Principal selection 2014
The defunct machine workshop of the Finnish Railway Company has been reincarnated as a culture and congress centre, providing a dramatic backdrop for events and entertainment productions. The massive concert hall can seat 3,000. The seating stands glide back and forth on air cushions, allowing the space to be shrunk or enlarged with the aid of docking bays, giving the space a futuristic look. Likewise, the acoustic system can be optimized depending on whether the event is a spoken, plugged or unplugged performance. The original red-brick surfaces have been lovingly restored with a new machine room clad in Corten steel resting on the roof.