The 1890’s saw the rise of many new buildings in Helsinki, inspired by the architecture of Central European cities. The old low-rise buildings and wooden houses in Kluuvi, Kaartinkaupunki and Kamppi were demolished to make way for brand new stone palaces. Kasarmikatu 25, designed by Carl Carlsson Armfelt as a luxurious residential building, was finished in 1891.
The building went through its greatest change so far in the 1960’s, when apartments were converted into office spaces. Sections of Helsinki police department and the Helsinki City Library newspaper room started operating in the premises. The building was refurbished in the 1990’s, as the Ministry of the Environment made Kasarmikatu 25 its home. Part of the attic was converted into office space by raising the roof.
Now the interior of Kasarmikatu 25 is being completely redone – only the facade and the roof will remain unchanged. At the same time, all building facilities will be updated to meet the demands of modern day working life.
Kasarmikatu 25 is located in the heart of Helsinki, in the prestigious Kaartinkaupunki neighbourhood just around the corner from Esplanadi, the seashore and the area’s several parks. The neighbourhood is home to international consulting firms, financial companies, law firms and high-end restaurants.
The Market Square and the nearness of the sea make the area an important tourist destination, as well as the centre of food culture, architecture and high-class employment in Helsinki.
The Kasarmitori square and its surroundings, long occupied mostly by office buildings, has in recent years become an increasingly important and active part of Helsinki city life, along with the area’s high-end hotels and newly built office buildings.
Small cafés and elegant cocktail bars, as well as Michelin-starred restaurants, now cater to the demanding clientele in the area.
High-class boutique hotels Fabian, Haven and Lilla Roberts are located nearby and have become popular especially among business travellers visiting Helsinki. All three were ranked among Top 5 hotels in Finland in 2016.
The retail spaces, café and restaurant facilities and meeting rooms form an attractive setting for the occupant’s own daily business, customer meetings and attracting outside visitors.
The reception lobby in the street level atrium serves all visitors and organizes the centralised booking of event spaces and additional services like audiovisual equipment and café and restaurant services.
The atrium café offers lunch and café services to occupants and their visitors, also outside lunch hours. The lobby café is a great place to sit down with guests or have short meetings in the enclosed pergolas without prior appointment.
Modern technology combined with unique services makes for a more vibrant daily work life and brings added value to any business. Carefully chosen partners offer quality services that satisfy even the most demanding customer.