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From women to women: Kwieco Shelter House by architects Hollmén – Reuter – Sandman

KWIECO Shelter House, Moshi, Tanzania. Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects / Ukumbi NGO, 2015. Photo: Juha Ilonen.

European Finland is in many ways very different from the African countries. The modus operandi of contemporary Finnish architecture has not escaped a global perspective, however – owing much to the devoted and persevering work by architects Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter and Helena Sandman. Finnisharchitecture.fi is proud to publish a set of fresh images of the first phase of their ... Read More »

The 13th Alvar Aalto Symposium will discuss the making of architecture

University of Jyväskylä (1956). Photo: © Alvar Aalto Museum / Maija Holma.

The 13th International Alvar Aalto Symposium has invited an impressive group of renowned architects who will share their motives, sources of inspiration and methods in creating architecture. According to the organisers, there will be no project presentations but diving into the world of doing and creating architecture from the perspectives of LOCAL, SOCIAL, DIGITAL and MATERIAL. This year’s keynote speakers ... Read More »

Moreau Kusunoki Architects’ proposal wins the Guggenheim Helsinki competition

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The organisers and the 11-member jury of the open, international design competition for a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki have just announced that the winning proposal of the competition is “Art in the City” / GH-04380895, locally nicknamed as the “Beacon”.  The design team behind the winner is Moreau Kusunoki Architectes. Mark Wigley, the Chair of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design ... Read More »

Summer fun in, under and around the Säie Pavilion in Helsinki

The Säie Pavilion is located between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Museum in Helsinki. Photo: Anni Vartola.

This summer, the annual special project of Aalto University Wood Program is called Säie. The construction on the Museum of Finnish Architecture backyard experiments with wooden lattice structures and complex 3D elements. Most essentially, it will host plenty of weekly programme from yoga to concerts and workshops. The Säie Pavilion and the summer exhibition Down the Stairs to a Shady ... Read More »

Materiality and the Magic of Light. Wolfgang Jean Stock on sacral architecture in Finland in the 21st century

Otaniemi Chapel by architects Heikki and Kaija Siren. Competition in 1954, completed in 1957. Photo: Marc Goodwin.

Wolfgang Jean Stock, the German historian and architecture critic and esteemed scholar of Finnish architecture, has recently published a book about Finnish churches and chapels of the 21st century. By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review 2/2015, we are proud to re-publish his article discussing contemporary religious architecture in Finland. Materiality and the Magic of Light All great Finnish architects ... Read More »

The Re-Creation installation transforms the Esplanade Park into a hotspot of architecture-related activities

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There will be something architectural going on in the Esplanade Park at the heart of Helsinki centre this summer. The two, small, odd-looking structures, designed by architect Anssi Lassila (OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture) and formally titled Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture, have just been opened for public and will be on display in Helsinki’s Esplanade Park until 13 September, ... Read More »

The Annual Rings exhibition is touring: a selection of wooden buildings now in Washington D.C.

Helsinki World Design Capital Pavilion (2011) by Pyry-Pekka Kantonen / Aalto Wood Program. Photo by Aki-Pekka Sinikoski, by courtesy of MFA.

The Annual Rings touring exhibition with 14 projects of contemporary Finnish architecture in wood from the last two decades is now on display at the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C, USA. The touring exhibition comprises of hand-picked highlights from the Annual Rings exhibition which was on display in Helsinki between 8 October 2014 and 25 January, 2015. The exhibition ... Read More »

The 1909 Nordic Meeting of Architects now included in The Guests of Hvitträsk exhibition

Eliel Saarinen, Loja Saarinen, Olga Gummerus-Ehrström and others. Photo: Cranbrook Archives.

Hvitträsk, the rural studio home of architects Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren and Herman Gesellius built between 1901–1903 in Kirkkonummi, housed many social functions and gatherings among the residents and their vast international circle of friends, colleagues, clients and acquaintances. The summer exhibition The Guests of Hvitträsk exhibits what sort of social functions took place at Hvitträsk and a gallery of ... Read More »

Here and Now: conversations with Juhani Pallasmaa now available on DVD

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The video recordings of the conversations between professor, architect and internationally acclaimed writer and lecturer Juhani Pallasmaa and architect Severi Blomstedt, are now available on DVD and on sale at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki. Two of the three video episodes have English subtitles. The Sammatti episode (58 min.) discusses architecture, creativity, visual arts, literature, philosophy and Gestalt ... Read More »