Extensive Renovation, Modernization and Redevelopment of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Finland

  • Kari AvellanEmail author
  • Erika Belopotocanova
Part of the RILEM Bookseries book series (RILEM, volume 18)


The Helsinki Olympic Stadium, completed in 1938, represents functionalism and is described as the most beautiful sports stadium in the world. Since 2006 the Stadium has been added on the list of protected sites by the National Board of Antiquities in Finland. The conditional survey conducted in 2009 showed that the structure had been affected by water damage in several areas. Furthermore, the Stadium no longer met the modern criteria for hosting major international events since it was built decades ago. In consequence it was deemed necessary the structural complex undergo a major upgrade and redevelopment. In 2016 a modernization project started focusing on particular fields: (1) to perform extensive renovation of the existing structure by replacing the technical building systems by building new infrastructure, updating the logistical solutions as well as expanding refreshment and service points for the public, and (2) to redevelop and upgrade this historical site into a modern, multipurpose area. The Olympic Stadium is scheduled to be re-opened in 2019. In all phases of renovation, the concept of sustainable building solution and state-of-the-art design tools are applied to comply with special regulations and requirements due to the high historical and architectural value of the Olympic Stadium. After completion of the extensive renovation project, the new, eye-catching modern venue will promote infrastructure capable of hosting major international sports and cultural events.


Protected site Architectural value Historical structure Sustainable building solutions Redevelopment State-of-the-art design tools 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KAREG Consulting EngineersHelsinkiFinland

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