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January 31: Kallio – around town; the way home

More from Kallio and the adjacent area of Hakaniemi.

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Hakaniemen Kauppahalli, the Hakaniemi Market Hall. I really like this sort of proto-modern style. It sits at the north end of a large market square.

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A look south across the market square toward downtown; the dome in the distance is that of the Helsinki Cathedral.

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Another proto-modern building adjacent to the Kauppahalli, with these fascinating corner towers.

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Here are both buildings from the square.

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I think this was a sport center of some sort, maybe a pool or something to do with skiing. At any rate, I think the shape of the roof is somehow related to the activity inside.

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An interesting meeting of natural stone and constructed "stone."

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Kulttuuritalo (House of Culture), along Sturenkatu, which is more or less the northwestern edge of Kallio, was designed by Aalto; it was completed in 1958. It was built as, and was for decades, a headquarters for the Finnish Communist Party, but it also contains a concert hall that remains in use.

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From the tram back downtown, a shot of the Kaisaniemenlahti (Kaisaniemi Bay) from the bridge that connects Hakaniemi to downtown.

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I explored around downtown a little bit afterward and then walked home from there. Here, low sunlight on buildings on Mannerheimintie.

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There's a whole network of tunnels among the large stores and transit hubs on Mannerheimintie. Here is an adorable little trike car on display in one of them.

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One of the stores has this nice glass-roofed atrium created from a courtyard.

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Finally a view of Senaatintori and the Cathedral perched adjacent.

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...And then back by the other perched cathedral, Uspenski, here viewed from the pedestrian bridge to Katajanokka.

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Here's the canal and the late sun.

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The typically icy canalside way just past the bridge; note also the Enso building to the left.

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From the same area, a view north across the water and up Pohjoisranta (the North Shore road). The Hanasaari power station was producing this lovely steamcloud as well.