For cocktail bar Bardem, design agency Fyra conjured up a speakeasy atmosphere with 1980s vibes

Intimate cocktail bar Bardem, led by Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, opened in central Helsinki in fall 2019. For the dim ambiance, inspiration has been drawn from the style of many different decades. Bardem was designed by Fyra, the award-winning Interior Architecture Agency of the Year 2020. Read the story

Secret treehouses in the middle of a Danish forest – The Treetop Hotel Løvtag

The Treetop Hotel was crafted by hand with high respect for the natural surroundings at the Als Odde peninsula in Denmark. Inspired by the diversity of Nordic nature, architect Sigurd Larsen shared his thoughts on the project with Design Stories – and revealed what it felt like to spend a night at the top of a tree. Read the story

Hanaholmen – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Center is a brutal gem of the 1970s

Design agency KOKO3’s handprint is visible in the interior of Hanaholmen Cultural and Conference Center, built in the 1970s. They transformed the place into a fluid combination of the old and new. Read the story

Major renovation of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium brings 30’s functionalism face-to-face with modern design

Finland's largest and best-known arena, the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, has been given a major renovation, highlighting the Stadium’s 30’s functionalism while doubling its surface area. The renovation was a balancing act between preservation and new construction. Read the story

La Muralla Roja – a cinematographic dream house in coastal Spain

Located in the coastal town of Calpe, Spain, La Muralla Roja is a striking combination of North-African architectural influences, surreal pastel colors and geometrical constructivism. The breathtaking apartment complex is just one of architect Ricardo Bofill's over 1,000 projects. Read the story

Villa Vassdal by Studio Holmberg is a summer dream inspired by traditional boathouses

Located in the Gothenburg Archipelago, Villa Vassdal offers residents a ruggedly beautiful sea landscape and cozy wooden surfaces. Designed by Studio Holmberg, this summer residence is an inventive combination of modern holiday home architecture and the time-honored building traditions of the Swedish archipelago. Read the story

Avanto Architects’ Matchbox houses were inspired by block play

When asked to build two new houses in place of one demolished home, architects need to be exceptionally creative at problem-solving. Located in southern Finland, the Matchbox houses, jointly created by Avanto Architects and Poiat Studio, were built to blend in with a rocky hillside plot and the surrounding pine trees. Read the story

Tapiola – green satellite town of Helsinki

The modern garden town of Tapiola was built next to Helsinki in the 1950s and 60s. It became a test lab for the latest ideas in architecture and urban planning. Read the story

Project Ö – self-sufficient living on a remote Finnish island

Aleksi Hautamäki and Milla Selkimäki accomplished what many people only dream of: bought an island of their own and built there two self-designed cabins. The aim of Project Ö was to make the cabins as sustainable as possible without sacrificing comfort. Read the story

Alvar Aalto’s legacy lives strong in Wolfsburg, Germany

Numerous buildings testify to Alvar Aalto’s intensive design activity outside of Finland. Of the six buildings which he completed in Germany, three are to be found in the city of Wolfsburg: the Alvar-Aalto-Kulturhaus and two churches, Heilig-Geist-Kirche and Stephanuskirche. Read the story

A contemporary mountain retreat in the Austrian Alps

A sloping plot and grand view of the Austrian Alps inspired the architect Sigurd Larsen to design a modern mountain home combining the best qualities of wood and glass. The Mountain House was both a challenging and rewarding project for Larsen's studio. Read the story

Holidaying in a modern gazebo atmosphere on Krokholmen island

Gazebos are often a captivating combination of open-air closeness to nature and pompous designs. The architectural firm Tham & Videgård decided to bring the same spirit to a holiday home built on the Swedish island of Krokholmen. Read the story

Old Victorian brick house now bathed in light – introducing Signal House, refurbished by Fraher & Findlay

The refurbishment of this traditional London residence pushed the envelope, combining the old with the new. The materials used pay homage to the industrial history of the local area. Read the story

Erik Bryggman's Resurrection Chapel is a gem of Finnish architecture

Amidst the tumult of the Second World War, architect Erik Bryggman designed a peaceful cemetery chapel in Turku, in which death is encountered with respect and gentleness. It has become a landmark of Finnish architecture. Read the story

TWA Hotel revives a decommissioned airport terminal designed by Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen's masterpiece, the TWA Flight Centre at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, has gained a new lease of life as a luxury airport hotel. The newly opened TWA Hotel has been restored in the spirit of Saarinen's legacy and the 1960's. Read the story

Space for creativity – a former hair salon turned into an inspiring studio

A tangle of electrical cables and echoing space gave way to soft tones when interior designer Laura Seppänen converted a former hairdressing salon into a studio and showroom for herself. Read the story