Arabianranta is a city district in Helsinki known for its creative attitude and innovative housing. The district's unique name dates back to the 18th century, when the outlying areas of towns were often named after places in the Bible. It’s also where Arabia got its name, even though you would think it was the beloved ceramics brand that inspired the area’s exotic name.
Today Arabianranta is a cultural oasis, with art, design and gardening destinations for everyone. In fact, the area has one of the biggest collections of public art in Finland, with nearly 300 works of art, some as small as postage stamps, some as big as apartment houses, on display. In the spring, Arabianranta hosts the biggest street art and sustainable living event in Finland.
Besides the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, other must-see attractions in the area are the Tapio Wirkkala Park and Annala Horticultural Society. Designed by acclaimed American artist Robert Wilson, the park celebrates the works and legacy of the late Tapio Wirkkala, one of Finland’s greatest designers.
A haven for green thumbs, the Annala Horticultural Society is open to the public year-round and has its own nursery, where you can buy seasonal plants and flowers. The society also organizes public events and workshops around organic and sustainable gardening.