L3 harbor warehouse is loaded with design

Helsinki Design Week L3 warehouse

Helsinki Design Week at the L3 warehouse

Helsinki is known for design and has even been awarded Unesco City of Design status, but unfortunately Helsinki Design Week still remains rather unknown to most of us. This year the main venue for seminars and exhibitions is L3 harbor warehouse at Länsi Satama, West Terminal. It is an old warehouse made of red bricks and designed by Finnish architect Lars Sonck. I love the building and this was the first time I was able to enter to the upper floors. The building creates a unique atmosphere and a special character for the event. The interiors are raw and industrial with beautiful little details such as old rustic wooden columns and ceilings. Also the views from the warehouse are spectacular offering a free outlook to the ship yards, dockside cranes and the sea.

Tomorrow is the last day of Helsinki Design Week hold this year for the 11th time. Over 200 events are scheduled for this urban festival, but I sure hope that next year in clearer and more accessible way. My one and only tip for you is not to miss the opportunity to visit L3 and check out the exhibitions there!

Helsinki Design Week L3 warehouse

I love the way the light filters in.

Shipyards and cranes

The view from the warehouse.

Design exhibition

Design exhibition


Innolux Candeon lamps offer bright light therapy in a beautiful way.


Eero Saarinen’s Grasshopper chairs


Gorgeous strong colors


Wooden ceilings and white columns make a great combination.

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Authentic industrial feeling


New rugs by the Friends of Finnish Handicraft.

Helsinki Design Week L3 warehouse

L3 warehouse from outside.



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