We’ve told lots of stories where things like water towers, barns or factories became apartments or residence but we never came across an apartment which was once a bank. Today that changes. We found this great place in Helsinki, Finland. The building used to be a bank. It then became an insurance company and later it was transformed into Apartment Bulevardi 1. The project was developed by Saukkonen+Partners.
There are still elements that link the apartments to its history
There are many challenges during the project. The biggest of them all was removing the think steel door to the bank vault. It had to be cut into small pieces. The former vault is now a library.
The library was once the bank’s vault and it has solid steel doors
The apartment measures a total of 2,368 square feet (220 square meters). It only has one bedroom and one bathroom. Following Scandinavian tradition, the architects designed the bathroom with a sauna. In addition to the area already described, the apartment also has a functional kitchen, a large living room also a smoking room with strong ventilation.