Lauttasaari Manor was transferred to the ownership of Kone Foundation in September, and its design work has now begun. “What makes the design work particularly inspiring is that the timeworn building can now be restored to its former glory and taken into use again. In fact, I hail from Lauttasaari, a district of Helsinki located on an island. Starting the design work is like embarking on a long journey of exploration and is every bit as fascinating and also unpredictable to some extent. During the journey, we will become familiar with the building in more detail, meet new people and explore new worlds,” says architect Minna Lukander from Talli Architecture & Design. The manor and its surroundings are protected by a town plan, and the additional and repair work will be carried out under the supervision of the Helsinki City Museum.
The manor will become the heart of Kone Foundation’s operations: its employees will be working there, and the facilities will also promote bold initiatives and interaction between researchers and artists, as well as enabling the public to participate.
“The goal is to start the construction work in autumn 2016. The renovation project is expected to be completed in autumn 2017,” says Building Consultant Jukka Saarinen from Demaco.