• Local?


    Christian Norberg-Schulz defined the meanings of a place in his book Genius Loci, Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture: ” … the meanings which are gathered by a place constitute its genius loci”  and further: “Architecture means to visualize the genius loci, and the task of the architect is to create ... Read More »
  • Trees have memories – An evening with wood in Fiskars

    Trees have memories – An evening with wood in Fiskars

    This summer the big exhibition space in the former copper smithy in the Fiskars village and artist community has housed an exhibition titled WE LOVE WOOD(s)! Its curator and exhibition architect has been the Finnish architect Kirsi Gullichsen. Within the context of the exhibition, a special lecture event was organised. ... Read More »
  • The townhouse – the new Finnish dream home?

    The townhouse – the new Finnish dream home?

    The townhouse typology has mainly been cherished by urban planners and architects. The potential of the building type has been discussed in several reports, which, however, lack the residents’ perspective. Thus the objective of Aalto University’s “New Finnish Dream Home?” research was to ascertain under what conditions the townhouse typology ... Read More »
  • Jun Igarashi’s Pragmatic Poetics

    Jun Igarashi’s Pragmatic Poetics

    Now in its fifth year, the Eero Saarinen Lecture has become a welcome addition to the yearly calendar of architectural happenings in Finland as well as an important event in the tightly packed Helsinki Design Week program. Organized annually by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the lectures give an opportunity ... Read More »

Recent Posts

The School of Exile: A new book on architect Timo Penttilä (1931–2011)

View of the lobby of Helsinki City Theatre by Timo Penttilä, 1969. Photo: Kari Häkli, 1969. Photo source: www.finna.fi / CC BY-ND 4.0.

Finnish architect Timo Penttilä (1931–2011) is undoubtedly best known for the design of the Helsinki City Theatre (1960–67), a building which merges with the surrounding park landscape. A new book by Roger Connah, The School of Exile – Timo Penttilä for and against architecture theory, looks into Penttilä’s intriguing career and his peculiar role in Finnish architecture. About Timo Penttilä ... Read More »

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


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 »