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The new Helsinki Central Library Oodi opened on 5th December 2018 opposite the Finnish Parliament in the Toolonlahti district. It sits beside the Helsinki Music Centre and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.

It is a stunning building flowing like a wave across the square.

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

Its 3 levels house a cafe, restaurant, public balcony, movie theatre, audio-visual recording studio and makerspace.

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

The open plan reading room, known as book heaven, takes up the entire top floor.

Oodi Helsinki

 

Oodi Helsinki

The residents of Helsinki are lucky to have such a beautiful space in the city.

Please take a look at the official site to see more.

http://www.oodihelsinki.fi

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I love discovering a new area (for me) in Helsinki. On my last trip to Helsinki I joined some friends who have just moved to the city to explore the area, Eira,  where their apartment is located.

We began our walk at St John’s church.

Helsinki

Join us for a wander past some stunning architecture.

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Helsinki

We stopped for a coffee at this great market called Moka.

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Helsinki

 

We pressed on…

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Helsinki

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Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

We ended our walk where we began.

Helsinki

Helsinki

The day was overcast and cool, but Helsinki still looked great. I will be back in Helsinki soon. I am hoping for snow.

 

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Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux is a free light festival that fills the city with brilliant light installations…what a great way to brighten up winter. This year it ran from 5th to 9th January between 5pm and 9pm.

The festival leads viewers from Kansalaistori square in the city centre to the Etu-Toolo district. The light festival turns iconic buildings into works of art. Huge media screens add to the stunning event.

Luckily for us, reporters Jodie and Allan were there to capture some of the installations to share with us.

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

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Helsinki Lux

What fun to trudge throught the snow to discover the next installation. I wish I had been there. Helsinki is a stunning city, full of exciting events.

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Amos Rex

Amos Rex is an art museum where the past, present and future meet.

In their own words…

“Amos Rex’s exhibition programme will extend from the newest, often experienced mental, contemporary art to 20th century Modernism and ancient cultures. The goal will be for the past, present and future to produce unique experiences and surprising encounters beneath and above the ground and on the screen.”

The museum is on the site of an old bus station. The above ground architecture is proving to be popular.

Amos Rex Helsink

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The exhibition rooms are underground. The entrance is impressive.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The first room of the exhibition is called Black Waves. Swirling waves dance before the viewer.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The next one is Graffiti Nature: Lost, Immersed and Reborn. The audience become part of the scene.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Next is Vortex of Light Particles.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

In the last of the  special effects rooms Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space. The audience is invited to stand for 4 minutes to listen and watch.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

There is a more traditional room with impressionist art, the collection  of Sigurd Fosterus. He admired and collected Colourism that emerged in Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The current exhibition opened on 30th August 2018 and will continue  until 6th January 2019.

Monday 11am – 6pm

Tuesday closed

Wdenesday and Thursday 11am – 8pm

Friday 11am – 6pm

Saturday 11am – 5pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm

 

General admission €18

Reduced price €12

Students under 30 €5

under 18 no charge

Amos Rex

Mannerheimintie 22 – 24

http://www.amosrex.fi

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Parliament House in the Toolo district of Helsinki is an impressive building.

Parliament House Helsinki

It is built in a combination of Neoclassical style and early 20th century  modernism. The exterior is constructed in red Kalvola granite. The facade has 14 columns with Corinthian capitals.

In 1923 there was a competition to choose the location for Parliament House. Arkadiamaki, a hill beside what is now Mannerheimintie, was chosen.

An architectural competition the following year chose the firm of Borg-Siren-Aberg to design the building. Sigfrid Siren Siren (1889 1961) was given the task. Parliament House was constructed between 1926 – 1931 and was inaugurated on March 7 1931.

Guided tours are arranged on Saturdays at 11.00 & 12.30. Sundays 12.00 & 13.30. In July and August also at 14.00 on weekdays.

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On Helsinki Day 40 seals, almost 7 feet tall, were placed in Senate Square to highlight the need to protect the Baltic Sea.

At the end of summer the seals will leave to square and take up residence around the city. In the meantime, they look wonderful in Senate Square…be sure to drop in to take a look if you are in Helsinki.

I think it is an excellent reminder to look after all our seas and oceans.

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A great way to get a birds’ eye view of Helsinki is to take a ride on the Skywheel beside the harbour.

Each gondola has 4 seats, air conditioning and a glass floor. The glass is slightly tinted to add privacy.

The tinted glass gives an interesting  colour to the surroundings, but the view is fabulous. The wheel turns 3 times in each ride.

The cost is €12 for an adult, €9 for children between 3 – 11. Children under 2 are free.

Mon – Thu….11.00 – 19.00

Fri…11.09 – 22.00

Sat…10.00 – 21.00

Sun…10.00 – 18.00

http://www.skywheel.fi

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