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The white tower of the Olympic Stadium and a partly wooden, fan-shaped arena building from the outside.
Helsinki Design Week is to take place at the Olympic Stadium. photo: Sini Pennanen

Helsinki Design Week 2020 takes over the Olympic Stadium 3–9 September 2020

Helsinki Design Week 2020
3–9 September 2020
Olympic stadium

Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design in collaboration with various partners. The festival offers citizens a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The programme contains around 250 events every year and includes events targeted to both professionals and the general public. 

Helsinki Design Week 2020 will be held 3–9 September at the legendary Olympic Stadium. In addition, the programme spreads throughout the city to a variety of event spaces: from museums to markets, from seminar halls to secret shops. The festival also actively seeks new spaces and ways to explore the city.

At the Stadium, Helsinki Design Week will reach new audiences because it coincides with the Stadium’s opening weeks.

“The Olympic Stadium is a meeting place, and we embrace this opportunity to interact and cooperate with the design field. Helsinki Design Week will bring new kinds of activities and perhaps surprising encounters to this unique ja renewed setting,” says Stadium’s Marketing and Communications Director Marju Paju.

Co-designed by Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti, the Helsinki Stadium represents clean-lined functionalism. It was inaugurated in 1938, and it is considered one of the jewels of Finnish architecture, a landmark and part of the Finnish identity. The renewal signifies the beginning of a second, more modern life for the complex.

The master planning and architectural design for the refurbishment and extension of the Olympic Stadium were provided by Architects K2S and NRT with specialists from Wessel de Jonge Architecten and White Arkitekter. The property is owned by the City of Helsinki and managed by the Stadium Foundation. The construction developer is the Urban Environment Division of the City of Helsinki.