About

Category
Assembly buildings
Architect
Huttunen–Lipasti–Pakkanen Architects
Tags
sauna shoreline wood
Gross area (m²)
2060
Completion
2017

Allas Sea Pool, adjacent to Helsinki Market Square in the historical Helsinki harbour and facing the Presidential Palace, was completed in 2017, although the pools and sauna section opened to the public already in 2016. The realisation of the project, venturing out onto the sea and into an area where new construction had previously been restricted, was possible through a temporary building permit until 2023.

The outdoor swimming and recreation centre is a large-scale wooden sculpture, which utilises its form to provide protection from the winds and also to frame views of both the city and the sea. An uninterrupted vista to the sea opens from the site, and the design stretches out towards the horizon with open views from most spaces, even the steam rooms.

The complex consists of a floating pool deck, sauna section, activity areas, rooftop terraces, a café and restaurant and maintenance facilities. On the deck there are two 25-metre swimming pools, one with warm water and one with filtered sea water, and a children’s pool.

All wooden surfaces are tinted or weather-treated spruce. The uniform materiality makes the borderline between the interior and exterior disappear. Wood was chosen as the construction material because of the temporary nature of the project. According to the architects, the prestigious location – one of the most prominent in the country – required architecture with a clear vision and uncomplicated details.

Location

Katajanokanlaituri 2, Helsinki
60.1667891, 24.9593743

Images

Allas Sea Pool
Allas Sea Pool (© Suomen ilmakuva / City of Helsinki)
Allas Sea Pool
Allas Sea Pool (© Julia Kivelä / City of Helsinki)
Allas Sea Pool
Allas Sea Pool (© Dorit Salutskij / City of Helsinki)
Allas Sea Pool
Allas Sea Pool (© Dorit Salutskij / City of Helsinki)
Allas Sea Pool
Allas Sea Pool (© Lauri Rotko / City of Helsinki)
Allas Sea Pool
Allas Sea Pool (© Korjaamo Group)
Allas Sea Pool
Allas Sea Pool (© Korjaamo Group)
Floorplan, Allas Sea Pool
Floorplan, Allas Sea Pool (© Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects)
Section, Allas Sea Pool
Section, Allas Sea Pool (© Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects)
North elevation, Allas Sea Pool
North elevation, Allas Sea Pool (© Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects)
East elevation, Allas Sea Pool
East elevation, Allas Sea Pool (© Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects)
West Elevation, Allas Sea Pool
West Elevation, Allas Sea Pool (© Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects)