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A rare view of Nokia's home turf (pictures)

CNET takes a tour through Nokia's headquarters in Espoo, Finland, and heads north to an R&D facility in Tampere.

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Welcome to Nokia House

Nokia's headquarters in Espoo, Finland, is known as Nokia House, or NoHo, and is the centerpiece of an industrial park on the bay. It's about a 10-minute drive from the center of neighboring Helsinki.
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Grand Nokia entrance

Walk in the main entrance, and you're greeted to a unique waiting area with an expansive view of the bay and the Helsinki skyline.
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Open-air design

NoHo has three connected buildings which share the same atrium open-air design. The building is an impressive mixture of glass, steel, and wood.
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Sitting on the bay

Nokia House sits on the Keilaniemi Bay and spans three structures.
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Natural light -- when it's around

The large skylights mean a lot of natural light filters into the building. Unfortunately, Finland at this time of year sees the sun come up late in the morning and set excessively early in the afternoon, making for a dark building.
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A glimpse into the Nokia offices

Nokia didn't let me into the main working areas of the office, so I had to settle with a bit of stealth photography to get my peek.
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One long hall

This hallway and the one above connect all three buildings, so no one has to brave the elements to get from one place to another.
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Lounging with Nokia

The Finnish have been known to be reserved in their show of enthusiasm. Naturally, Nokia hedges its mission statement a little bit in the entrance of its lounge/product showcase.
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A colorful history of phones

The Nokia lounge features a bulk of the notable cell phones in its history. Notably, the lipstick cell phone, the N-Gage cellular and handheld gaming device, and a few bulky old suitcase cell phones were on display.
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Futuristic kiosk

By the lounge is this kiosk and display, which looks like something out of the movie "Tron."
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Nokia at night

The Nokia blue shines through from its logo at night. This picture was taken at 8 a.m. local time.
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A visit to Tampere

Tampere, in northern Finland, houses its R&D facilities and works on projects such as the PureView cameras. On display here is a reminder of where it came from, a giant classic candy bar phone.
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Torture test

Because of the sensitive nature of the work here, I could only get limited photos of the facility. Shown here is a Lumia PureView 808 mounted and ready for a drop test. That office also tested its ability to handle rain drops and excessive cold. Corrected at 7:03 a.m. PT: to change the name of the phone that was tested. It was originally and incorrectly labeled as a Lumia 820.
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One quiet office

The Tampere offices in particular were fairly quiet. Shown here is the central cafeteria at the base of one of the buildings. It was already 3 p.m., however, so it's not surprising that no one was down eating.

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