Helvar is a privately owned Finnish intelligent lighting control and component producer. Established in 1921 with a focus on radio equipment, today Helvar is a Finnish success story with a presence in 40 countries and a turnover of some 75 million Euros.
We were commissioned to create a modern and flexible home for the sales, R&D and management functions of the organisation, in their new head quarters in Espoo’s Keilaniemi. As well as serving as an efficient work-space and training facility, the office needed to function as a test-bed for Helvar’s own lighting controls and components. Initially we challenged the designs prepared before our involvement, and reorganise the plan to create a large entrance lobby. The lobby greets visitors, who are bathed in light from the stunning area of LED lights hidden behind a membrane ceiling. Controlled by a mobile app, the system exhibits the latest innovations, and can be updated as new tech is developed.
Lighting controls and a flexible system throughout the space allow Helvar’s engineers to install new products and experiment with functionality, as well as demonstrate their products to visitors. The office is also home to a training facility. Due to the technical nature of the project our back ground as architects allowed us to coordinate elements carefully in collaboration with the design team’s technical experts.
Our Role: Interior designers.
Location: Keilaranta 5, Espoo
Completed: Summer 2016
Project size: 1200m2 approximately
“ Itu Design took full responsibility for the project, and successfully created a great place for Helvar to work. The process was smooth and easy! ”