I just came to think of sharing this spot’s existence with you guys. Maybe, like if you’re staying in an airbnb nearby or feel like leaving the centre of the city behind a bit – I mean that’s what we Finns always enjoy doing – you might wanna stroll around this area.
Most of the Pikku-Huopalahti housing was built in the mid-nineties. Urban legends tell that before the building of the area, the valley was known as ‘Stockmann (the classiest department store in Helsinki) for the poor’ and home to many weird warehouses of all kinds. Cheap it seems, but not great quality and probably most of it illegal somehow.
So, in times of an economic recession, the city let the architects realize a test-project. All the buildings were to look different from each other – and they do – it is impossible to find two that look the same.
In many pastel colours, various forms, with playful balconies, high and low, these buildings now look a bit shabby and, well, nineties, to be honest. But the neighbourhood is home to thousands of families now, happy to walk their dogs in the valley, surrounded by a pretty valley full of small kitchen gardens.
Pikku-Huopalahti Area | Relaxing | Free