The district of Pasila

The City of Helsinki commissioned us to photograph Pasila, a distinctive urban area near Helsinki’s centre. Pasila is a busy public transportation intersection and a home of 9000 people and numerous companies. The area is currently developing fast and in the future East and West Pasila will be linked together by new residential buildings and a massive building complex called Tripla.

Most of Pasila was built in the 70s and the 80s. Eastern Pasila is especially known for its harsh concrete architecture and the unique walkways that were built above the roads to make room for cars.

Pasila’s existing architecture may evoke mixed emotions but the roughness makes it interesting. We selected our favourite Pasila photos and created this graphic citylife gallery to highlight the originality of the area.

If you would like to see more of our Helsinki photos, view our citylife gallery. All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, please contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.

The office of JLL

JLL Finland’s headquarters recently moved to a new and renovated office space in World Trade Center Helsinki. JLL commissioned us to document the renovation process and the finished interiors. We produced a time-lapse video that shows the transformation of the office from the very beginning.

Renovated log house in Taipalsaari

During our summer tour we photographed various residential buildings and one of the most distinctive ones was an old log house in a picturesque location in Taipalsaari, South-Eastern Finland.

POOK Architects designed the modification and renovation of the old building and it underwent extensive repairs. As a result, the beautiful log house is now a comfortable and contemporary summer home.

We photographed the log house and its idyllic surroundings for POOK Architects.

Hammas Mehiläinen dental clinics

This summer Innovarch commissioned us to photograph five Hammas Mehiläinen dental clinics located in different cities all over Finland. We photographed the clinics during our nationwide summer tour.

Innovarch was in charge of the clinics’ interior architecture. The receptions, the hallways and the waiting areas were filled with muted colours and natural materials to create a harmonious and calming atmosphere. The clinical look was softened with warm wood, subtle textures and soft shades of grey and green.

Helsingin Kompassi & Saukonpaaden Loisto

Helsingin Kompassi and Saukonpaaden Loisto are new apartment buildings in the growing neighbourhood of Jätkäsaari, Helsinki. The buildings form a modern and cohesive block that sits right by the sea in the tip of the Saukonpaasi cape.

The stunning seaside location was not overlooked in the architectural design – the outer facades are filled with spacious balconies and big windows that maximise the spectacular sea views. The yard between the buildings has been raised above the street level and it feels sheltered, inviting and urban.

We were commissioned to photograph the buildings by B&M Architects who designed the Kompassi & Loisto block.

All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, view the entire gallery and contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.

Stella Shopping Center

Stella is a diverse shopping center located in central Mikkeli. The shopping center was designed by Innovarch Architects and it was opened in November 2011.

Stella was built around existing historical buildings, some of which are protected by the National Board of Antiquities. Innovarch’s design focused on combining old and new architecture in a functional, cohesive and interesting way. The glass-covered atrium and the rest of the modern structures were designed to conform and honour the historic features of the block.

We photographed Stella shopping center for Innovarch.

All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, view the entire gallery and contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.

Urjala school

The new school building of Urjala, a small town in the Tampere region, was completed and opened in April 2017. The new school also serves as a community centre. The big sports hall can be used for games and practices and the school gym is open for all the residents of Urjala.

The modern building was designed by local architect Mikko Uotila. Muotolevy’s colourful façade panels were used to create interesting contrasts and give the building a unique and fun look fit for a modern school.

We photographed Urjala school for Muotolevy.

All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, view the entire gallery and contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.

Leppävaara swimming hall and lido

Leppävaara swimming hall, located in Espoo, was built in 1969 and designed by architect Osmo Lappo. The renovation and extension of the swimming hall began in the end of 2013 and the swimming hall was opened for public in January 2016. In addition to the renovation of the building, a new lido, sports fields and a playground were built next to the swimming hall.

The renovation and extension of Leppävaara swimming hall were designed by Pöyry. The aim of the project was to maintain and highlight the original architecture as much as possible. The large extension was designed to match the existing building and the materials were chosen accordingly.

We photographed the interiors of the swimming hall last year for Pöyry. This summer we went back to photograph the building and the outdoor areas for Muotolevy whose façade panels were used in the building.

All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, view the entire gallery and contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.

Surreal drone photography inspired by Aydın Büyüktaş

Aydın Büyüktaş is a Turkish visual artist and photographer who is known for his magnificent and surreal photographs. His works defy the laws of physics and remind us of the fascinating views of the movie Inception.

We were inspired by Aydın Büyüktaş’ photos and wanted to try bending the universe ourselves. The surrealistic effect was created by combining drone photos that are shot from different heights and angles. It was a fun little project and we might try creating more of these mindboggling photos later on.

Stockmann Tapiola department store

As a part of the renovation of Ainoa shopping center in Espoo, Stockmann Tapiola department store was completely renewed in spring 2017. The new department store focuses on fashion, cosmetics, home & living and Delicatessen.

The renewed Stockmann Tapiola was designed by a German design and marketing agency Blocher Partners. Each department of the store was given a unique look best suited for the department’s brands and products. Natural materials and references to the nature were used to link the department store to the surrounding green suburb and the feeling of quality was achieved through thoughtful design and high-end finishes.

We photographed Stockmann Tapiola for Blocher Partners and its communication department Typenraum.

All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, view the entire gallery and contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.

Stockmann Roof bar

The rooftop of Stockmann department store in Helsinki centre had always been closed to the public but in May 2017 Stockmann Roof bar was opened. Located on the 8th and 9th floors of the department store, the rooftop terrace offers spectacular views over the heart of Helsinki. The rooftop bar is run by Restaurant Teatteri.

Stockmann Roof was designed by Pinto Design. The aim was to create a space that’s in line with the look of Restaurant Teatteri. The industrial details of the rooftop space were retained and the terrace was brightened up with streamlined furniture, lighting and plants. The white colour scheme was spiced up with turquoise as a reminder of Helsinki’s green roofs.

We photographed Stockmann Roof for Pinto Design.

Hemingway’s Bar & Café in Hietalahti

Hemingway’s is a bar and coffeehouse chain owned by Restel. The chain has 14 bars across Finland. Hemingway’s is named after the one and only Ernest Hemingway and the bars are designed to serve as cozy and inviting living rooms for the city’s residents and visitors.

The Hemingway’s concept was recently renewed by design agency Pinto Design and the first makeover was done in Hemingway’s Hietalahti, Helsinki. The space was divided into different areas where people can relax over coffee, enjoy some quality drinks or perhaps play a round of snooker.

Hemingway’s Hietalahti was filled with interesting and delightful details: the bar counter was covered with a vivid wood-panelling and the walls were spiced up with Ernest Hemingway quotes and pictures of local landscapes. As a result of the renovation, Hemingway’s Hietalahti is now a functional, unique and fresh meeting place suitable for many uses.

We photographed Hemingway’s Hietalahti for Pinto Design.

HASO Gunilla & As Oy Lorentzinpuisto

Kruunuvuorenranta, a new residential area in Laajasalo, Helsinki, is planned to become a vibrant urban suburb surrounded by nature. HASO Gunilla and As Oy Lorentzinpuisto are some of the newest additions to the developing neighborhood.

HASO Gunilla was designed by Architects Brunow & Maunula and As Oy Lorentzinpuisto by Playa Architects. The apartment buildings were built for Helsinki’s housing production and they consist of 170 apartments. The diverse property is bordered by nature and brightened up by intricate light installations.

We photographed the buildings for Skanska. 

All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, view the entire gallery and contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.

Helsinki’s West Harbour, Terminal 2

West Harbour, located in Jätkäsaari, is one of the busiest ports in Helsinki. West Harbour’s second terminal was built to ease and improve the fast ferry traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn and it was opened for passengers in February 2017.

West Terminal 2 was designed by architect Tuomas Silvennoinen from PES Architects. The terminal was designed to be functional and durable but also beautiful. The walking distances have been minimized and the vehicle traffic routes are practical. The waiting hall offers stunning sea views for the passengers. The building’s modern shape and the glass, steel and wood surfaces highlight the feeling of an international passenger terminal.

We photographed West Terminal 2 for Muotolevy and APRT. Muotolevy's facade panels were used in the terminal building and APRT designed the vehicle check-in area.

All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, view the entire gallery and contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.

Myyrmanni Shopping Center

Myyrmanni is one of Citycon’s Finnish shopping centers. It is located in Myyrmäki, Vantaa, right next to the Myyrmäki railway station. Located in an important spot for the commuters and residents of the area, Myyrmanni has up to 22 000 daily visitors.

Myyrmanni was first opened in 1994 and it has since undergone several renovations. As a result, the shopping center now looks fresh and up-to-date. During the past few years, Myyrmanni's selection of shops, cafés and restaurants has been improved. The latest addition to the services is a new S-market grocery store that was opened in spring 2017.

We took these commercial photos for Citycon.

Nature photography by Anders Portman

Our photographer Anders Portman’s workdays revolve around commissions and photoshoots but photography is also one of his favorite pastimes.

Traveling across Finland for work and holidays, Anders has seen all kinds of breath-taking landscapes. He selected a few of his impressive nature photos to share with us.

Iso Omena Shopping Center

Iso Omena is a versatile shopping center located in Espoo, a short drive away from Helsinki. The shopping center was opened in the early 2000s and it was expanded and improved in 2016-2017.

The second phase of the renovation was completed in April 2017. New shops and restaurants were opened and the Finnkino movie theater was reformed. With over 200 stores, Iso Omena is now the second largest shopping center in Finland.

Iso Omena’s owner, Citycon, commissioned us to do a commercial photoshoot to showcase the fresh new interiors and the inviting atmosphere of the renewed shopping center.

Aviabulevardi Office Building

Aviabulevardi I is a modern office building located near Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in the international area of Aviapolis. The building itself consists of numerous office spaces and a hotel, Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport. The building was designed by SARC Architects and the construction was completed in April 2016.

Aviabulevardi’s setting makes it a perfect place for companies operating internationally. The Ring Rail Line’s Aviapolis station is right outside and the airport is only one station away. International visitors can stay at Clarion Hotel in the same building. The bold monochrome façade and the sleek and light interiors complete the inspiring and professional atmosphere fit for modern businesses.

We photographed the building for Skanska.

All the images are available for licensing. If you are interested in licensing images, view the entire gallery and contact Martin (martin@kuvio.com, +358 44 7486062) for licensing terms and conditions.