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 Oct – 21 Oct: fully booked
21 Oct – 27 Oct: approx 1 room available
24 Oct – 29 Oct: approx 2 rooms available
7 Nov – 28 Nov: approx 1 room available
11 Nov – 28 Nov: approx 1 room available
21 Nov – 28 Nov: approx 1 room available
9 Dec – 31 Dec: approx 5 rooms available

The reservation status is not updated in real-time.
Last update: 10 Oct 2019
Please make your reservation request early! We process the requests at 1-2 week intervals, and make the reservations based on the residency’s priorities (more information in Villa Eläintarha information document).


Prices / 2019

The rent for the room for one person is 38 €/night for the first 14 nights and 16 €/night thereafter. For additional persons in the room the price is 16 €/night per person. The minimum period is six nights, and minimum charge is 228 euros (tax incl.).

Prices / 2020

The rent for the room for one person is 60 €/night for the first 3 nights, 30 €/night for the following 4 nights and 16 €/night thereafter. For additional persons in the room there is a service fee of 40 € per person. The minimum period is 3 nights and minimum charge is 180 euros (tax incl.).

The maximum duration of a residency is 2 months. A visitor of a resident (such as the spouse of an artist), who sleeps in an extra bed in the same room, must be approved in advance.

Babies who have their own bed and bed linen can stay at the villa free of charge. An assistant of a disabled artist can stay in the same room in extra bed free of charge.

If there are any additional charges that occur during the residence period due to for example a lost key or damaged property, they will be invoiced in arrears.

We offer: free WIFI, towels and bed linen (one set per week).

Application procedure

If you wish to apply for a residency period at the villa, please fill in the requested dates and basic information in the ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM.
We process the requests at regular intervals. Responses will be given exclusively for enquiries submitted via the online form.

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


In addition to the 5 rooms available upstairs at Villa Eläintarha, there is one more room available for a residency downstairs (similar to Room 3).

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.