In January 2015, we began the renovation of the Auratalo office property located in Helsinki’s Meilahti district and its conversion into a hotel and renovated business premises. When the project was completed in spring 2016, Restel, the main user of the premises, opened a new, modern city hotel in the building.
Auratalo was built as business premises for the Aura insurance company in the early 1960s. Nowadays, the property is owned by LocalTapiola. In recent years, it has served as office and business premises for several operators. In addition to complete renovation, the property required a space reconfiguration.
We renovated the 14-storey Auratalo to meet today’s requirements and convert the office premises for its new purpose. The building’s 12-storey tower block houses 188 hotel rooms, the ground floor has two restaurants, and a grocery shop is located in the upper basement level. We completely renewed the interior and technical building systems and restored the facade to its original 1960's appearance utilising modern solutions.
We carried out the project as a management contract. The contract also included design management.
Auratalo’s renovation increases the value of the property. The tenants and end users have modern, efficient and comfortable premises. The cityscape board considered Auratalo’s facade as a valuable gem of its own period and the restored facade is again an important element in Helsinki’s urban idyll.