Meripaviljonki’s unique floating terrace
Recently opened Meripaviljonki’s terrace completes the restaurant Meripaviljonki as a unique way: Finnish first floating public building has a first floating terrace. Restaurant Meripaviljonki, with its stylish terrace, is a welcome addition to the cityscape, and it supports the recently published maritime strategy of the City of Helsinki.
Access to the terrace is from Säästöpankinranta via a six-metre-long bridge. You can also arrive by boat, as Meripaviljonki has six berths of its own.
Customers will feel as if they are at sea on the floating terrace at Meripaviljonki, even though the terrace will definitely not float away. The glass railings surrounding the terrace guarantee an unobstructed view of the sea in every direction, all the way to Töölönlahti. The Meripaviljonki terrace will be open from morning to evening, depending on the weather. Dishes and drinks are ordered from the self-service counter on the terrace.
An unique architecture
Building a floating public building is unique in Finland – both in terms of architecture and technology. The structure has been influenced by tried and tested innovative solutions from the shipbuilding industry. The principal designer is architect Simo Freese, who also designed the mother restaurant Meripaviljonki.
The terrace, which is attached to the sea wall and restaurant Meripaviljonki, was built at the Rauma Marine Constructions shipyard in Rauma. The shipbuilding company has implemented similar floating structure construction projects in the United Arab Emirates, for example.
Technical information about Meripaviljonki’s terrace
• 150 seats
• equipped with electric canopies and gas heaters
• accessible connection to Restaurant Meripaviljonki, which has a disabled toilet
• can be booked for private events on weekday mornings
• built at the Rauma Marine Constructions shipyard
• covers 207 square metres, including 13 square metres of sales area and two bathrooms
• 20 metres long, 15 metres wide, primary materials: steel, copper and glass
• principal designer architect Simo Freese