It is just an old red brick building – some might say – but for me it is something more. I just love the old customs warehouse at Katajanokka designed by Gustav Nyström and built in 1901. My relationship with the building started over 20 years ago, when I visited the building with school for the very first time to participate in a design competition on the future use of this abandoned beauty. In my plans the building turned into a public library with some cafés and restaurants in it. My design got a special mention and I received a 50 marks stipend (less than 10 € today).
Still today the old warehouse is only in use for special events and just from May until October as there is no heating. In rare occasions the events are open to public. Luckily it is the main venue for Helsinki Design Week housing exhibitions and events – like HDW Children’s Weekend today and tomorrow! The old bricks and new design products combine just perfectly together, don’t they?