Architect
Gustaf Adolf Lindberg
Design
1903
Completion
1905
Renovation
1944
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. 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.

The insurance company Kaleva sold both buildings, Uudenmaankatu 5 and Erottajankatu 2 to the state in 1913. The apartments in both buildings have since 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.

In Autumn 2019 Uudenmaankatu 5 and the neighbouring Erottajankatu 2 are the scenes of Helsinki Design Week. After HDW the buildings are going to be renovated up to date office spaces.

 

Source: Helsinki City Museum

Location

Uudenmaankatu 5, Helsinki
60.1653735, 24.9431258

Images

Uudenmaankatu 5 , Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
Uudenmaankatu 5 , Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
Yrjönkatu street façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
Yrjönkatu street façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finlandi)
The balcony on the Uudenmaankatu street façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
The balcony on the Uudenmaankatu street façade, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
Uudenmaankatu street entrance, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
Uudenmaankatu street entrance, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© Hanna Tyvelä / Archinfo Finland)
The staircase on the side of Uudenmaankatu, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
The staircase on the side of Uudenmaankatu, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© dynamo & son)
A lantern on the staircase, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building
A lantern on the staircase, Uudenmaankatu 5 Art Nouveau Building (© dynamo & son)