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Helsinki is a heaven for architecture enthusiasts. The city holds beautiful examples from multiple eras of architecture, from old wooden structures to modern glass buildings. These are some of the best architectural wonders in Helsinki from different periods, which can all be seen on a day tour of the city.
This private medical centre was designed by Lars Sonck and opened in 1905. It combines a golden stone exterior, a brown tiled roof, and a black granite bottom – all typical examples of Finnish Jugend architecture of the time period. The hospital and the area it is located in were named after the Icelandic goddess of medicine Eir.
The telephone company building is known as Ympyrätalo or ‘Circle House’ due to its ring shape, and is the main office of the company as well as a multi-purpose building. It was opened in 1968 and designed by married couple Heikki and Kaija Siren; the influential architects who built and restored buildings not only in Helsinki but also Paris, Austria, Iraq and Japan. The restoration in the early 2000s was overseen by the son of the original architects. Another of their sons, Hannu Siren, made a minimalist sculpture which stands in the entrance to the building.