Friday, April 30, 2010


The design of the Maritime Centre Vellamo, built in Kotka in autumn 2007, was based on the winning entry HYÖKY (surge) in a general architectural competition. In July 2007 some events of The Tall Ships' Races take place in the building, which opened to the public in 2008. The form of the building leads visitors from the city centre to the old port gradually transforming into a port of culture. The Maritime Centre, a noteworthy institution even on the international scale, is the first building of the port of culture and constitutes its functional keystone. The outward appearance – its abstract interpretation of a large wave as well as the facade echoing the rippling shimmer of water – evokes marine images. The principal users of the building are the Maritime Museum of Finland and the Provincial Museum of Kymenlaakso. The library will also accommodate collections of two university libraries. The lobby area will be surrounded by an auditorium as well as spaces for teaching and seminars serving as a functional framework for concerts and congresses. The exhibition spaces are planned as flexible as possible.
The Maxim Card shows the same Wooden Boat Centre. The stamp on the card is the stamp of the Centre. It was issued on 4th March 2010. It was very nice of Ella to send it to me, as only 200 of these maximum cards have been released. Thank you Ella.

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