Helsinki is one of those remarkable cities, where you see Finnish modernism at every corner. Whether it be, the cultural influence, the iconic architecture, or the lavish cloaking lifestyle that has turned the city into a paradise. Speaking of architecture, Finlandia Hall is the only iconic landmark of Helsinki that allows one to experience a rare optical illusion. This multipurpose venue was built, by Alvar Aalto in the nineteenth century. (Completed in 1971) And it features a great selection of towering sections, elaborate designs and sloping roofs. I think Finlandia Hall stands out because each of its element, was personally designed by Alvar Aalto. The love and effort shows.
Although the most fascinating aspect, of Finlandia Hall, is its architectural design based on optical illusion. Alvar Aalto took his passion for architecture, on another level, when he chose to experiment with optical illusion blueprint at an early stage. With regards to Finlandia Hall, he designed this effect by placing black trapezium over white marble surface, to fit the rising tower. What this placement, actually does is, that it makes the National Museum building on the other side, appear to rise upwards. A mega ‘mind-blowing’ show that you can watch from the edge of Finlandia’s tower!
Other than that, explore the nature-based interiors where simplicity has been weaved, with conformity. You will be looking at the Aalto’s handpicked lamps, door handles and furniture items. Each epitomising nature in some way or the other! Since this was a multipurpose venue, right from its inception, Aalto made sure to create a high-empty-space for better acoustics. After that, he designed a lattice ceiling, to conceal the empty space from the audience. If you are wondering what the sound effect is like, then it sounds like a deep post-echo, like that of a church tower. To intensify the contrast inside the Hall, Aalto designed the flooring, with white marble and black granite.
He chose marble because he wanted to connect Finland with the Mediterranean way of life. At present, Finlandia Hall is used for all kinds of national and international exhibits and retains all the original artist impressions.