Aurubis - Nordic Standard Alloy
In its waterfront setting, the ‘Sea Pavilion’ Meripaviljonki is widely visible around the Eläintarha Bay surrounded by parks. It is an eye-catching, modern addition to the Helsinki Workers’ House – a ruggedly beautiful, granite Art Nouveau building – adding to the historical cityscape of downtown Helsinki. The area is a cultural centre with theatres and a temporary concert venue during the Helsinki Festival. The restaurant caters for 200 sitting guests and the kitchen, although small, is fully equipped for fine dining, additionally relying on the related congress centre facilities of the Workers’ House when necessary. Meripaviljonki is the first floating public building in Finland and technically innovative. The raft is connected to two giant tripod anchor piles by a rectangular, swinging arm and there is no detectable movement for visitors on board. The pontoon below the raft contains all the HVAC installations and a novel solution has been found for connecting these to land-side infrastructure below the entrance bridge, able to accommodate a 2.4m variation in sea level.