Pöyry realised the architectural design of a daring project in the district of Ruoholahti in Helsinki. The High Tech Center is located on what once were dockyards, next to an old cable factory near the seashore.
The High Tech Center has been awarded the the ECCS European Steel Design Award 2003 by the European Convention for Construction Steelwork. The whole area is presently being transformed into a mix of housing, prestigious offices and schools for art and media. The urban planning of Ruoholahti has been cited worldwide as a fine example of urban re-developement.
The main design idea for the High Tech Center was to recall the derricks that once where on the local wharfs. The vibrant colours are part of this industrial shipyard world and give a spicy touch to the landscape. The complex is highly visible from the water and incoming bridges. Several dynamic high-tech companies are now operating in the High Tech Center among them NAPA for which Pöyry has carried out a Workplace Transformation project comprising interior design.