Enso-Gutzeit Building
Kanavaranta 1
00101 Helsinki
Finland

Alvar Aalto 1962

The Enso-Gutzeit Building was, and is, the headquarters of one of Finland's largest pulp and paper companies – Enso-Gutzeit Oy then, and Stora Enso Oyj today. The building occupes an imposing site at the waterfront at the end of the Esplanade, with the Russian Orthodox Church behind. In this position its low, regular profile with the long loggia on the roof, have tones of Venetian palace.

The facade is made up of square windows with wooden frames deeply set into white marble surrounds. While superficially similar to many more mundane concrete office blocks since, the Enso-Gutzeit building stands out for its detailing, its materials, and the complex geometry hidden behind the formal front facade.

Simon Glynn 2007


How to visit

The building is the working head office of Stora Enso Oyj and is not open to the public.

It is located in the center of Helsinki, beyond the east end of the Esplanade, just on the island of Katajanokka.

For more information please call +358 20 46 131.

 

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