By Valoa Design
Solo Sokos Hotel Torni brings light to the surrounding streetscape and stands out as one of the landmarks of the center of Helsinki with its new facade lighting. The lighting also serves to communicate the renovations made inside the building.
Opened originally in 1931, Hotel Torni was the tallest building in Helsinki and a skyscraper of its time. It is still one of the tallest buildings in Finland. The hotel also includes a former residential building property, Kyllikki, which was added to the hotel in the 1980s. The buildings are historically significant and prominent in Helsinki’s cityscape. The renovated hotel opened in the spring of 2022.
The goal for the lighting was for the building to get the illumination it deserved. The building’s style is very Art Deco, and designers wanted to emphasize that, inspired by the style of 1920s New York skyscrapers. The first four floors of the building and the 9-story tower rising above them were brought out solemnly and with dignity, with warm white light bringing out the whole layered entity.
The building’s central location and architectural and cultural historical significance required special attention. The result is a visible entity in the streetscape of the dark times of Helsinki’s core, and it not only brings out the marvelous building but also lights up the surrounding street spaces for hotel guests and people passing by.
VALOA is an award-winning architectural lighting design office, with an experience of 20 years. We design both indoor and outdoor lighting for companies and public sites, according to the needs of the client. The greatest result is born in cooperation with the client, together with architects, electrical designers, and contractors.