Rewell Center Info
Rewell Center 1st flor
tel. 06 317 6514 / 050 325 5995
Kiinteistö Oy Rewell Galleria
Susanna Spak, Managing Director
tel. +358 (0) 20 780 7029
Hannele Kyrönlahti, tel. 050 369 4456
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The history of Rewell Center
The planning and designing of the building that now forms Rewell Center begun in the mid 1950’s by Vaasa born architect, Viljo Revell. He was born in 1910, and studied in Helsinki. He has designed various well known landmarks, such as the Lasipalatsi and Makkaratalo in Helsinki, and the Town Hall in Toronto. In Vaasa, Revell has designed the Town Hall and many apartment building at Rantakatu and Hietalahti.
Vaasa market square at the 1960’s. Picture: the Ostrobothnian Museum
The actual construction of the buildings forming Rewell Center started in 1959. Initially, the buildings stood at the sides of the block, leaving the center as an open area shielded from cars by the buildings. The lower floors were utilized by a department store, and the upper floors were used as offices, hotel rooms and flats. Also, an underground carpark was built. The complex was finished by 1964, and at the time there was no comparison to its’ size. The complex was named as Revell’s Center.
Original inner court of Rewell Center. Picture: the Ostrobothnian Museum
In the 1980’s the plans for covering the open center area begun, and in the beginning of the 90’s it was covered by a glass roof. Since then, the building has officially been called Rewell Center. Over the years, the amount of shops and restaurants in the Rewell Center complex has grown significantly, and also, the entrances and interior has gone through a thorough re-furbishment.
Nowadays Rewell Center is the landmark of Vaasa and well known among the people in the area.
The portrait of Viljo Revell.
Rewell Center 2010. Picture: Veli Rauhala
Source: Viljo Revell 100- years.