In March 2024, VillageWorks will open a new five-story, over 1,700 square meters office hotel in the heart of Helsinki. Located at Erottajankatu 2, the historical building, formerly known as the Customs House, has been vacant for a long time in a prime location in Helsinki. The property is now fully renovated, respecting its historical significance. The building is owned by the world’s largest asset management company, BlackRock, and managed by Trevian Asset Management.
The new office hotel offers flexible and modern workspace solutions, covering a quarter of the total floor area. Businesses can rent private offices for daily work or use the business lounge for remote workdays or as a representative space.
“Our new office hotel opens one of Helsinki’s most beautiful office buildings to businesses of all sizes. We aim to provide companies with a place where work is not only efficient but also comfortable, promoting employee well-being,” says VillageWorks CEO Khuong Le.
New Business Lounge is open to everyone
VillageWorks’ rented office spaces are designed specifically for teams of 2-10 people. The upper floors feature working areas, kitchens, and lounge spaces for tenants. On the first floor, there are a reception area, meeting rooms, a recovery room, and a Business Lounge open to everyone for flexible working throughout the day.
“The Business Lounge is available to tenants and external customers. It is a cozy and representative space for working, meeting clients, networking, and spending time together. The space can also be rented for events such as launch parties. We aim to serve employees who have meetings in the Helsinki city center. They can come between meetings to work in a professional environment without the same distractions as in cafes,” says VillageWorks’ Service and Development Manager Hanna Vaitti.
VillageWorks invests in the well-being of its community of 500 companies and nearly 2,000 members
The new office hotel includes a recovery room offering opportunities for relaxation, power naps, and even mindfulness exercises to enhance customer mental well-being. Additionally, VillageWorks organizes weekly yoga classes, communal breakfasts, and other regular events. Networking opportunities and the creation of new client relationships within the community are integral parts of the operation.
VillageWorks already operates eight office hotels in the Helsinki metropolitan area with approximately 500 companies. The company has been at the forefront of changing work practices, offering practical office solutions for businesses for several years. At the new Erottaja2 office hotel, work will take place surrounded by stunning architecture, in close proximity to numerous restaurants and beside a lush park – in the heart of Helsinki.
Adam Benjamin Brown, BlackRock’s Head of Real Estate Asset Management for the Nordics, warmly welcomes VillageWorks to Erottaja2. “Erottaja2 is an extremely significant historical building in Helsinki, and we are proud to contribute to its development and restoration to its former glory. A flexible office operator like VillageWorks is an excellent addition to Erottaja and complements current and future tenants perfectly. We look forward to VillageWorks opening its new flagship location at Erottaja2.”