21 August 2011

Visiting Hvitträsk

Yesterday we visited Hvitträsk in Kirkkonummi.

Hvitträsk was built  between 1901–1903 by architects
Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. 

The main building, designed in National Romantic style, 
built of logs and natural stone, was both a common studio 
and a home for Eliel Saarinen and Armas Lindgren 
for some years after it was completed.

During that time, Gesellius lived in the 
courtyard building and later moved 
into the north-wing of the main building after 
Lindgren relocated in Helsinki.

This is where the plans were drawn up for 
the Helsinki Railway Station and 
the National Museum of Finland.

Hvitträsk is also the boyhood home for world famous 
architect Eero Saarinen, who made his reputation 
primarily in the United States designing buildings 
and monuments such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Saarinen home is a museum today, 
and within the courtyard building are a restaurant and a café.

The North Wing has been renovated for 
seminar and conference use.

Today Hvitträsk is owned by the Finnish State and
the National Board of Antiquities.

Hvitträsk and its lovely English style garden 
are surrounded by beautiful nature.

More pics from Hvitträsk here.

Lake Vitträsk.

We had an excellent dinner at Restaurant Hvitträsk to
celebrate Ronja's 12th birthday (yesterday) and
our 13th anniversary (tomorrow).

This is a necklace I made from an old necklace.
A few years ago I bought a necklace made of African acacia beads.
It was strung on plastic cord and had small wooden 
beads at the back and in between the bigger beads.
I restrung it on beading wire and replaced the small
beads at the back with brass chain.
The lampwork beads are from Julsbeads.
I like it a lot!

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