Old customs warehouse

In the southern part of the island of katayanokka is a large red brick building-a former customs warehouse (Tulli -ja Pakkahuone on map) built in 1898-1901 near the South Harbor docks.

Old customs warehouse, Helsinki

The project was developed by Professor of architecture Gustaf Nyström (1856-1917), the author of such famous buildings in Helsinki as the house of Estates, the Winter garden, and the design Museum.

Old customs warehouse, Helsinki

Nyström is considered the founder of the Finnish school of architecture and a classic of the neo- Renaissance style , in which the customs building was built. However, this project has been criticized as not being in keeping with the spirit of the times.

Old customs warehouse, Helsinki

The facility was used as a port customs warehouse until 1974. In the 70s, the Western port was built , the cargo docks in the city center were closed, and the customs service moved to a new location.

Old customs warehouse, Helsinki

The warehouse was empty for about 40 years until an art design Studio was opened here in 2010. Now the former port warehouse hosts exhibitions, seminars, and concerts.

Old customs warehouse, Helsinki