Harry Schaumans Foundation Office – Vaasa

  • Client Harry Schaumans Foundation,
  • size 1,238 sqft
  • Year 2021
  • Location Vaasa, Finland,
  • Industry Non-Profit / Government,
  • KOKO3 designed the Harry Schaumans Foundation office with a balance of historical charm and modern comfort in Vaasa, Finland.

    Kurtenia, selected as the most beautiful building in Vaasa, boasts a vibrant history. Today, the top floor of this stately building is the perfect space for a calm office environment for Harry Schaumans Stiftelse, a local foundation that supports Ostrobothnian science, education, and culture conducted in Swedish. The foundation is one of the largest private property owners in central Vaasa and plays a significant role in cityscape development.

    Design Office KOKO3 took the reins when it was time for the foundation to relocate within the building. A former apartment on the top floor was converted into a modern office space that reflects the foundation’s values and the building’s historic architecture. Inspired by the building’s stunning windows, arched shapes serve as the common thread throughout the interior. Arches, wainscoting, and polished details serve as the cornerstones of this project. A curated color palette of muted natural tones, from greyed blues to sage, linen, and straw, creates a soothing environment and a visual story that continues seamlessly from space to space. A considered display of the foundation’s art reminds visitors of local Ostrobothnian heritage and the foundation’s long history. The design, art, and original details come together in a modern yet timeless space with visual surprises that enchant both employees and guests.

    Design: KOKO3
    Photography: Christoffer Björklund