Architect
Gustaf Adolf Lindberg
Design
1903
Completion
1905
Renovation
1944
Themes
Art Nouveau in Helsinki
Category
Office buildings Residential buildings
Tags
copper Jugend - Art Nouveau stone

The art nouveau building of Uudenmaankatu 5 is situated on the corner of Uudenmaankatu and Yrjönkatu, on the north side of the Dianapuisto park. The building boasts a rubble ground floor and elegantly formed recessed entrances that conceal fine copper-clad doors. The building was designed by architect Gustaf Adolf Lindberg in the office of Grahn-Hedman-Wasastjerna.

The insurance company Kaleva financed the construction of the art nouveau building. Uudenmaankatu 5 was initially planned to be used as a residential building, as was the neighbouring, Kaleva owned Erottajankatu 2. The construction of Uudenmaankatu 5 was completed in 1905.

Kaleva sold both buildings, Uudenmaankatu 5 and Erottajankatu 2 to the state in 1913. The apartments in both buildings have since then been used as offices. The neighbouring buildings have been joint together with corridors. In 1944, when Finnish National Board of Building housed the Uudenmaankatu 5 building, the attic was constructed as offices, and the original art nouveau towers of the building were altered into functionalist style top floor. The building was sold to real estate investment trust in 2015.

Source: Art Nouveau in Helsinki – Architectural guide (Helsinki City Museum)

 

Location

Uudenmaankatu 5, Helsinki
60.1653735, 24.9431258

Images

Street façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
Street façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
The building photographed in 1930, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
The building photographed in 1930, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Eric Sundström / HKM)
Yrjönkatu street façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
Yrjönkatu street façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finlandi)
The balcony opens towards the Diananpuisto park, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
The balcony opens towards the Diananpuisto park, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
The stone façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
The stone façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
Uudenmaankatu entrance, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
Uudenmaankatu entrance, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
A staircase with the originals decorations, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
A staircase with the originals decorations, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Juho Nurmi / HKM)
A staircase with the originals decorations, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
A staircase with the originals decorations, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Juho Nurmi / HKM)
Main staircase , Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
Main staircase , Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© dynamo & son)
A lantern in the staircase, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
A lantern in the staircase, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© dynamo & son)