About

Töölö Sports Hall, previously known as Messuhalli – or Expo Hall – was completed in 1935 as the result of an architectural competition organised by the Finnish Exhibition Cooperative in 1933. The designers of the winning proposal were Aarne Hytönen and Risto-Veikko Luukkonen.

Töölö Sports Hall is a significant example of modern architecture in Finland, with its most distinctive feature, the profile of the barrel-vaulted roof.

The first phase of construction, today known as Hall A, was the largest interior in Finland when completed. In 1947, Hall B was decided to be built on the same plot to have more expo space for the 1952 Summer Olympics. After the expo activities moved out in the mid-1970s, the building was dedicated to City of Helsinki sports activities.

Location

Paavo Nurmen kuja 1, Helsinki
60.1836607, 24.9259216

Images

Photo from 1935., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Photo from 1935., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© MFA)
Photo from 1935., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Photo from 1935., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© MFA)
Photo from 1935., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Photo from 1935., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© MFA)
Photo from 1935., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Photo from 1935., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© MFA)
Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© Matti Tirri / City of Helsinki Media Bank)
Sports hall today., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Sports hall today., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© City of Helsinki)
Sports hall today., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Sports hall today., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© City of Helsinki)
Scale model., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Scale model., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© MFA)
Perspective drawing, 1934., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall)
Perspective drawing, 1934., Töölö Sports Hall (former Expo Hall) (© MFA)