Category: Kamppi

Otava Publishing Company Ltd.

Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava/Otava Publishing Company Ltd. was founded in 1890 by Hannes Gebhard and Eliel Aspelin-Haapkylä to publish Finnish national literature. Now it publish over 500 titles a year; fiction, non-fiction, children books, school books etc. Beautiful, art-nouveau Otava headquarters building in central Helsinki, designed by Karl Lindahl and Walter Thomé was built in 1905. In the darkest night-time you can also see this blue neonlight shining like a stars over Uudenmaankatu…



Bio Rex

This is one of my favorite neonsigns in Helsinki. Lasipalatsi, ”The Glass Palace” is a functionalist office building designed in the 1930s, located at Mannerheimintie 22, Kamppi district of Helsinki. An earlier building at the same location was the Turku barracks, which was destroyed in the Finnish Civil War in 1918. Lasipalatsi, designed by three young architects Viljo Revell, Heimo Riihimäki and Niilo Kokko was built on the same site in 1936. Bio Rex is one of the oldest movie theaters in Finland.



Kalevankatu 15

Renaissance Revival or Neo-Renaissance architecture is an designation that covers many 19th century architectural revival styles which were neither Grecian nor Gothic but drew inspiration from a wide range of Italian architectural modes. This beautiful house at Kalevankatu 15, designed by Grahn Hedman & Wasatjerna 1898 represents a neo-renaissance architecture at its best..


Kalevankatu 15, Helsinki


The traditional food market hall of Hietalahti was opened in 1903. The market hall, with its 116 wooden shops, was designed by architect Selim A. Lindqvist, who was one of the most famous Finnish architect of that time. You can find these beautiful Kauppahalli – Saluhall ”jugendstil” signs made of concrete above the entrances.


Lönnrotinkatu 34, Helsinki

Torni/American Bar

You can find these great stone mosaic letters in front of the entrance of Hotel Torni´s American Bar at Kalevankatu 5. The historic hotel was designed by architects Jung & Jung, and opened in 1931. At that time it was the tallest building in Finland.



This house architect Heikki Kaartinen had a good sense of style and typography. This Art Nouveau house at Annankatu 29, was built for the Friend of Sobriety in 1907. Every time I walk past this house, I admire the stylish name of Walistus on the wall.


Yrjönkatu 28

This striking signage, made of bricks, is absolutely one of my favourites in Helsinki.  This beautiful art nouveau house number 28 at Yrjönkatu was designed by architect Georg Wasastjerna in 1903. During the summer months you can find a cozy open terrace restaurant in this house.


Eerikinkatu 10

Architect Jalmari Peltonen was a very productive and designed to Helsinki a total of 40 apartment buildings, the majority of these to Töölö. This straight-line, functionalist house at Kamppi area was built in 1928. On the front of the house still has the original glass signage with classic serif typography.


Eerikinkatu 4

Theodor Höijer was a leading Finnish architect. His productions are mainly represented by Neo-Renaissance style and are located largely in Helsinki. He designed the city of dozens of houses and industrial buildings, many of them torn down 1950-1960’s. One of the beautiful preserved building located at Eerikinkatu 4 and  this photo shows detail of the decorative house number.