Aurubis Copper afloat

A technically innovative floating restaurant in a prominent Helsinki location is characterised by a facade clad in Nordic Standard copper from Aurubis, alongside extensive glazing.

Designed by architect Simo Freese, the 200-seat ‘Meripaviljonki’ restaurant is the first floating public building in Finland. Its raft is connected to two giant tripod anchor piles by a rectangular, swinging arm ensuring that there is no detectable movement for visitors on board. The pontoon below the raft contains all the HVAC installations and a novel solution has been found for connecting these to land-side infrastructure below the entrance bridge, able to accommodate a 2.4m variation in sea level.

The Nordic Standard copper facade references the famous, neighbouring 1960s “Round House” and recognises the material’s sustainability credentials, long-life, durability, minimal maintenance and beautiful natural patination. Copper also announces the main entrance lobby and is used to form lettering for the restaurant’s illuminated sign. The floating building is an eye-catching, modern addition to the Art Nouveau Helsinki Workers’ House, adding to the historical cityscape of downtown Helsinki.

Nordic Standard is produced by Aurubis, part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler. In addition to Nordic Standard, other Aurubis Architectural surfaces include Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper with either light or dark brown oxidisation that otherwise takes time to develop in the environment. Various Nordic Green and Nordic Blue factory-applied patinas have also been developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world.

Aurubis copper alloys include Nordic Brass – now also available pre-weathered – Nordic Bronze and the innovative Nordic Royal with a long-lasting golden colour. For more information on Nordic Bronze and other Aurubis products visit: or email: g.bell(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)