Fennia Mutual Insurance Company moved its headquarters to the former Tekes premises in West Pasila, Helsinki, in the spring of 2017. The Pasilanportti, designed by Jaakko Salonen in the late 1980s, was of high-quality architecture of its time, but it desperately needed modernization. Changes in the work environment such as telecommuting, shared spaces, activity-based work and new technology called for changes in the old building's structure.
Moreover opening up the ground floor north-south axis was cornerstone of the renovation plan. In the past, the lobby was shallow and rambling, and it was difficult to orientate around the ground floor. The structure needed clarity, so now the entrance, lobby, steps, full-height courtyard and meeting sp... More