Real estate investment company Antilooppi renovates and restores a historical office property located at Ruoholahdenkatu 21 in Kamppi. The property used to be a printing house, and now its historical identity will be restored. The property will offer office premises for international companies as well as restaurant and café services on the street-level for both the occupiers of the building as well as the nearby surroundings.
The Ruoholahdenkatu 21 property has seven floors and a total of 10,000 square meters of lettable area. The contractor of the project is SRV, and the project will be completed in fall 2019.
‘The property was constructed in the 1950s and it has changed considerably during the years. Now we want to restore its former glory by emphasizing its room height and spectacular lattice windows. We will also update the property’s building service technology and build rooftop terraces. Our aim is to fully realise the potential of the building and to restore it, while respecting its history and industrial spirit, to serve both the occupiers of the building as well as the local community,’ says Tuomas Sahi, CEO of Antilooppi.
The Ruoholahdenkatu 21 property was originally constructed for the Uusi Suomi printing houses in 1952. The property served as a printing house until the 1980s. In the 1970s, the editing offices of Uusi Suomi and Kauppalehti operated on the top floors. After the renovation in the 1980s, the property functioned as Ilmarinen headquarters until 2002. In recent years, the property has been a multi-let office building.
‘We will renew the Ruoholahdenkatu 21 property with due regard for its origins. This property is a great continuum of demanding renovations for us. We have conducted renovations in several historical properties, for example, in the Bronda corner, University of Helsinki’s Think Corner and main library Kaisa House, as well as the Helsinki City Theatre,’ says Antti Raunemaa, Unit Director at SRV.
International companies moving in the renovated property
The main occupier of the property will be Mirum, GroupM and Pohjoisranta Burson-Marsteller, which belong to the international marketing and communications group WPP. They will occupy approximately 4000 m2 from the building.
‘‘It is great to get these companies in the same space. Our skills in communications, media and marketing complement each other and we can serve our customers even better in the future. These new shared premises encourage us to learn from each other and inspire us to create even more inventive solutions to future-proof our client businesses,’ says Oskari Gestrin, Chief Financial Officer at Mirum.
The second-largest shipping company in the world, MSC, will also have their offices in the building and they will occupy the top floor. The Training for Warriors (TWF) gym and fitness centre has operated in the building since spring 2018. They will provide services during the renovation and continue to operate in the building also after the renovation. When completed, the building will also offer flexible and versatile small offices and shared spaces as well as meeting and negotiation rooms of different sizes to serve both the occupiers of the building as well as external clients.
The Ruoholahdenkatu 21 can be easily accessed by private and public transport. The property is located at the end of the Länsiväylä motorway, next to the Baana light traffic route. A tram route passes by the property and the distance to the nearest metro station is only approximately 500 metres.
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