”Privata svenska flickskolan” building company bought up a plot in Töölö, at the corner of Apollonkatu 12 and Minervankatu 3, and in the autumn 1927 they released an architectural competition, which was won by architect Eva Kuhlefelt-Ekelund. In spring 1928, construction could be started and in september 1929 students could move in and schoolwork could begin. This beautiful, functionalist building is absolutely one of Töölö´s landmarks. The architect seemed to had had a very good eye for graphic design and typography also.
Töölö is a district which is famous for its functional architecture. This house, designed by Gunnar Nordström, was built in 1933 for the child care. Now it has been lovingly restored and is still one of the finest buildings in this area . Above the entrance, the typography is subtle and very well designed.
The Palace building has been selected as one of The Finnish masterpieces of modern architecture. The Palace Hotel was opened in 1952, the year of Helsinki Olympic Games. The building was designed by Viljo Revell and Keijo Petäjä and famous interior designers were such as Olli Borg, Antti Nurmesniemi and Olavi Hänninen. This modernist building hosted also the main offices of the Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers. I´m sure that everybody who lives in Helsinki recognise this beautiful neon sign on the roof of the Palace building.
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..
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.
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.