Villa Eläintarha

Villa Eläintarha is an artist residency in a wooden villa in the centre of Helsinki, next to Töölönlahti bay. The minimum duration of a residency is one week and the maximum two months.

The reservations for Villa Eläintarha are coordinated by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. In the selections production residencies (residencies that aim for a realisation or presentation of a piece of work in Helsinki) are prioritized. HIAP does not provide support for the realisation of projects or for local networking, this support is provided by the organisations that invite the residents (festivals, galleries, museums, etc).

The residencies can also be applied by individual artists who don’t have an inviting organisation.

The residency is made possible with the support from the City of Helsinki and is developed further in dialogue with the city.



Villa Eläintarha is located in Tokoinranta, near Töölönlahti bay. The vicinity of the bay and a peaceful park around the villa ensure a pleasant and quiet living environment. The busy Hakaniemi marketplace with shops and versatile transport connections is located only a five-minute walk from the villa. The main railway station is about a kilometre away and is easily accessible on foot.

The facilities in the villa offer residents a home-like environment. There are six individually decorated single rooms. Four of them feature an additional sofa-bed.

The price of the rooms includes bed linen and towels. The residents share a living room equipped with a television, two bathrooms with shower, two toilets and a kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped for the residents to cook their meals. A washing machine and a tumble dryer are also available.

The villa has a broadband internet connection. No pets are allowed in the house.

Read about the history of the Villa Eläintarha and the surrounding area here!

Reservation status

Reservation status for autumn 2019:
1 Aug – 16 Sept: fully booked
16 Sept – 21 Oct: approx 3-4 rooms available
21 Oct – 4 Nov: approx 1-2 rooms available
4 Nov – 13 Nov: approx 4 rooms available
13 Nov – 21 Nov: approx 1 room available
21 Nov – 3 Dec: approx 5 rooms available
3 Dec – 9 Dec: approx 3 rooms available
9 Dec – 31 Dec: approx 6 rooms available

Status updated on 22 August 2019. Please make your reservation request early! We process the requests on 1-2 week intervals, and make the reservations based on the residency’s priorities (more information in Villa Eläintarha information document).

Application procedure

Please fill in the requested dates and other basic information in the ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM. We normally process the requests once per month.

Information about pricing and essential guidelines about the residency can be found at VILLA ELÄINTARHA INFORMATION DOCUMENT.

In case of any unclear issues, please get in touch with us at

Travel to Helsinki

HIAP is dedicated to reduce the environmental impact of the organisation’s activities. Therefore we would encourage the residents and our partner organisations to arrange the travel to Helsinki via land or sea. We will soon have more information about the convenient travel routes to Helsinki on our website.

Arrival to the Villa & House Rules

Coming to Villa Eläintarha?
Check the arrival instructions and read the House Rules.