Tea Pavilion, a wooden pavilion open to the public until 15 September, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence

The Opening Event. Photo Credit: David Scott

The English tradition of tea translates into Finnish wood architecture, thanks to the cooperation between students of architecture from the University of Westminster and the Aalto University in Finland who, under the supervision of the Finnish architect Sami Rintala, built a tea pavilion.

The Tea House in place in front of the Design Museum. Photo Credit: Silas Koopmans

This project celebates the diplomatic relationships between the two countries, favor international cultural exchanges and support sustainable development.

The Tea House completed. Photo Credit: Silas Koopmans

The main load-bearing structure of the pavilion was made by Wood Studio at the Aalto University, in Finland, while the smallest and lightest parts were produced in London. Then they reached Helsinki with the English students who built the pavilion along with Finnish students.

The Tea House Completed. Photo Credit: Silas Koopmans

The Tea Pavilion thus offers Helsinki residents and tourists a temporary retreat where they can stop for tea and rest surrounded by the Design Museum. [Text: Arianna Callocchia]