West Terminal 2 is part of the Twin Port project of the Harbours of Helsinki and Tallinn, where harbours operations are being developed with new investments in both – freight and passenger transport areas. Normek Oy participated in the project by implementing the high quality steel frame of the building and challenging glass facades ordered by YIT Rakennus Oy.
The modern, exceptionally distinctive design of the terminal resembles a water jet aircraft from above. The building has a total of 6,200 square meters of glass. With its unique design it may also be seen as a huge glass sculpture. Normek designed, delivered and installed the glass facades of the terminal as a whole including the 350 meter passenger corridors and 20 meter high terminal building glass facades as well as sliding and exterior doors.
The special shape of the building brought challenges from the design point of view. Based on Tuomas Silvennoinen’s architectural plan Normek Oy created its own drawings of the façade implementation. Glazing profiles, metrics and manufacturing instructions were delivered to subcontractors. While the elements were completed in accordance to the design Normek started the installation phase on the construction site. The steel frame was manufactured in Normek’s own factories in Oulu, Naarajärvi and Alavuus. Massive deliveries were handled by fast and reliable logistics.