• Lunch with Martti

    Lunch with Martti

    Martti Kalliala (b. 1980) is among Finland’s most versatile and independent architects of the young generation. He is an internationally interesting iconoclast, known for his theoretical and controversial designs, symposiums, installations and exhibitions – as well as techno music. Currently he is analysing the proposals for the Guggenheim Helsinki architecture ... Read More »

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Open lecture course on the history of Finnish architecture starts at MFA

Kuva: Nea Ilmevalta

The Museum of Finnish Architecture and Aalto University, Department of Architecture, invite you to come and learn about the history of Finnish architecture with architect, lecturer Netta Böök at their free but intensive 2-week course starting at the museum (Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki) on Monday 16th March, 2015, at 16:15. The English-speaking lectures provide an introduction to the special features of ... Read More »

Joyful glimpse of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects’ portfolio at MFA


In March, the small gallery at the Museum of Finnish Architecture showcases the long and triumphant career of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, rightfully regarded as one of the internationally most topical Finnish architectural practice at the moment. The exhibition is titled From Competition to Implementation – Projects 1982–2015 and it does exactly what it says on the tin: reminds of ... Read More »

OOPEAA’s Suvela Chapel starts on site

Facade of the Suvela chapel / OOPEAA.

The Espoo Lutheran Church has announced that work on the new chapel in Suvela, Espoo will start this spring. The chapel is designed by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture and it is planned to open in 2016. The multi-purpose building has a gross floor area of 2.500 m² and it will serve more than 20.000 inhabitants in the area and ... Read More »

Europan 13 launched: Finnish competition sites in Espoo, Seinäjoki and Jyväskylä

Kortepohja competition area in Jyväskylä.

The 13th season of Europan architectural competitions is now open and offers three exciting competition areas in Finland for young professionals of the architectural and urban design. The generic theme is The Adaptable City 2 with three specific topics: Welfare State versus Self-organization; Segregation versus Sharing; and Object versus Project (process). The three competition areas for the Europan 13 in ... Read More »

Re-modelled gem of Finnish Art Nouveau at the Architecture on Screen film festival in New York

View towards the west end of the Finnish Pavilion at the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1900. Image by courtesy of Lily Diáz-Kommonen.

The Finnish Pavilion at the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1900, will resurrect itself on film as the Center for Architecture in New York will screen an 8-minute virtual reconstruction and documentary of the pavilion at the sixth annual Architecture on Screen festival on Friday, 27th February, 2015. The legendary pavilion was designed by the key team of Finnish Art Nouveau: ... Read More »

Phantom Pain: On healing from terrorism with architecture

Phantom Pain, sketches. Illustration: Kaleidoscope.

Emmi Keskisarja and Miia-Liina Tommila are two young Finnish architects whose Finnish-Norwegian team Kaleidoscope won the Europan 12 competition in Asker, Norway, in December 2013. Finnisharchitecture.fi presented their competition entry in our Close-Up article, but now we meet them again. We interviewed Emmi Keskisarja and Miia-Liina Tommila about their new, compelling but challenging project which they did together with Tone ... Read More »