Architecture stories

Renovation turned a dark and dreary house into a cozy and spacious home for a family with children

Now that the extensive renovation project is almost complete, the atrium house built in the 1970s no longer resembles a haunted house but provides an attractive home for a family with children. The goal was to restore the original atmosphere of the brick house. Read the story

Modern log house Villa Havu delights with its light-toned spruce surfaces

The vision of interior designer Laura Seppänen on light spruce surfaces combined with timeless interior decoration creates a serene atmosphere for Villa Havu, one of the favorite houses at the 2023 Loviisa Housing Fair. Finnish Design Shop’s Contract Sales had the pleasure to be involved in furnishing Villa Havu. Read the story

Matri House is a cozy B&B in the Mathildedal ironworks village – and a resort where a good night’s sleep is a matter of honor

Finnish bed manufacturer Matri has opened an intimate boutique B&B in the picturesque Mathildedal ironworks village. What makes the place particularly interesting is that the old building is decorated with modern Nordic design. Finnish Design Shop’s Contract Sales helped furnish the stunning B&B. Read the story

The doors to Hotel Sandsund are open! Join us on a tour of the exclusive rooms in the historic villa

In spring 2022, Design Stories interviewed a group of friends who embarked on an ambitious project to transform historical Villa Sandsund into a new kind of boutique hotel offering effortless luxury. Hotel Sandsund is now open for reservations, and Design Stories returns to Tampere. Read the story

Café Savoy brings an elegant French atmosphere to the center of Helsinki

Restaurant Savoy, a true Helsinki classic, now has a French sibling located in the same building. The interior of the new Café Savoy was designed by Studio Joanna Laajisto. Read the story

The refreshingly retro Lunain is a piece of Paris at its finest

Get ready to be swept off your feet and transported to the heart of Paris with this stunning Art Nouveau apartment renovation. With a mix of vibes from the 1920s and the 1970s, the apartment balances modern comfort with timeless elegance. From the original stained-glass windows to the striking marble marvel of a bathroom, this apartment is a one-of-a-kind oeuvre. Read the story

Say goodbye to dull home offices and stuffy corporate spaces – Linden Palais is a luxurious oasis for office returnees

Norm Architects and TOG teamed up to create a stunning office space in the heart of Berlin that’s so chic, you’ll forget you’re actually being productive. Don’t believe us? Take a peek inside the recently opened Linden Palais, where work and play are perfectly balanced. Read the story

Newil&Bau builds new and renovates old while respecting the spirit and identity of each area

The Finnish apartment developer Newil&Bau has become known for its innovative projects that blend visionary architecture with concepts created by interior architects. One of the company’s latest projects, 76&Piha, is located in Helsinki and involves transforming a former office complex into a modern residential building. Read the story

More room, less rooms – Edition Office’s Melburnian replaces linearity with a lavish labyrinth

Melburnian, a unique high-rise apartment designed by Edition Office, invites you to explore and interpret living space from a new perspective, without traditional room divisions. The simultaneously open and intimate space creates an experiential framework for both core everyday activities and rest. Read the story

Captivating contrasting colors – Futurice’s new Helsinki office supports the active atmosphere of the working community

Futurice, an outcome-focused digital transformation company, has built its workspaces around the company’s highly interactive organizational culture. The result is a relaxed and playful yet stylish office for a new age, designed by Rune & Berg Design. Take a tour with us! Read the story

Craving for gray? Villa Radal is a sculpture in the company of paintings

Imagine a house that is almost completely gray – from floor to ceiling, inside and out. Do you envision it being dull? Perhaps soothing? Whatever you had in mind, you weren't prepared for this. Join us for a tour at Villa Radal, a sculptural tour de force by Olsson Lyckefors architects, that has us going cray over gray. Read the story

Architecture on a human scale – join us on a tour of Finnish Design Shop’s facilities in Turku

Finnish Design Shop’s new logistics center was designed to blend in with the surrounding forest and meet the strict requirements of the environmental certification BREEAM. In an interview with Design Stories, interior architect Joanna Laajisto describes how the large warehouse was made cozy and inviting. Read the story

Holiday home by Þingvallavatn is rooted deep in local traditions

Holiday home by Þingvallavatn is an arresting masterpiece by KRADS, located in the dream-like landscapes of Iceland’s southwest coast. The building overlooking the mountains and lake Þingvallavatn offers a connection to nature and culture unlike no other. Read the story

Villa Ervi is a one of a kind oasis designed by Aarne Ervi, located in the middle of Helsinki

Villa Ervi is a prestigious building located in the maritime landscape of Kuusisaari, Helsinki, built by architect Aarne Ervi for his family in 1951. The exceptional complex also includes an astounding office building completed in 1962. Villa Ervi is currently looking for a new owner – take a tour with us! Read the story

Art Sauna of the Serlachius Museums – what an experience!

Sauna and architecture lovers are in for a treat at the unique Art Sauna of the Serlachius Museums, opened in Mänttä-Vilppula, Finland, in the summer of 2022. Read the story

Villa MSV evolves together with the nature around it

Designed by Johan Sundberg Arkitektur, Villa MSV is a private home perfected with inventive details, combining Scandinavian minimalism and a deep-rooted connection with nature. Read the story