The Ministry of the Environment moved to renovated premises at Aleksanterinkatu 7 in central Helsinki. The renovation transformed the maze-like building into a bright and modern working environment, in which the old and the new come together gracefully. The primary theme of the renovation was energy-efficient premises. This was the Ministry’s way of reflecting its commitment to reducing its ecological footprint. Other key objectives were improving space utilisation and creating premises that support new ways of working.
Interior design focused on durability, recycling and ecology. The Ministry owned a variety of classic pieces of furniture from different periods including Aalto, Kukkapuro, Tapiovaara and Billnäs. We used this classic furniture in the communal areas, lobbies, conference rooms and the staff café on the top floor. We also gave the break rooms on each floor a theme according to the furniture periods. Some pieces of furniture were upholstered and renovated as required.
The project was carried out in collaboration with experts from Senate Properties.