Veistämö is designed as a for a living room for public use. Situated in the historical harbour of Ruissalo, the lounge type of space serves all kinds of people from different ages and social classes.
Jaakko Heikinheimo, Ark SAFA
Helmeri Heikkilä, M.I.D
Year: 2016
Area: Total 350 m2

The best boats were built at Åbo Båtvarf
The very expression Åbo Båtvarf gives the yachtsman a sense of sailing, summer and safety. (Frisk Bris 3/1937).
The Åbo Båtvarf (Turun veneveistämö), which operated in 1889-1954, was the biggest boatyard in the Nordic countries and a major player throughout Europe. Altogether over 5 000 boats were built at the yard. The number of employees varied between twenty and two hundred over the years. The range of production ranged from rowboats and lifeboats, over gunboats and torpedo boats, all the way to luxurious pleasure yachts. The activities of the Turku boatyard have played a significant role in the development of pleasure boats and racing yachts in Finland.
Boats from the Boatyard have been sailed by well-known industrialists, statesmen and royalty. The loyal clients of Åbo Båtvarf were at the forefront of Finnish sailing, participating in the most important yacht races of their times, in domestic waters and on foreign shores. Yachts from the Boatyard have shown their flags in the Olympics and in the Gold Cup regattas. To this day, boats built at Åbo Båtvarf have remained treasures to their owners, who invest their time and labour into keeping the specimens shipshape and in mint condition.
The fame of Åbo Båtvarf extended above national boundaries. Its products were exported to the Russian elite, to demanding European yachtsmen, and all the way to the United States and South America. In the 1930’s, Åbo Båtvarf was one of the most famous Finnish brands in the world. Some orders were received for large series of one-design yachts. For example, several series of Hai (Shark) boats were built for France (called Requin) and for Maine, USA.
The boat building operations in Ruissalo ended in 1954, although the original company name was still used for decades to manufacture boats elsewhere. After the demise of the yard, the Turku Port Authority bought its buildings for port docking and repair operations.

Sculpture in 2016
Veistamö's pop-up lounge is, as its name suggests, a temporary lounge designed for the H2Ö festival.
The space is divided into three parts: The restaurant side, the auditorium and the stage. The first part is lower than the others. Above it be-
va installation softens the acoustics of the space. In addition to this, the installation consisting of thousands of 10-meter-long strips of fabric brings peaceful movement to the space in addition to visitors. The slats sway with the breeze that enters the space through the large doors. A fascinating play of light and shadow also falls on the inside from the large windows. At the end of the sculpture house is the center of the event, the festival's main stage.
View from inside the lounge area. Photo by Maybell Jones-Nettey
Carving shop
1. Main entrance
6. The 1st row of swings consists of swings that seat 2 people
10. F2 super fence, covered with Maria Kivilaakso print fabric.
2. Väistamö info 7. Mixing
3. Bar counter + cafe
8. VJ table
11. Platform (dimensions: 8000x4000x800)
4. Seating groups in the lounge
9. The 2nd row of swings consists of swings that seat 2 people 12. Emergency exit
5. Stairs to the roof (starts only from the 2nd floor) + Milja Moilanen's Installation. 9A. The stage lights are hung in the middle, from the beam
13. Warehouse. Tools, etc. to keep here. Change:
Section from the space
Left: Picture of the curtains.
Right: Detailed picture of the swing.
Photo by Maybell Jones-Nettey