The Helsinki City Board has approved the project plan for a temporary building to replace Finlandia Hall during renovation in 2022–2024. This new building, named Little Finlandia, will be a movable building that makes extensive use of wood. The City Board made the decision on Little Finlandia at its meeting of 2 March 2020.
Little Finlandia will be erected at a site next to Finlandia Hall on the Töölönlahti (Töölö bay) side of the Karamzininranta street plaza.
The temporary building will house the facilities of the Finlandia Hall management company Finlandia Hall Ltd: meeting halls, a café-restaurant, a catering kitchen, support and maintenance facilities, and facilities for building technology. The total floor space for events will be less than one quarter of the space in Finlandia Hall.
According to the project plan, the temporary building will be a movable wooden building that can be adjusted to serve multiple purposes. The building will be a development project that supports the City of Helsinki circular economy and wood construction initiatives. Little Finlandia will constitute a pilot to develop the design and implementation of movable multiple-purpose buildings.
The Little Finlandia building will be constructed for a long service life: the building will first serve as Little Finlandia for three years, after which it will be moved elsewhere to be adjusted for use as a school building, a day care centre building or a support building for approximately 20 years.
The Little Finlandia construction cost will be 9.9 million euros. According to a preliminary schedule, the construction of Little Finlandia will begin in the summer of 2021, and the building will be completed in January 2022.
An extensive renovation of Finlandia Hall, completed in 1971 and 1975, will be carried out from the spring of 2022 onwards to be completed in 2024. The exterior of the building will be re-clad as part of the renovation. Owing to Little Finlandia, Finlandia Hall will be able to serve customers throughout this time.