The Great Wall of China, the Acropolis in Athens, the Grand Canyon, and Suomenlinna. UNESCO’s World Heritage List brings Suomenlinna together with a long list of cultural and natural sites that are considered common property of all of humanity. Welcome to Suomenlinna!
New residential buildings are in the works for Länsi-Mustasaari, one of the islands of the sea fortress Suomenlinna. An architecture contest was organised to find a character, scope and implementation technique suited for the protected, historical milieu of the World Heritage Site of Suomenlinna. The competition was organised from 27 May to 3 October 2016. […]
Reinforcing the defences of Finland, then a part of Sweden, was deemed necessary. In 1747, the Swedish parliament made a decision to build a central fortress including a naval base in Helsinki. Fortification work begun the following year.
In 1991, the Suomenlinna fortress was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique monument of military architecture. Another special feature of the fortress is that in the course of its history it has served in the defence of three realms: Sweden, Russia and Finland.