Above: Entrance to the gallery is free to everyone.
Helsinki has turned more than a few heads as the incumbent World Design Capitalâ€”from the zen-like Chapel of Silence in Narinkka Square to the altogether louder installations of Argentinian artist TomĂˇs Saraceno. Even the Finnish capitalâ€™s airport has joined the party with an all-new shrine to design.
Located at Gate 11, passengers walk into a tent where they are greeted with the sounds of the Finnish wilderness, waves breaking, and snow crunching underfootâ€”while taking in an exhibition of new design innovation. Outside the tent, visitors can while away the time on park benches around whitewashed wooden tables. Visitors are encouraged to write down their thoughts and place them on the wallâ€”allowing the area to evolve and grow.