsinki an attractive place to visit, also by international standards. It is a masterpiece of functionalist architecture, and much more; the renewed and refurbished Stadium now has an even larger offer of feelings to share and experiences to gain. The Stadium now reopened after an extensive refurbishment and renewal project. The work has been done respecting the original architecture, making sustainable choices and fostering the old, genuine and warm atmosphere. To meet the requirements of today’s national and international events and to serve the Helsinki inhabitants and visitors more comprehensively all year round, the Stadium has been extended by adding a level of underground facilities. The stellar example of Finnish functionalist style combined with the modern functionalities provides the varied events with a venue for all-around experiences. The refreshed Stadium is also an open meeting point for locals and tourists alike, not only during the events.

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium is a building of significant national relevance. For many, the pure functionalist architecture of the 1930s, combined with the external appearance of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, symbolises the dawn of a new era for the young nation. With the epithet of being the most beautiful Olympic Stadium in the world, the arena is a result of an architectural competition held in the 1930s, won by the architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti who submitted a proposal in pure functionalist style.

The appearance of the refurbished Stadium is refreshed. The external architecture of the year 2020 combines the restored 1930s concrete architecture, the renovated parts of the 1950s as well as the new North stadium square with its food & beverage kiosks in concrete. The durable and functional architecture of the novel parts offers life-enriching experiences. The whole constituted by the various elements is a familiar and recognisable monument in human dimensions.

The architectural design of the renovated Olympic Stadium: the consortium K2S and NRT in cooperation with the Swedish Architects White Architects and the Dutch Wessel de Jonge.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 11 Sep 2020
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