August 17, 2017

Simple, Robust and Playful – This is how The Dance House Helsinki will look like

The Dance House Helsinki is moving forward. The concept development and master planning phases started in spring 2017, and now the concept is presented to the public. The design combines simplicity, roughness and playfulness. The Dance House does not try to be complete until it is filled with dance.

The Dance House will be built in the north-east end of the Cable Factory, a large cultural centre and a former factory building from 1930’s. The design creates a symbiosis between the existing Cable Factory and its new Dance House extension.

The new building will be abstract and even surprisingly simple. This simplicity is, however, flavoured with details. Materials include polished aluminum, rusted steel and brass-colored aluminum mesh.

Almost intangible, the rust-like appearance of the steel façade makes the building appear like a kite, physically floating in the air, while the polished aluminium façade reflects the surroundings and allow the Dance House to blend in with its built environment. Stepping closer, the building turns into a machine: industrial, grounded and highly functional.

The building does not try to be complete until it is filled with dance.

Read more here.

The Dance House Helsinki will become the new home of dance and performing arts offering rehearsal and performance space for dance artists in Helsinki. The building project will start in summer 2018 and Dance House Helsinki will be opened in 2020. The design will be done as a collaboration between JKMM Architects and Architecture & Design Talli.  The chief architect of the project is Teemu Kurkela from JKMM Architects. Architect Pia Ilonen from Architecture & Design Talli Oy  is the responsible building designer.