Helsinki, Finland


Design phase


2013 -2020


7640 brm2


City of Helsinki


The Dance House

The Dance House Helsinki will become the new home of dance and performing arts offering rehearsal and performance space for dance artists. It’s unique nature and location is reflected to its identity and architecture.

The Dance House will be located in Helsinki, as part of Cable Factory, the largest cultural center in Finland. Together these two completely different buildings, the old and the new one, create a symbiosis. The factory courtyard will be covered with roof and it will serve as an the entrance passage and common lobby for all users.

The Dance House will have its own distinctive identity and architecture that is naturally combined with industrial architecture of the Cable Factory. The new building will be abstract and even surprisingly simple. Materials include polished aluminum, rusted steel and brass-colored aluminum mesh.

The design plays with perceptions of lightness and heaviness. 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 huge machine: industrial, grounded and highly functional.

The Dance House does not try to be complete until it is filled with dance. The interiors are huge spaces, left purposefully raw providing the set up for the dance and art. They form versatile black boxes that can be modified to meet various purposes and audiences of different sizes. The aim for high functionality is reflected to the architectural design.

Both dance professionals and those working in Cable Factory have participated in the design and planning the house.

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 is the responsible building designer.

The feasibility study was completed in 2016, and the concept development and master planning phases started in spring 2017. The construction of the approximately EUR 35 million project is planned to start in the summer of 2018, and is scheduled for completion in 2020.