Architecture Walking Tour: 1970s Vuosaari

Several; walking tour

Vuosaari, the largest neighbourhood of Helsinki, has seen its fair share of transformation over the years.
This walking tour looks at the architecture and the neighborhood of Vuosaari from the perspective of the
1970s. Although Vuosaari is a fairly typical 1960s forest town, the area also has interesting examples of
1970s architecture and showcases the changing ideals of urban planning. The tour reflects on how the
social aspirations of an era are preserved in architecture and on the other hand affect modern times.

The walking tour delves into the architectural heritage of Helsinki to gain a deeper understanding of the
ideals and values that shaped the urban landscape of Helsinki in the 1970s and beyond.
The tour starts at Vuotalo (Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki) and ends at Merikorttikuja 6, Helsinki. The duration is
about 1 hour 15 minutes.

This summer, the Museum of Finnish Architecture will focus on the architecture of the 1970s: the main
exhibition of the year, titled Concrete Dreams – And Other Perspectives on 1970s Architecture, opens

Accessibility and health safety

The starting point of the walk: Main entrance of Vuotalo, Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki.
Ending point of the walk: Merikorttikuja 6, Helsinki.

The tour takes place outside. The guide uses a microphone to make hearing easier.

The length of the route is approximately 2.1 km in one direction. The route ends at the last destination at
Merikorttikuja 6, from where it is about a 1.8 kilometer walk back to the Vuosaari metro station.

The route of the walking tour is on a paved road. At road crossings, the edges of kerbs are sloped. There are
a few gentle or moderately steep slopes along the route. There are no stairs on the route. There are no
seats at the stops on the tour. You can bring your own portable chair if you wish.

The nearest public toilet is at the starting point of the walking tour in Vuotalo at street level. The Vuotalo
also has an accessible toilet, and the entrance to the Vuotalo is accessible with an electric button. The
accessible toilet is locked by default, and you can ask to open it at the information desk in the lobby or the
cafe. The accessible toilet is non-gendered, otherwise the toilets are binary gendered.

For more information

Kaura Raudaskoski
Producer of Learning and Public Programmes
Museum of Finnish Architecture