Thursday, October 11, 2007

Helsinki: Tapiola Swimming Hall

Construction Year: 1965 (restored and extended 2006)

Architect: Aarne Ervi (Extension by Arkkitehtitoimisto Nurmela, Raimoranta, Tasa Oy)

We visited the Tapiola Swim Hall this past Spring while studying in Helsinki. Tapiola was pretty close to the Helsinki University of Technology, so we'd often head over there for dinner. The Tapiola Swimming Hall was originally designed as part of the master plan for Tapiola Garden City by Aarne Ervi. Early in this decade, after nearly 40 years of use, the hall was closed for restoration and extension. The architects chosen for the extension was the firm of Arkkitehtitoimisto Nurmela, Raimoranta, Tasa Oy. The main swimming hall was restored as closely to its original condition as possible. The extension added a gym and multi purpose pool. Unfortunately the extension which is interesting, was not easy to photograph. But please look HERE for better pictures.

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