Ilmatar Office

Ilmatar Office

Architect
Kohina
Location
Unioninkatu, Helsinki, Finland | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices
Riikka Kantinkoski
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
PendantNew Works
Lantern Pendant, Kizu Table Lamp, Lantern Floor Lamp, Karl-Johan Table Lamp
Acoustic panels De Vorm
Interior lightingArtemide
Interior lightingOluce
LightingMarset
PendantPholc

Product Spec Sheet
Pendant
Lantern Pendant, Kizu Table Lamp, Lantern Floor Lamp, Karl-Johan Table Lamp by New Works
Interior lighting
Interior lighting

Ilmatar Office

Kohina as Architects

We chose long-lasting, timeless and high-quality materials that are in line with the Ilmatar brand and the architecture of the building. Overall, the interior architectural choices reflect the movement of the wind in wavy shapes and forms. Materials create a calm and natural feel throughout the office.Tailored fixed furniture and lighting solutions, brass details and wooden surfaces finish the harmonious look.

 

Challenge
The unique Wuorio House, one of the oldest buildings in the center of Helsinki, was selected as the location for Ilmatar's new headquarters. Ilmatar has the entire 6th and 7th floors from the 1800s building and the modern new construction, leaving room for growth. To seamlessly integrate the old with the new and to make the visual identity theirs, Ilmatar held an interior architecture competition for the concept design. Kohina's experiential proposition highlighting the future, different senses and shapes of wind whirls, charmed the client and the cooperation started. Acoustics, lighting design and incorporating modern technical solutions into the historical building were at the core of the design and eventually the functionality of the space.


Benefit
A unique, modern office was created for Ilmatar into one of the most valued properties in Helsinki. The traditionally echoing 1830s rooms with high and curvy ceilings were modified into functional and visually seamless office spaces. The design concept brings the old and the new parts together, connecting the architecture with wavy shapes, forms and earthy tones. Long-lasting solutions, high quality as well as ecological and Scandinavian choices served as the basis for the interior design. Tailored acoustic and lighting solutions leave room for the original architecture, while catering to the needs of hybrid work.

Unlike traditional energy companies, Ilmatar takes part in all phases of windpower projects - from acquiring financing to the ready-standing wind turbines and their use. Therefore, to appeal to the high-expecting visitors, the office was to look prestigious, but not ostentatious. The flow of wind and a high-quality image starts from the almost movie-like lobby space with its tailored sound effects. Continuing to the meeting rooms and work stations, the visitor can sense Ilmatar's brand throughout the journey. Meeting rooms and board room with latest audiovisual technology as well as versatile work stations and working café provide alternative places to work and exchange ideas.

 

Material Used :
- Ferm Living, Timberwise, New Works Denmark, Adea Collection, Marset, Tapwell, Vitra, Pentalight, Lumir Acoustics, Koolmat, Van Besouw, Blå Station, Teclux, Inlook, De Vorm, Pholc, Sibast Furniture, Nuura Lighting, MENU, Finarte, FDB Møbler, Oluce, Tulikivi, &Tradition, GUBI, Artemide, Warm Nordic

Flooring: 
Parquet Oak Classic,Timberwise
Parquet Oak Select,Timberwise
Textile carpet, Van Besouwcolor codes 2606-040 / 2606-520 / 2403-040, Van Besouw, Koolmat
iQ Optima 2mm grey, Beige Grey 0897, Tarkett

Doors: Glass walls and doors, Muotolevy
Logo: Novela

Roofing: 
Wooden bar ceiling, Inlook Linear WP or similar, oak, whitened, matt, Inlook
Barrisol ceiling with lights
Acoustic coating,Decocoat, Symphony F497, Tikkurila
    
Interior lighting: 
Lantern Pendant Large, New Works
Ginger 60, Marset
Ginger 42 C, Marset
Mami Horizontal, Penta Lighting
Alma w171s, Wästberg
Kandinsky 45 Pendant, Pholc
Kizu Table Lamp, New Works
Nuura 1 (medium-size), Nuura Lighting
Donna 18, Pholc
Lantern Floor Lamp, New Works
Karl-Johan table lamp, New Works
Biny Spot, DCW éditions
Utzon JU1, &Tradition
Atollo 238, Oluce
Yanzi S1, Artemide

Accent walls: 
Wallpaper, Vescom
Acoustic panels (on screen walls), Gustafs
Acoustic panels came from De Vorm

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