Helsinki has become a metropolis! – Eliel Saarinen and Helsinki

The exhibition tells about the work of Architect Eliel Saarinen as a builder of independent Finland and pioneer of city planning. The work of Saarinen manifests in Helsinki in the vibrancy of the city and the architectural pearls. The city plans of, for example, Munkkiniemi–Haaga and Greater Helsinki have shaped the local identity and city structure of Helsinki for decades and well into the future. The exhibition produced by the City Planning Department of Helsinki is part of the Finland 100 centennial programme.

The exhibition presents Saarinen as a person and the imprint he left on Helsinki. The public can also view the unrealised plans of the architect. The exhibition items, displayed on two floors, can be examined with the help of exhibition boards, a large floor map and a timeline with all the buildings designed by Saarinen in Helsinki.

A brochure will also be published in connection with the exhibition that can be used to tour the design items of Saarinen in Helsinki during the summer. For the first time, the public will also have the opportunity to take a virtual walk in Munkkiniemi as designed by Saarinen that was never realised. In the spirit of Finland’s 100th anniversary, a 3D virtualisation of the 100-year-old Munkkiniemi–Haaga model built by Eliel Saarinen has been coded for the exhibition.

Diverse event offering from the summer to the autumn

The event information and times will be specified in spring 2017

Helsinki Day, Monday, 12 June 2017

Children can have their portrait taken in clothes from Saarinen’s era. In the evening, Eliel Saarinen can be seen in a play at Laituri. The play can also be seen before Midsummer, during the Night of the Arts and on one Saturday in August and September.

Exhibition guidance and bus tour to Hvitträsk, Saturday, 19 August 2017

Night of the Arts, Thursday, 24 August 2017

City Skyline workshop for families and Eliel Saarinen monologue (in Finnish)

Eliel Saarinen and Helsinki lecture series

A lecture series, in three sessions, presents, ponders and interprets the city visions and architecture of Eliel Saarinen in August–September 2017.

Helsinki has become a metropolis! exhibition guidance in September 2017

Instawalk: Saarinen’s Helsinki, Saturday, 9 September 2017

Metropolis Visions workshops for school groups

Schoolchildren get to design a metropolis in creative workshops in September 2017.

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