Orastus project 2015

The Orastus project changed the gallery of Vuosaari House into a greenhouse, and farming pavilions designed by Daniel Bumann and Päivi Raivio were built in the adjacent Mosaiikkitori. Residents, schools, youth centres, day care centres and care homes in the Vuosaari area participated in voluntary gardening work. Also involved in the project were the Helsinki Art Museum, Adult Education Centre, Building Control Department, local associations and Columbus Shopping Centre. Seedlings grown in the pavilions could be tasted in a salad bar run by children during the Night of the Arts.


The VuotaloFest family event was held for the first time in the autumn of 2013, bringing together the people behind the activities of Vuosaari House and local residents. The star of the festival was rap artist Mikael Gabriel, whose enthusiastic fans were waiting for him in front of Vuosaari House at five in the morning. The 2015 programme included a large number of workshops and participatory activities..

Aavikon aave – Lumileopardi

The exhibition Aavikon aave – Lumileopardi (Ghost of the Desert – Snow Leopard) was put together in association with Helsinki Zoo (Korkeasaari), which celebrated its 125th anniversary. Workshops, lectures and a charity concert with an auction, held as part of the exhibition, provided the audience with a range of experiences.


Vuosaari House has participated in the annual Satakielikuukausi (The Month of a Hundred Languages) by organising a variety of events, exhibitions and workshops. Satakielikuukausi is a festival that celebrates multilingualism and language diversity, taking place between International Mother Tongue Day (21 February) and World Poetry Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March). Examples of the festival programme at Vuosaari House include performances by poets with different first languages at Satakieliklubi and a voice installation entitled Universaaleja unia (Universal Dreams), featuring lullabies in various languages.

Matto – arjen kulttuuria

In the spring of 2016, the gallery at Vuosaari House was filled with various carpets. The exhibition Matto – arjen kulttuuria (Carpets – Part of Everyday Culture), organised jointly by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office and the Adult Education Centre, displayed photos of Vuosaari residents in their homes with carpets that are important to them, taken by photographer Liivia Pallas.

The exhibition also included a range of workshops with a carpet theme for people of all ages. Over the course of the spring, the gallery transformed into an oasis of carpets bathing in the sun.