Helsinki – Europe’s finest art nouveau city
Come and explore the art nouveau architecture of Helsinki!
Helsinki does not pale in comparison to any of the art nouveau centres in Europe. Part of the charm in this city on the Baltic Sea comes from entire districts reflecting art nouveau style in their architecture. Every so often, you will encounter peculiar roof shapes, medieval-looking towers, facades of natural stone adorned by the most imaginative ornamental details, charming windows and doorways on the streets of Helsinki. Art nouveau was much more than just a joyous architectural style. It was an international breakthrough that brought new thinking to the world of architecture.
For summer 2019, Helsinki City Museum has produced a practical guide to the city’s architecture highlighting the most interesting milieus and pieces of art nouveau architecture in Helsinki. The art nouveau architecture guide, available in Finnish and English, can be bought at the museum gift shop.
You can learn more about art nouveau in Helsinki at an event organised by the Helsinki City Museum at 5 pm on Tuesday 27 August 2019.
5–5:45 pm Lecture: Helsinki – Euroopan hienoin jugendkaupunki (‘Helsinki – Europe’s finest art nouveau city’) Researcher Petteri Kummala, Helsinki City Museum.
6–7:30 pm Art nouveau walking tour in Katajanokka. The tour is free but requires pre-registration. Limited availability. THE TOUR IS FULLY BOOKED!
Researcher Petteri Kummala focuses on individual architects and buildings to shed light on various architectural approaches, from international influence and romantic nationalism to bursts of creativity and restrained, practical solutions. When combined, these approaches made art nouveau a unique phenomenon in Helsinki, even on a global scale.
An art nouveau walking tour in Katajanokka will take place after the lecture. The tour starts at the information desk of Helsinki City Museum (Aleksanterinkatu 16) at 6 pm and ends at the end of Luotsikatu. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
The registration is binding. A confirmation of the registration will not be sent. Cancellations and inquiries via email to email@example.com or by calling +358 (0)40 480 5969. Any available spots will be filled at the starting location in order of arrival.