Café Jugend

8th June 2011

Opened in 1904 at the heart of Helsinki, the Uschakoff Building, originally a banking hall – is one of the best examples of Finnish Jugend (or Art Noveau) architecture and an important piece of Finnish heritage. But as luck would have it, the bankers are now long gone, making room for a recently opened 450sqm space converted into, Café Jugend, an ambitious and atmospheric café, restaurant, wine bar and shop. The design, by local creative agency Bond, wasn’t your typical project: because of its heritage, the space is closely protected by the national heritage board – which resulted in nothing allowed to be permanently fixed or screwed into the existing building. According to Bond’s Aleksi Hautamaki this made the project both challenging and easy at the same time, “the rules were clear and all that was designed had to be floated on the floor”.


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