It took eight months of research, testing and constructing to turn the winning conceptual sketch of the structural system into the finished HDW-pavilion. The building creates an entrance to the site, a small park by the Ateneum Museum in the centre of the city and works as a landmark providing information about the Helsinki Design Week. Reflecting, free-formed glass skin changes its essence at night and turns into a glowing lantern.
The pavilion introduces a new way of using wood and glass together in architecture. The triangular shell structure combines the structural qualities of wood and glass, and takes advantage of contemporary computer controlled manufacturing processes. Design and concept has been created together with Teemu Seppänen and the studio participants at the Helsinki University of Technology.