Parliament House is the seat of the Parliament of Finland
. It is located in the Finnish capital of Helsinki
, in the district of Töölö.
Architecture And Features
Sirén designed Parliament House in an architectural style combining Neoclassicism with early twentieth century modernism. Sirén's combination of simplified columns and balusters with simplified planar geometry bears comparison to similar explorations by Erik Gunnar Asplund and Jože Plečnik. The exterior is red Kalvola granite. The façade is lined by fourteen columns with Corinthian capitals.
The building has five floors, each of which is unique. The floors are connected by a white marble staircase and famous paternoster lifts. Most important for visitors are the main lobby, the stately Session Hall and the large Hall of State. Notable later additions to the building are the library annex completed in 1978 and a separate office block, the Pikkuparlamentti
, the necessity of which was an object of some controversy, completed in 2004.
Guided tours are arranged on Saturdays at 11:00 and 12:30 and on Sundays at 12:00 and 13:30; in July and August also at 14:00 on weekdays. Tuesdays and Fridays you can watch the Parliament in session from the public balcony.