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Eliel Saarinen

Railway Station in Helsinki (Helsingin päärautatieasema).

A few weeks ago Piotr posted a photo with the sculpture group in the facade of the railway station in Helsinki.
I immediately recognized this famous work by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen.

In the preparation of the text for my previous post of the Kresge auditorium by architect Saarinen, I further explored the family ties of both architects of the same name.
Elien is the father of Eero. In 1923 the family emigrated to the USA because Elien started to make a name for himself in the USA and received a number of large assignments there. Eero was then 13 years old.
Father and son worked together a lot, but in the end the son became the more renowned of the two in the USA.

To my surprise, I discovered that several pictures of the sculpture group in the facade of the station have been placed on TE, but that there are no pictures of the station itself.
To make up for this omission I went into my archive and found 3 photos from 2011 with sufficient quality to be posted.

The station building was inaugurated in 1919. Saarinen’s national-romantic design caused a huge emotional uproar among Finnish architects. Some of Saarinen colleagues considered his proposal backward-looking and insisted that as the railway station symbolised a new, modern era, the architecture should do the same. Nevertheless Helsinki Central was chosen as one of the world's most beautiful railway stations by BBC in 2013.

■ Picture 1: ◄ the West Entrance ►


■ Picture 2: ◄ Panorama View ►


■ Picture 3: ◄ the Platforms ►


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