Nordic House Finland 115th Anniversary
The Hall is great piece of Finnish National Romantic period architecture. Architects Gesellius, Lindgren ja Saarinen created a lasting interior. Skillful Finnish craftsmen executed the young men's plan to the perfection.
During the midwinter cold the emotional and warm music sets you apart from everyday life's hectic pace. This is the perfect way to celebrate 115years of the National Hall of Finland and Finnish Architecture.
Sibelius Meets Tchaikovsky 1/1 – 10/1 2016 12:00. Kansallissali Aleksanterinkatu 44 Helsinki - Helsinki Finland. - map
The Story behind Pohjolan talo
- The Nordic House
"Of Pohjola's dismal mountain;
Shine no more to gladden Northland,
Till I come to give ye freedom..."
Pohjola is a location in Finnish mythology, sometimes translated in English as Northland or Pohjoland. It is one of the two main polarities in the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, along with Kalevala or Väinölä. Its name is derived from the word northernland meaning the compass point north. Pohjoinen, for its part, may have a cognate in the word pohja (base, bottom).
Pohjola has also been thought of as a purely abstract place, the source of evil — a foreboding, a forever cold land far in the north.
- "Fire Insurance House Pohjola building review in Finnish Builder Newspaper 1901"
Century ago Finns can be characterised as the unlucky Kullervo who seeked way to secure their mostly wooden houses from "the evil witch from the North" Louhi's spell of burning their homes. This is the main idea in the mythical message in the Nordic House architecture. Therefore the architecture is genius Romantic period art advertisement of its time. And it still is a remarkable way to use the Kalevala myths to support the commercial message.
The Nordic House itself is solid and bulk and made of soapstone and its great facades were forerunners of its time around the turn of the 20th century 115 years ago.
Sibelius Meets Tchaikovsky 1st - 10th January 2016 at 12:00 every day