• The Schildts' home in Greece, Villa Kolkis. photo: Magnus Lindberg

    Two summer exhibitions in memory of Göran Schildt

    The 100th anniversary of author Göran Schildt‘s (1917–2009) birth is celebrated this year in the beautiful coastal town of Tammisaari*. Next to the seaside park there is Villa Skeppet designed by Alvar Aalto for the Schildts as well as an old yellow wooden house known as Villa Schildt. This summer, …

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

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

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 and the UK – still member of the EU – …

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10 Finnish nominees for the Mies van der Rohe Award – and victory in the number of nominations per office!

Suvela Chapel is one of OOPEAA's three nominations for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. Photo: Marc Goodwin / Archmospheres

The Finnish office OOPEAA made it to the 2017 edition of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture with three projects. The 40-project shortlist selected from the 356 nominees will be published on Jan. 30, and the winner of the biannual award will be announced in April. The three nominated projects by architect Anssi Lassila’s office OOPEAA – Office for …

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The Finnish Pavilion’s exhibition presented architectural solutions for asylum-seekers at the Venice Biennale

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From Border to Home presented an exhibition accompanied by a blog and events, highlighting the results of an international architectural competition in which entrants were asked to come up with creative solutions for the temporary accommodation of asylum-seekers, while also yielding long-term benefits to the community in years to come. The Venice Biennale ended on November 27, 2016. A review …

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Arkkitehtityöhuone APRT´s Spectator Stand and Multipurpose Building ‘Railo’ awarded Finlandia Prize for Architecture

Spectator Stand and Multipurpose Building Railo in Rovaniemi. Image Aaro Artto

The winner of the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2016 selected by former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen is the spectator stand and multipurpose building ‘Railo’ in the Sports Arena in Rovaniemi, northern Finland. Completed in 2015, the structure located near the city centre was designed by Arkkitehtityöhuone APRT Oy. The prize was received by the chief architect Aaro Artto at a …

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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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