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Open House Helsinki 2014

open house helsinki, event, Finland

Source: openhousehelsinki.fi

Today was the first day of Open House Helsinki, event where you get to visit buildings and locations you normally wouldn’t have access to. How exciting! Open House Helsinki is actually part of Open House Worldwide, a non-profit organization whose primary aim is to be an architectural education event.

So let’s have a look at the program in Helsinki?

UK-embassy. Image by Reetta Purontakanen

Friday looked pretty good. Access to the parliament library, the clock tower of Helsinki Railway Station, UK embassy, The House of The Senate... to name a few. I decided on the tour in Puu-Käpylä. Naturally missed the start and ended up touring the place by myself. I actually ran into the tour group but at that point I had seen enough, so I listened for a while and then went my way. In summa summarum, excellent selection.

I got home from my exhaustingly architectural day in Helsinki and decided to look what was on offer tomorrow.  And let me tell you, this is were things got ugly and that’s why I’m writing this post which is about to become a rant…

Open House Worldwide-participants are required to adhere to following rules:

1. The Open House event should maintain the core values of the Open House concept: to foster appreciation, understanding and learning amongst your own communities along with the value of architectural excellence and showcasing outstanding design, including quality contemporary design.

2. Free entry to all buildings taking part in the Open House event is mandatory, and no mandatory charge to be made to building owners to participate.

3. A not-for-profit organisation or charity should organise/host the Open House event in each city, whilst also being independent from party political ties. The organisation will further need to be part of or involved within architecture or the built environment sector.

4. The primary aim of Open House is an architectural education event.

Now, Open House Helsinki is sponsored by SKANSKA. A commercial building company. Known for its poor quality and strong liaisons with local municipalitie’s planning departments. Let’s see what kind of locations we have on offer on Saturday

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Good but you can only join if you were one of the peeps who participated in the raffle for the tickets.

Tove Jansson‘s Helsinki. Fantastic! The creator of Moomins lived all her life in the Helsinki city center or its proximity and this tour takes you through her hoods. But since the tour is also in the guide, and you can do it by yourself, it doesn’t really adhere to the “not getting access to normally” promise.

The tower of Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral, Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Hall of Culture. First one required to win in a raffle to get in. Understandable. The latter two only accepts 25 and 30 peeps respectively in but hey, those 55 people get to see some rooms that normally aren’t open for public! And yes, they used exclamation marks to make this point. I’m going to assume that most of the rooms ARE open for public any other day too.

Can you see the sarcasm creeping in? Well, it’s about to get better. Let’s see rest of Saturday’s offerings. Remember, this event is about architectural education and “fostering appreciation, understanding and learning amongst your own communities along with the value of architectural excellence and showcasing outstanding design, including quality contemporary design.”

Kivistö-neighbourhood. A building site that’s going to be finished in 2015 for the annual home & architecture-fair. The interesting pitch for this place include “train station will be ready in 2015″ and of course the compulsory mention of the said fair.

Kivistö-train station. A building site. Yes, the same train station that was mentioned in the previous listing. Finished in 2015.

Kivistö Quartz Route. A building site. A pedestrian and bike road to connect Kivistö to whatever. I’m going to presume it’s going to be ready in 2015. But wait, there IS something ready. Some kind of artwork by Leonhard Lapin. Will be revealed officially tomorrow.

Kivistö Sonata. Almost not a building site. Apparently the first building in Kivistö-block to reach full height! There also “will be 9 buildings in total including on care home!” Lots of words about how there will be this and that kind of building materials used. Rest of the buildings in the block will be ready in 2015.

Kivistö Concrete Art walking tour. A building site. “The art theme realized in Kivistö, will in future be seen from Kivistö train station”. Probably ready in 2015. The tour ends with a visit to this artistic gem:

Image via liikennevirasto.fi

Kivistö City Center Tour. A building site. If you missed it, there will be an architecture fair in Kivistö in 2015. Which means this city center will be finished 2015. Or that’s what the boys of SKANSKA say on their website.

You know what this reminds me of? The Asterix comic “The Mansions of the Gods“, that’s what. Those who have read it knows the one spread with an image of the sales pitch tablet, which is made to advertise the mansions nearby Asterix’s village to attract wealthy Romans and where next to every advertised amenity are the words “in planning”.

This is exactly the same! Well not exactly. Kivistö totally has finished buildings! My mistake!

But no worries. There are still TWO sites for tomorrow that AREN’T KIVISTÖ! Shocking. I know. Let’s see if they are any better…

HEKA-building in Jätkäsaari. Finished building. Didn’t see that one coming, did you? The sad part is that it’s apparently ONLY finished building there because…

Tour of Jätkäsaari. A building site. “Jätkäsaari will have housing for 18 000 and work for 6000 people. There will be affordable housing as well as private ownership and every other ownership model in between”. Awful lot of “will bees” if you know what I’m sayin’? But not to worry, the main contractor for Jätkäsaari is SKANSKA.

So I’m going to leave you to ponder following things…Is Open House Helsinki honouring the spirit of Open House? Are these locations rare architectural gems?  Is Saturday’s program nothing but poorly disguised marketing campaign for SKANSKA? Strategically on a weekday when the potential buyers are off work?

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The Sunday’s program is HERE. Only 4 locations. I guess SKANSKA ran out of steam.

P.P.S. Thinking about re-locating to Finland? How about Kivistö?

 

 

 

Do It Right

This summer I found this gorgeous top at Mango on sale. It’s just perfect. Strong colour, perfect cut and interesting details. What’s not to love? It didn’t take me long to realize that I should try to make a pattern and sew a few myself. Brilliant. What could go wrong? I’m trained in pattern making!

Paitaprojekti2

I gathered the tools and the pattern paper, and figured that it would be really easy to just trace the outline and then add the details.  I mean, the silhouette IS basically a loose fitting tee. I made the back pattern. Even took measurements from the top to make sure they matched. All good at this point.

But then it was the time to do the front pattern, where all the details are. It started well, I outlined, checked that the shoulder seams match, all that jazz…But then I didn’t have time to finish it off on that session and left it for another day. It took the longer than I thought to get back to it and I even wore the original top again. And that’s when I saw the mistake. The top is asymmetrical in more places than I originally thought! No easy copy/trace here. So what is girl to do? The same thing she should have done the first place…

pattern making supplies, Thrifty Finn

The thing is, the pattern IS really easy to copy IF you have done the proper base pattern. Which doesn’t take long to do but I was in the lazy mood and decided to skip it. Which of course made the project so much more harder. So here I am, with my Grondvormen, basic pattern book, learning a lesson. Once again.

Do it right the first time around.

-Thrifty Finn-

Pinteresting vol. XXVIII

Pinteresting by Thrifty Finn

I’ve been using Pantone Spring 2014 colour map to colorize my Pinteresting-banners. I downloaded the autumn one today and the colours are so dull! What is that yellow trying to do?

Gah. I might as well re-design the banner and think of another way of updating it. Feel free to give design suggestions. Anyhoo, here are some of my new pins:

diy glitter banner by creature comforts blog

Image credit creaturecomfortsblog.com

This DIY-banner that sparkles is a nice new twist of something I’ve seen tons of times already. I have some Halloween-ideas and wouldn’t this be just perfect in those ‘ween colour combinations? From my board DIYs & Projects.

black gown, barcelona

Credit naimabarcelona.tumblr.com

From sparkles to glamorous. I got several re-pins right after I pinned this image and I don’t wonder why. The silhouette, the effortless glamour makes you A. want to be that person and B. to have that kind of life where you can wear a gown walking down the street and no one would question why. From my imaginatively named board, Gowns.

juju papers, golden polkadot, navy, wallpaper

Credit jujupapers.com

Going back to sparkle and dots…This wallpaper is cute and fabulous at the same time. Have you noticed that when autumn comes, you start to yearn for darker colours and textures for your home and wardrobe? I’m pretty sure that my landlord would let me wallpaper my bedroom but with the price tag of 180 dollars per roll, I myself am not too keen on the cost. But wouldn’t it be gorgeous? From the board Pompoms & Polkadots.

pottery barn, halloween, paper mache, craft, DIY

Credit potterybarnkids.com

Since Halloween was already mentioned, might as well jump back on the theme. Halloween is coming up and it’s time to start thinking about decorations. These are paper mache candy containers from Pottery Barn. Do you remember the PB-episode from Friends? With ‘yester years’ and ‘olden days’? Poor Ross with his sheets? Anyhoo, if I were in the US I would buy this set of (goes check the name) TREAT VESSELS? Really? TREAT VESSELS? Apart from the ridiculous product description, this set goes with any kind of Halloween decoration style, whether it’s rustic, spooky or modern. Me likes. However, since I live in Finland, all I can do is to try to recreate these myself. Don’t hold your breath though. I still haven’t posted about my last year’s Halloween costume either. Super. From my board Halloween.

doggie in sunglasses

Credit collagevintage.tumblr.com

To finish this round off, here’s the compulsory picture of a cute doggie. I’m pretty sure this dog looks better wearing sunglasses than I ever would. From my board I Want a Doggie & Other Cute Animals. Yes, I know. It’s a mouthful.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. As per usual, you can get to the original source by clicking the image. And if you want to see more of my pins, my Pinterest-profile is HERE.

Recently Thrifted

Last Saturday was event called Siivouspäivä. That’s when you can set up your own little flea market stall anywhere you want (rather like Queens’ Day King’s Day in Holland). It’s purpose is to encourage people to re- and upcycle things. Me and my sister decided to sell our goodies in Kallio, Helsinki as we figured that it would be packed with people and thus we would have bigger chance on good sales.

We were right. I managed to get rid of bunch of fabrics I wasn’t so keen on anymore and managed to make profit. Well done me! I kept getting complimented on my selling skills all day long.

*waves like a Miss Universum-contestant, weeps and whispers I love you to the audience*

BUT it wouldn’t be a good market if I didn’t make some scores myself. Well, actually I went to Hietalahden Kirpputori too on Sunday and continued my shopping there, so not all these finds are from Saturday.

Left out a skirt (of which I will blog about another time), a vintage Christmas tray and some random bits and bobs. I splurged 5 euros on the Sanna Annukka-piece. It’s actually XS sized tube top and the pattern is one she designed for the candy company Fazer to promote their Marianne-candy. I’m a fan of Sanna Annukka and few years ago I wrote about her HERE. Iäm such a fan of this pattern. When they launched it, they had a Metro-magazine covered in the pattern. I hoarded three copies. Should have taken more so I would have plenty for Christmas-related crafts. Now they just sit in my bookshelf to be carefully admired once in a while.

Did you go thrifting? What did you find?

-Thrifty Finn-

Trés Cool Finnish Blog: Stadin Style

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

Last night I was browsing one sewing related group on Facebook and happened upon a post, where someone was asking to vote their blog at Elle Finland Style Awards. Even though my stylist friend have been going on and on and on about what he is going to wear this year, somehow I managed to miss that yes, there are actual awards given.

Anyhoo, the blogger said that she is a nominee to be the Style Guru 2014 and made her case saying that she has made most of the clothes on her blog herself. Wow! Really? I had to go and have a look.

stadin style, fashion, sewing,

By stadinstyle. helsinkids.fi

Amaia is originally from Spain and is a fashion designer by profession. And I can see it. The clothes are very cool and current. LIKE HEIDI WOULD SAY ON PROJECT RUNWAY! I love Amaia’s taste and style, which is individual and commercial at the same time.

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

Girl can rock the crop top. I bought one this spring to wear with a pleated skirt but I chickened out from wearing either of them. Amaia’s outfit’s pink colour is bang on trend with the matching top and skirt. But this is not my über favourite, it’s this one:

stadin style, fashion, sewing

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

The dress! The styling! This look means business. I have always loved Hermès’ orange and plaster colour combo because the luxury it implies. Both colours are such that average person couldn’t wear them everyday and hence telling others that you live a life of luxury. Amaia’s dress is all about this kind of confidence. Confidence helps you to pull things off.

You can find Amaia’s blog Stadin Style, which she writes in Finnish and in Spanish, HERE. Then if you want to vote her at the Elle Finland Style Awards, Amaia has written multilingual instructions to how-to-vote HERE. If you click the images you will get to the original blog posts. This blog is worth to follow, even if you don’t read Finnish or Spanish. The pictures provide plenty of inspiration. She also posts about her travels and includes a lot of beautiful pictures for you Finnophiles out there.

-Thrifty Finn-