Mäntyniemi

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Mäntyniemi
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General information
Type Official residence
Location Finland Helsinki, Finland
Coordinates 60°11′05″N 24°53′50″E / 60.18473°N 24.89724°E / 60.18473; 24.89724Coordinates: 60°11′05″N 24°53′50″E / 60.18473°N 24.89724°E / 60.18473; 24.89724
Construction started 1989
Completed 1993
Owner Government of Finland
Design and construction
Architect Reima and Raili Pietilä

Mäntyniemi (Talludden in Swedish) is one of the three official residences of the President of Finland besides the Presidential Palace and Kultaranta. Mäntyniemi was finished in 1993. Four Finnish presidents have lived there: Mauno Koivisto, Martti Ahtisaari, Tarja Halonen, and the incumbent Sauli Niinistö.

History[edit]

When president Urho Kekkonen resigned in 1981 due to a serious illness, he stayed in the then official residence Tamminiemi until his death in 1986. The Government of Finland set aside Tamminiemi for him and decided to choose a new residence for the president Koivisto. In 1983, 28,000 m² of land was bought in the Meilahti district in western Helsinki. Reima and Raili Pietilä won the open architectural competition to design Mäntyniemi. Construction started in September 1989 and was completed in 1993.[1]

Features[edit]

Mäntyniemi is the first official residence to be built specifically for the President of Finland.[1] It is located by the sea. Steps lead down from the main reception room to a waterfront terrace.

There are three buildings on the site. The large main house comprises most of the total floor space of approximately 2,000 m² (22,000 square feet). The main house contains the president's private living quarters and personal office suites, as well as the reception rooms. The latter can be used for meetings, for receiving visitors, and for hosting smaller receptions. There is also a small gatehouse and an outbuilding on the premises.

Interior design, the textiles, furnishings, tableware and other items were designed specifically for Mäntyniemi. Competitions for artists were held to choose some of the individual works of art for particular settings or parts of the house. Stone (such as granite) and wood (birch) are among the commonly used materials on the inside, along with concrete.

The surrounding landscaping was designed by Maj-Lis Rosenbröjer to exist in harmony with the natural vegetation.

Numerical data[edit]

  • Volume: 16,290 m³ (575,300 ft³)
  • Gross floor space: 4,210 m² (45,300 ft²)
  • Net floor space: 2,312 m² (24,890 ft²)
  • Of which private living quarters: 680 m² (7,300 ft²)
  • Offices: 424 m² (4,560 ft²)
  • And reception rooms: 916 m² (9,860 ft²)
  • Windows: 300
  • Corners on the exterior: 212
  • Doors: 190, of which 180 are all different

In comparison, the White House has 5,100 m² (55,000 ft²) of floor space.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mäntyniemi". Office of the President of the Republic of Finland. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 

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