Thursday, 20th August 2015 at 18.00–19.30
Helsinki City Hall, Banguet Hall
The city reception will be held at the Helsinki City Hall (Helsingin kaupungintalo). The building is located in Helsinki’s neoclassical centre in the Kruununhaka district, next to the Market Square, at street address Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13.
Completed in 1833, the building originally served as Hotel Seurahuone and was an important cultural facility hosting many premieres. The hotel was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel who also designed the major buildings around the nearby Senate Square. The Seurahuone operated as a hotel up to 1913, although the city acquired the building in 1901 in order to build a new city hall on the lot. Part of the building was placed in official use immediately. During the First World War the building also hosted a hospital for Russian naval personnel.
The building was refurbished and converted for its new purpose in the early 1920s. Following an architectural competition, the city hall was almost completely rebuilt in 1967–1970 under the architect Aarno Ruusuvuori. Nowadays the building hosts the offices of the Mayor of Helsinki and the Deputy Mayors as well as the meeting facilities for the City Council and City Board. A variety of cultural attractions can also be enjoyed at the city hall.