Helsinki Olympic Stadium is a crown jewel of 1930s functionalist reinforced concrete architecture in Finland. The key objective of the project was to ensure that the conservation and revitalizing of the stadium preserves the cultural values of the heritage as well as responds to all future requirements of international sport events. In order to preserve the iconic form and respect the previous historic architectural layers of the stadium, the functions that did not easily fit the existing building frame were placed underground. The underground extension includes new multipurpose premises, sports facilities, logistical spaces, technical spaces and an indoor running track. In addition, the stadium had to undergo changes to improve public safety and comfort. New entrances to the stands and the public galleries under the structures ensure the free flow for the public during the events. A new canopy covers the stands almost entirely. The conservation respected and preserved the original 1930s and 1950s architecture.
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
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Authors: Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen (K2S Architects), Kari Raimoranta, Teemu Tuomi, Tom Lindholm, Juuso Hatakka, Emmi Jääskeläinen, Jouni Karttunen (Arkkitehdit NRT) With: White Architects and Wessel de Jonge Architecten BNA B.V.