Helsinki Court of Appeal
Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall in the centre of Helsinki is the first public swimming hall in Finland. Architect Väinö Vähäkallio designed the swimming hall. It represents Nordic Classicism and has preserved well its original style and details. It was inspired by the Centralbadet swimming hall in Stockholm.
On the ground floor is 25 x 10 metres swimming pool, two saunas and lockers beside the pool. On the 1st floor is rest cubicles. The small pool is situated on the second floor. A private sauna is located on the third floor.
Traditionally, people swam naked in the pool, but since 2001, the wearing of a swimsuit was allowed. Men and women have separate days for swimming.
The latest major refurbishment was in the turn of the Millennium. Many of the original details were restored, and even original furniture was remade. The third floor that had been used as offices were returned to the use of the swimming hall. The renovation was designed by architect Antti Ilveskoski Architects.
Source: Finnish Architectural Review 2/2000