Hanko was established in 1874 as a result of Finland needing a winter harbour. The town grew at a rapid pace, and the all year round harbour combined with Finland’s finest spa made Hanko a town of the future. Some of Hanko´s most famous buildings have been designed by well-known architects such as Lars Sonck, Theodor Höjer, Jac Ahrenberg, Valdemar Aspelin and Armas Lindgren. In 1955 Hyvon Kudeneule Ltd was established in Hanko in a factory building designed by Viljo Revell. In the same year the building was voted the world’s most beautiful factory building by an Italian architecture magazine.