Finnish design is well known from 1915 onwardsas a design for everyday life,
and this is the point,
timeless design for everyday life.
And that means that,
it creates the feeling and environment already for the visitors even,
very comfortable, and relaxing even,
because that is also the life style,
rather modest, but enjoyable and relaxing,
the way not so hectic than in the main metropoles of the world.
Helsinki airport is almost a life-time project for me.
My office has worked with this project without any break 30 years.
Originally when I started to design this terminal,
the area was very limited,
because this is not a new terminal,
because there was old terminal,
it should be enlarged.
And there were two runways,
and the angle between runways creates sort of triangle,
and that triangle defined the form of this new terminal.
This triangle idea is developed in many many places in this terminal,
like not only the floor,
butlike in the main departure hall.
You will see the big skylight,
they are all triangle by the same form,
and even the main big departure hall is triangle.
And you will see also this ceiling, aluminium ceiling,
similar triangle motive all the time.
So we are now at the port of Helsinki.
That’s a harbour which it’s for the boat traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn.
The idea of the boats is that they are ferries,
which are filed with passengers, and also passenger cars,
and heavy transportation traffic, like big trucks.
The most special thing to make terminal like it is,
is that there is a new area, housing area, next to the harbour,
and the space for the terminal harbour functions is very limited.
So the harbour area is a little bit too small,
and the space is needed for this car traffic which we can see around the terminal.
And that’s why the footprint of the terminal has to be really small.
And all the traffic is actually driving under the terminal.
We as foreigner, we see that all historical Chinese design,
itis really fantastic,
it is really timeless.
So I think, and I am sure that in the future and soon,
Even in China, it will be trendy, even to see backwards a little bit,
and to own culture, and to find from there even some new things of course,
but not try to find from the west too much.