National Romantic style, Jugend style, Art Nouveau, Modernismo – a dear child has many names.
The very first Finnish architectonical style involved during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and it is called National Romantic style. We can say that it is typically Finnish, even though it followed the same ideals as Art Nouveau in France, Jugend in Germany and Modernismo in Spain: for example they all used curved line and floral decorations. Here in Finland due to our climate the houses aren’t as light as in other countries. Medieval churches and castles inspired the architects, why many buildings have towers. Typically every floor is different; the windows and the decorations alter in each floor.
The best area to admire National Romantic buildings in Helsinki is Katajanokka. As a child I used to live there in a National Romantic castle, or at least the building was called Borg (castle in Swedish). Back then I loved to spot different decorations; owls, bears, spiders, pelicans… that fostered my imagination. A couple of days ago I went for a walk to my old neighborhood and here are some of the gorgeous decorations that I spotted.