approx. 1 500 sqm
Located in St. Petersburg, the partly preserved Finland House needed an update. The goal was to create spaces that could be utilized more fully, to encourage cultural and economic cooperation. The outdated, gloomy spaces did not reflect Finland nor did they serve the needs of those using them. The international project required firm cooperation with both domestic and Russian partners.
Finland House was transformed into a welcoming space for Finnish organizations. The harmonious interior design concept is a combination of Finnish design elements and the architecture in St. Petersburg. The calm blue was complemented with pastel colors and brass details found in buildings in St. Petersburg. Black was used as a contrast for the wooden surfaces and light tones.
The focus of the design was on improving the interior design elements. Wood was used as the main material to bring brightness into the space. The light oak flooring and wooden wall panels create a more homey, earthy feel. Some of the furniture and lighting fixtures were selected from Finnish brands.
Overall, the color and furniture choices clarify the functionality of the different spaces. The renewed spaces can now be used in a more versatile manner. The lounge and lobby area encourages informal encounters and can also be used for working. As for more focused work, separate working rooms and meeting rooms were included in the design. Events and larger gatherings can be held in the modifiable banquet hall.