H-Bomb’s Friday Photo, week 20: an impossibly colourful building in Helsinki

Hola! To all my readers of the female persuasion, happy International Women’s Day! Today is also a Friday (well, it still is in a few of the world’s time zones, anyway), and you know what that means: it’s time for another featured photo! Okay, admittedly that didn’t happen last week, but we still have a pretty good track record overall. 🙂

This week’s featured image comes from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. It’s a building that you’re unlikely to see in many travelogues, but one that I felt compelled to seek out because of its distinctive appearance and amazing colours:

colorful Helsinki building 1

Located in Helsinki’s Arabianranta district, the building, fittingly enough, houses a design school. (Specifically, that institution of higher learning is the Arabia campus of the Aalto University School of Art and Design; the architect behind it is Pentti Kareoja.) And because the photo above is sort of abstract, here’s a bonus picture of it that provides more of a context for its shape:

colourful Helsinki building 2

The place was off the beaten path, to say the least, and was quite far from Helsinki’s city centre; but in my opinion, the exorbitant cab fare that was required to get there was well worth it!

These photos were taken during my visit to Finland in June 2006.

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4 thoughts on “H-Bomb’s Friday Photo, week 20: an impossibly colourful building in Helsinki

  1. This building reminds me of the color block art that was popular a few decades ago. Not my personal style, but definitely appropriate for a design school! Nice pics!:-)


    • @Jess: Yeah, this building definitely has an unconventional look, and it’s not going to replace the likes of the Sydney Opera House or the Burj Arab in the pantheon of my favourite buildings. But I do really like the fact that it’s so unique!


  2. LOL, that building looks like a huge Rubik’s Cube.


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