Architect
Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects
Competition
2001
Completion
2005
Gross area
21000 m²
Category
Office buildings
Tags
art glass stoe stone

Keva Pension Fund Office Building was as a result of an invited architectural competition won by Käpy & Simo Paavilainen Architects. It is located in Kaisaniemi area in Helsinki city centre. The building enabled workspaces under the same roof for all the Keva employees, who were previously scattered in different offices around the centre of Helsinki. The construction was completed in 2005.

The winning entry was depicted exceptionally sculpture-like. The building has ten floors from which two are located below the ground level. In the basement floors, there are spaces for archive and storage functions as well as parking. The reception and customer services are located on the first level. On the second floor, there are an auditorium, conference rooms, and a restaurant. The upper floors include the working spaces of the employees. There was an old building on the construction site. It was renovated as a part of the new complex; it is mainly used for conventions.

The facade to the street side is clad with light yellowish natural stone and the ones on the courtyard with green-patinated copper boards. There are two pieces of sizeable artwork in the public spaces of the building, Helena Hietanen, and Jaakko Niemelä`s “Metsä” and Marianna Uutinen`s “Being”. These came as a result of an art competition held in 2004.

Sources:

http://news.cision.com/fi/keva/r/kuntien-elakevakuutuksen-uusi-toimitalo-valmistunut,c134657

http://www.ark-paavilainen.fi/works/KEVA/KEVA.htm

Location

Unioninkatu 43, Helsinki
60.1747028, 24.9506459

Images

Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Jussi Tiainen)
Site plan, Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Site plan, Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects)
1st floor, Keva Pension Fund Office Building
1st floor, Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects)
2nd floor, Keva Pension Fund Office Building
2nd floor, Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects)
Section, Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Section, Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects)
Section, Keva Pension Fund Office Building
Section, Keva Pension Fund Office Building (© Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects)