12/06/2011

Maritime Center Vellamo

The Maritime Center Vellamo in Kotka, Finland is as visually stunning as it is functional.  Its design is a beautiful marriage of the sea and urbanity, carefully considering the elements of its context and neighboring functions.  The figure of the Maritime Centre guides travelers from the heart of the city out to the north-eastern end of the City Terminal and into a harbor of culture.




The Maritime Center is the hallmark of the city's cultural profile.  Having a strong impact in determining the direction of the city's overall architectural development, the Center is a notable addition to landmarks associated with Kotka.



Vellamo, a Cornerstone of the new Cultural Harbor, will help to transform the Old Harbor.  Work in and around the harbor will coexist with spaces designated for pastimes and cultural activities.  In addition to events at the Maritime Center, the surrounding area will take on a more active role for local residents with attractions including a multipurpose arena, a cinema complex, a ferry terminal and a guest marina.




The Center is home to two permanent residents, the Maritime museum of Finland and the Museum of Kymenlaakso.  in addition to the two museums, numerous other organizations will be able to take advantage of the facilities.  The 250-seat auditorium is fully equipped to serve the needs of a variety of different clients.  The foyer design, the educational and seminar rooms and the centrally located restaurant together provide all the services necessary for visiting congress and musical events.  An extensive Maritime library is located on the ground floor, administered by the Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences and the Science University of Helsinki.






The roof of the Maritime Center rises gently from the city center and widening as it reaches the top of the building leading up to a rooftop square.  A sloped floor with a staggered performance space.  The interior of the Center is characterized by the application of timeless architectural concepts.  Natural light, various materials and spatial building layout come together to form shifting, adaptable and dynamic spatial units.