The industrial town block of Arabia is one of the largest building entities in Helsinki. The Arabia porcelain mill was built in several stages, starting in the 1870s. The implemen-
tation of the Arabia Gallery is based on the winning entry of a competition arranged in 1998.

The core space of Arabia Gallery is the new tall and narrow gallery, which with its glass walls and roof splits the entire block. The main gallery level contains the factory shop of Arabia, facilities for art and design businesses as well as a lobby cafeteria. The three upper floors contain mainly office facilities.

Large glass roofed internal courtyards contain exhibition spaces and the media-
theque of the Aralis library centre, and can also be accessed from the gallery.

The renovated facilities deliberately show traces of the earlier construction stages, with the different stages visible in many places.