The club room of a Heka building is like a second living room

These days, club rooms are built for all of Heka’s new properties, and they have also been set up for older properties afterwards. There are a total of about 500 club rooms, and the building committee decides on the use of the room.

Written by Anne Ventelä Photos by Ville Rinne

When you are looking for someone to chat with, some light exercise or some treats, just head to the club room. This is at least the case at Metsäpurontie 13 in Maunula.

For 19 years, the building’s club room has hosted everything from building committee meetings and karaoke nights to christenings and memorial services.

There you can also often find Tanja Sjöstedt, the chairperson of the building committee, who has been living in the building for 48 years. When the space was vacated by a business that had been operating in it, Sjöstedt collected a list of names from her neighbours, requesting a club room.

The sky is the limit when it comes to the use of the club room

These days, club rooms are built for all of Heka’s new properties, and they have also been set up for older properties afterwards. There are a total of about 500 club rooms, and the building committee decides on the use of the room. At new and renovated properties, the residents can vote between three options for the interior design of the club room.

At the club room, you get to know your neighbours.

Sjöstedt can offer some good ideas. Over the years, the club room at Metsäpurontie 13 has hosted weekly children’s clubs, adults’ exercise and craft clubs and children’s discos. The room is used for feeding hungry neighbours during spring and autumn work bees, and people have gathered there for Christmas porridge and New Year’s receptions.

– We have cooked wieners in a 10-litre pot, Sjöstedt says.

The children of the building come to the club room at other times as well.

– I often go there and check that everything is fine. At those times, the children of the building come to the door. They know that I have biscuits, juice or ice cream bars there.

Heka’s club rooms

  • Activities are planned by the residents, and the premises can also be reserved for private use by contacting the building committee.
  • Typical events include building committee meetings and Christmas and Midsummer parties.
  • Possibility to hold such events as birthdays, flea markets and clubs for the residents.