Surprise in the Third Row

Kolmas linja 5, street view
Kolmas linja 5, street view

This is what it looks like from the street. Ordinary, grey, inconspicuous. You wait for the pizza delivery man to open the gate, step in and see this:

Kolmas linja 5, Inner courtyard
Inner courtyard

Perfectly round, with a diameter of roughly eight meters. A quick look in the archives tells this: Helge Lundström, Helsinki, August 1938. Perfect symmetry, encouraged perhaps by the developer’s desire to build as much as humanly possible. Impressive.

Kolmas Linja 5, floor plan
Kolmas Linja 5, floor plan
 I have seen this before – of course there is Pantheon and Tempietto in Rome and the likes – but what comes to mind first is the Quartier Schützenstrasse in Berlin where Aldo Rossi does the same 60 years later octagonally, with more elaboration and postmodern irony but less intensity.
A little classical fantasy in the streets of Kallio.
Kolmas linja 5
Kolmas linja 5 oculus
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