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State Office Building

Kirkkokatu 1-3

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, post-war construction in Finland focused on reconstruction and compensation for war damage. For example, many public construction projects were only implemented later in the 1950s. At the same time, functional thinking emphasised the clarity and functionality of construction. The State Office Building, which was built in Kirkkokatu in 1957 and 1958 – and which later became the police station – is a building appropriate for its day. Georg Wikström was responsible for its planning at the National Board of Public Building. In 2018, the police station was given a new look when the Dutch artist Leon Keer made a mural on the southern wall of the building in connection with the UPEA18 art festival.