Villa Eläintarha




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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 three days 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 seven individually decorated single rooms. Five of them feature an additional sofa-bed or an additional 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!


Prices / 2023

The rent for the room for one person is 60 €/night for the first 3 nights, 30 €/night for the following 4 nights and 18 €/night thereafter. For additional persons in the room there is a service fee of 40 € per person per week. 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.

Young children stay at the villa free of charge. An assistant of a disabled artist can stay in the same room with an 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.

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 are two more rooms available for a residency downstairs (similar to rooms 3 and 5).

Travel to Helsinki

HIAP is dedicated to reduce the environmental impact of the organisation’s activities. Therefore we encourage the residents and our partner organisations to arrange travel to Helsinki via land or sea. More information on the convenient travel routes to Helsinki can be found here.

Arrival to the Villa & House Rules

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


To check availability or apply for a residency please fill in the online enquiry form found above.

For other matters contact:

Dana Neilson
Villa Eläintarha Residency Coordinator
+358 45 319 4742