• Suvela Chapel by OOPEAA – Office for Peripheral Architecture shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Photo: Mika Huisman

    Three Finnish projects among the Mies van der Rohe Award finalists!

    The Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced today the shortlist of 40 projects competing for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Finland has an amazing three finalists: Opinmäki School by Esa Ruskeepää and two projects by Anssi Lassila’s OOPEAA, Suvela Chapel and Puukuokka Housing Block. Only France, Portugal …

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The Venice Biennale Golden Lion awarded to Finland – exactly 20 years ago

The experimental leisure-time studio in Puolarmaari, Espoo in 1992. Photo: Jussi Tiainen.

Finland has received the highest award at the Architecture Biennale in Venice – the Golden Lion – only once. It happened twenty years ago, in the autumn of 1996. The Leone d’oro was awarded quite unexpectedly to a group of young Finnish architects who had designed and built an unusual translucent forest studio in Espoo in Finland. “The Group”, comprised …

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Our new NAVI architecture database is now open

Finnish Architecture Navigator screen capture

The Architecture Information Centre Finland has launched a brand new online service which assists you in navigating top projects of Finnish architecture. The map-based Finnish Architecture Navigator, NAVI in short, provides basic data about both the architects and the buildings’ historical details, topped with photographs and architectural drawings. You can share the projects on Facebook and Twitter and bookmark your …

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Venice Biennale: Searching for Architectural Solutions to support Migrants and Refugees

Venice Biennale 2016 German Pavilion Migration

With approximately one in seven people today being a migrant – in 2014 there were 250 million international and 750 million internal migrants – migration is naturally one of the key themes in the Venice Biennale 2016. The Finnish pavilion addresses the topic with the From Border to Home exhibition displaying results of last fall’s design competition aiming at finding …

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Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2016 exhibition now open

The Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2016 exhibition

Fifteen impressive examples of latest Finnish architecture are now exhibited under the title Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2016. The selection can be viewed online in our new Finnish Architecture Navigator aka Navi or by visiting the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki between 15 June and 2 October, 2016. The exhibition highlights include the Opinmäki School and Learning Centre by Esa Ruskeepää (Espoo, 2015), …

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Venice Biennale 2016: Discussions on the Refugee Situation at The Finnish Pavilion


During the Biennale period between 28 May – 27 November 2016 the Finnish Pavilion will act as an event platform. Two public discussions will be organized; one in July and the second one in the fall, as well as various events organized by the winning competition teams. The event program started already on the first public opening day of the …

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