NCC to renovate Helsinki’s KY Building into modern office premises

WCN Editorial Team 19 Apr 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

NCC has commenced renovation of the former students’ union building of Helsinki School of Economics, called the KY Building, in central Helsinki, Finland.

After renovation, the property will be converted into a modern, sustainable and multifunctional office block.

In December 2020, NCC Property Development acquired KY Building from KY Foundation, a student organisation at the School of Business of Aalto University. The project area is estimated at 7,500 m2.

NCC Property Development head Joachim Holmberg said: “We are remodeling this corner property and creating a space for a future mobile working culture with flexible and modern office premises close to services. The central location offers excellent traffic connections and top visibility, making the building a perfect choice as a company headquarters.”

Renamed Kulma21 or “Corner21” after renovation, the building will have offices in the top six floors, a roof terrace, space for service, a new entrance on the ground floor, and a basement with space for events.

According to the latest criteria of the BREEAM environmental rating system for renovation projects, the soon to be Kulma21 will be the first in Finland to be certified Excellent, claimed NCC.

The building was also classified a cultural environment of significant national value by the Finnish Heritage Agency.

“NCC has extensive experience of renovating and remodeling buildings of historical value and we know how to give them a new shine and modify them for the future, while at the same time respecting and preserving their history. The KY Building will remain a landmark for the future,” says Joachim Holmberg.

This contract has been recorded by the Nordics business of NCC Building in Q1 2021.

The project will be carried out in the NCC Property Development business area.

Renovation work is expected to be completed in 2023.


After renovation, the property will be converted into a modern, sustainable and multifunctional office block. Credit: Tapio Haaja/Unsplash.

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