Kasarmikatu 21 is a prime property in the heart of Helsinki. Located in the historical part of the city, Kasarmitori Square, it provides flexible and eco-friendly working premises for one thousand employees. The old government building that was occupying the site has been taken down and replaced by modern, top quality construction made with natural materials such as stone, timber, and glass.
Environmental aspects played a huge role in the rebuilding process, resulting in acquiring the platinum level LEED environmental rating. The nature of Kasarmikatu 21 meant that the furniture used in the project had to offer great flexibility, especially in the high-end restaurant at street level. The main purpose of the restaurant is to cater daily to a great number of office staff and clients. There were a few important factors in the process of choosing the right solution. The challenge was to find furniture that:
- Can be easily stored and compacted because there is not a lot of storage space
- Can be handled by one person and used in all spaces if needed (e.g. a chair taken from the restaurant would still look aesthetically pleasing in the multi-purpose space)
- Would be timeless and look good in various configurations
- Would meet requirements to support LEED rating of the building
As the functionality and design were the keys, we were more than happy to provide the project with our solutions: 40/4 side chairs, 40/4 swivel armchairs and Tempest tables.
HOWE guaranteeS a long-lasting and environmental solution performing strong on function and aesthetics