The visitor can, through a large glass wall, immediately from the entrance court see the most important process of the complex, the roasting itself.
Paulig Roastery and Headquarters, 2009
Paulig Group’s coffee company, Gustav Paulig Ltd, is Finland’s leading company in the coffee business. In Paulig’s coffee roastery project, production facilities and offices were combined in one building. The exterior architecture reflects the different functions of the complex. The main facade material is dark brown corten steel, resembling the colour of roasted coffee beans. Big glass surfaces and light-coloured aluminium sheets are being used in the office and roastery wings.
The visitor can immediately from the entrance court see the most important process of the complex: the roasting itself. Also inside the building, transparency and natural daylight is an important element in designing a pleasant working environment in the production spaces as well as offices. Open plan and views to working spaces of other groups enable better communication between employees.
The Paulig Coffee Roastery won the Finnish Steel Construction Prize in 2009.
Arabia Gallery and public library, Helsinki 2002
The industrial town block of Arabia is one of the largest building entities in Helsinki. The Arabia porcelain mill was built in several stages, starting in the 1870s.
The implementation of the Arabia Gallery is based on the winning entry of a competition arranged in 1998.
The core space of Arabia Gallery is the new tall and narrow gallery, which with its glass walls and roof splits the entire block.
The main gallery level contains the factory shop of Arabia, facilities for art and design businesses as well as a lobby cafeteria. The three upper floors contain mainly office facilities.
ﾠLarge glass roofed internal courtyards contain exhibition spaces and the mediatheque of the Aralis library centre, and can also be accessed from the gallery.
The renovated facilities deliberately show traces of the earlier construction stages, with the different stages visible in many places.
Fennia Headquarters, 2008
The Fennia headquarters is centrally located in Pasila, next to the headquarters of the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. The building complex consists of two office buildings, both of five stories and two underground levels. They share an entrance hall between them. The high glass-walled courtyard is the spatial and functional heart of both buildings. Fennia headquarters has, among other things, a staff restaurant, versatile conference rooms and exhibition spaces. On the top floor there is also a gym and sauna for employees to work out and relax in. Materials used in the facades are glass, aluminium and green glazed ceramic tiles.
Fennia headquarters is designed to suit businesses’ needs. Its spatial solutions are characterized by flexibility and adaptability. The office floors can easily be divided into many different office spaces. Perceptive layout solutions maximize the amount of natural light in the working environments.