Helsinki Olympic Stadium

K2S-Architects-Helsinki-Olympic-Stadium-Canopy-Closeup

location

Helsinki, Finland

client

The Stadium Foundation

Status

K2S won the architecture competition for the eastern canopy in 2003, refurbishment completed in 2020

Building area

36,160 m2

Awards

Vuoden teräsrakenne (Steel Structure of the Year) 2019 and 2005, Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards, highly commended 2005

Partners

In joint venture with NRT Architects in collaboration with White Architects, Wessel de Jonge

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium, built in 1938, is an iconic landmark of independent Finland and Finnish functionalism. After 80 years, its core functions – sports and events – have evolved along with the contemporary needs of the facilities. How can the historical stadium function as a modern events venue for sports and culture while preserving its strong heritage? K2S worked on the stadium’s preservation plan with simple forms and expressions. K2S first designed a new wooden canopy for the building in 2005, followed by 2000 square metres of multifunctional spaces for events and activities, including the visitor centre. The preservation plan included restoration efforts, combining the preserved areas with new interventions and new additions, new premises and modifiable reconstructions.

K2S-Architects-Helsinki-Olympic-Stadium-Canopy-Wood-Detail

The structural planning was extended into careful studies with both static and aero-elastic wind tunnel experiments.

K2S-Architects-Helsinki-Olympic-Stadium-Canopy

The stadium itself was completed 1938 for the Olympic Games in Helsinki, that would eventually take place in 1952. It was originally designed by Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti.

k2s architects

data and cookies

We are using cookies to recognize and track your repeat visits and preferences as well as measuring the traffic on our website. By clicking ‘Accepts all cookies’ you consent to use the cookies unless you have disabled them in the settings. You can at anytime control this clicking ‘Deselect’ or via the link in the footer.

Back

cookie settings

Please change your settings below. 

purpose