Aalto University: A human-friendly, giant insect hotel emerged in the middle of the city


Alusta is a meeting place based on Maiju Suomi’s and Elina Koivisto’s idea, built in central Helsinki in the courtyard between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Museum.

One goal of Alusta pavilion is to reconnect humans and nature by offering shelter and food to pollinators in the middle of the city.

The pavilion was named after the notion of often having to think things over from the beginning, i.e “alusta”, as they say in Finnish. The word also denotes a platform, in this case for environmental discussion, collaboration, and different events.

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