Category: Kluuvi


Handelsgillet is a traditional private gentlemen ’s club , and the oldest of its kind in Finland . Club apartment has been located in the same spot at Kasarminkatu 23 since 1926. The house was built in 1918 and designed by architects von Essen, Kallio & Ikäläinen. These bold, golden letters are still very stylish.



Karl Fazer Café

Karl Fazer Café is a modern classic café where the entire history of Fazer started in 1891. It´s the flagship café for the mighty chocolate empire and it´s an ideal place to buy Fazer confectionery, fresh breads and cakes. Karl Fazer Café is located in Helsinki on Kluuvikatu street.

Karl Fazer Café and this impressive chrome sign from 20´s above the entrance are familiar for everybody in Helsinki. The building was designed by Gösta Juslén.

Karl Fazer Café

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Bio Rex

Lasipalatsi, designed by three young architects Viljo Revell, Heimo Riihimäki and Niilo Kokko was built in 1936. Bio Rex, situated in this functional building,  is one of the oldest movie theaters in Finland. This original neon sign is absolutely one of the eye-catchers in Helsinki.


Central Railway Station

The Central Railway Station in Helsinki is the most significant national romantic styled building in Finland. It was designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1909 and the station was opened in 1919. It is mostly clad in Finnish granite, and its distinguishing features are its clock tower and the two pairs of statues holding the spherical lamps on either side of the main entrance. These “Lyhdynkantajat” statues were designed in 1914 by sculptor Emil Wikström. The railway station has been renovated occasionally. In the 1960s the underground Asematunneli tunnel was built and looks like the neon signs are from that period, too.



Newly formed life insurance company Salama bought the corner plot at the Aleksanterinkatu 15 in 1911 and built their red granite headquarters in 1914. Beautiful building was designed by Onni Tarjanne and maybe he was responsible for the typeface also.



Havanna-aitta was founded in 1911 by danish businessman Christian Christensen. After him, Lindblom family ran the store in three generations. Nowadays Mårten Kranck owns this store at Pohjola -building, Aleksanterinkatu 44. Small windows are adorned with classic tobacco ads for an estimated 20 century.



Porthania is the City Centre Campus of the University of Helsinki, which is located in the Kluuvi district Moose Quarter at Yliopistonkatu 3. Porthania is designed by famous architect Aarne Ervi in 1957. Ervi had previously worked as assistant to Alvar Aalto, and in Porthania you can see some reflections of Aalto’s work.