In front of the Dance House Helsinki, next to the Cable Factory, the Kaapeliaukio square has become a popular outdoor space for moving and hanging around. We designed Kaapeliaukio for an open space that supports the events of the area. Its roughness breathes into the history of the area. Large block-surfaced natural stone boulders form spectacular structures lining the square, and preserved trees and vegetation provide shelter and softness alongside hard surfaces. The confalt surface and the ramped edges of the square create a stage-like space that is also well suited for skateboarding. The special lighting designed for the square creates a theatrical atmosphere for dim summer evenings.

The new Dance House Helsinki opened to the public at the beginning of the year and Kaapeliaukio was completed this spring. The Kaapelipuisto park is currently under construction and will be completed next fall.

Photo: Caroline Moinel