2nd stage refurbishment


The Finnish National Theatre


2nd stage refurbishment


The Finnish National Theatre



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The Finnish National Theatre, the oldest Finnish-speaking professional theatre in Finland and an integral part of the cultural life of Helsinki centre, will undergo an extensive upgrade of the theatre’s backstage areas to accommodate future operations. The new building part, designed to operate as a carefully tuned production facility, will replace a 1930s addition originally designed as a temporary storage building. The iconic parts of the building block; the 1902 National Romantic style building designed by Onni Tarjanne and the modernistic Small Stage building from the 1950s by Kaija and Heikki Sirén, continue to play the lead role in the urban space.

The theatre’s second phase refurbishment includes the renewal of the backstage technical installations and building services as well as the restoration of the 1954 DOCOMOMO listed Small Stage building. In the process the theatre will get new backstage and working facilities, costume studios, and a new theatre hall called “Taivassali” (The Sky Stage). At the northern end of the theatre block a new café called “Willensauna” opens up the ground floor towards Kaisaniemi Park. A new entrance facing Läntinen Teatterikuja - alley, designed in collaboration with artist Jaakko Niemelä, will serve the new Taivassali stage.

The functional objectives of the design enable different halls to operate simultaneously and improve the internal logistics by eliminating differences in floor levels between the existing spaces.

The new building part will add a contemporary architectural layer to the theatre block formed by different eras.