• Finnish architectural expertise recognized in Iran

    Finnish architectural expertise recognized in Iran

    The Finnish Komitu Architects have received an international Energy Globe Award for their youth center project in Cambodia. The award was presented in Tehran on 19 January 2016. The Kouk Khleang Youth Center designed and implemented by Komitu Architects was completed in January 2014. It is located on the outskirts ... Read More »
  • Rasmus Wærn in Architecture Speaks on Wednesday 27th January, 2016

    Rasmus Wærn in Architecture Speaks on Wednesday 27th January, 2016

    The intriguing Architecture Speaks lecture series composed by the newly appointed professor of architectural principles and theory Jenni Reuter at the Aalto University Department of Architecture will open with two lectures by Rasmus Wærn on Wednesday 27th January, 2016. The morning lecture at 10:00 at the Aalto Department of Architecture ... Read More »
  • Architecture can bring people together

    Architecture can bring people together

    Indian architect Rahul Mehrotra believes that through his work he can eliminate barriers between different groups of people. He was one of the speakers at this year’s Alvar Aalto Symposium. “You cannot be an architect in India, unless you are also a humanist,” says architect Rahul Mehrotra (b. 1959). He ... Read More »
  • In sickness and in health – supportive architecture

    In sickness and in health – supportive architecture

    As part of its series on architectural competitions, the Museum of Finnish Architecture is holding an exhibition on the history of buildings designed for cure and care in Finland in its two halls until 5 June 2016. The material consists of drawings, photographs and texts as well as models and moving ... Read More »

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Hanna Harris Appointed Director of The Architecture Information Centre Finland

Hanna Harris is the new director of the Architecture Information Centre Finland. Photo by Aleksi Niemelä.

Hanna Harris has been appointed as the Director of the Architecture Information Centre Finland. Her term begins on 15.2.2016 when the current director Tiina Valpola retires. Valpola will continue to serve the Centre in an advisory capacity. The Architecture Information Centre Finland (Arkkitehtuurin tiedotuskeskus) began its operations in 2013 as an organisation providing expertise, establishing collaborative opportunities and acting as an intermediary in its ... Read More »

Verstas Architects land 2015 Finnish State Prize for Architecture with high-quality and ambitious school design

Verstas architects: Jussi Palva, Ilkka Salminen, Väinö Nikkilä, Riina Palva. Photo by OKM / Katarina Koch.

The National Council for Architecture, Design and Environmental Arts awarded the 2015 Finnish State Prize for Architecture to Verstas Architects. “The success of the Finnish school system is based not just on pedagogical quality but also on exceptionally high-quality new school architecture. Some of the most successful and inspiring school architects in Finland in recent years include Väinö Nikkilä, Jussi ... Read More »

Theatre is evolving – how will theatre houses keep up?

Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway designed by ALA architects. Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo.

For quite some time now, theatre has been seeking to expand outside of the traditional stages of theatre houses into old industrial facilities, boiler rooms or any other spaces that could support a new form of expression. Everything has already been seen, even restrooms have been used for performances. What will theatre be in the future and where will it ... Read More »

Architecture and Music: Finnish Examples

Photos by Daniele Raffaelli

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), which has been celebrated throughout Finland and abroad, including Italy. This provided me, as an architect and curator specialized in the promotion of Finnish architecture and design in Italy, with the opportunity to organize a seminar in Rome titled “Architecture and Music: Finnish Examples” ... Read More »

Housing solutions for asylum seekers – Competition brief announced

Picture: Aino Salmi

From Border to Home – Housing solutions for asylum seekers The Museum of Finnish Architecture, in collaboration with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), is organizing an open architectural competition for the design of temporary housing for asylum-seekers awaiting a decision on their refugee status. The proposals are intended to serve as a temporary solution prior to their finding permanent ... Read More »



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 meaningful places, whereby he helps man to dwell.”  Tadao Ando ... Read More »

Finlandia Prize for Architecture awarded to a timber-framed high-rise residential building in Jyväskylä

Puukuokka. Photo by Mikko Auerniitty.

The internationally well-known Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho selected a high-rise residential building Puukuokka in Jyväskylä,  designed by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture, as the winner of the 2015 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. The prize was accepted by the building’s chief designer architect Anssi Lassila on 23 September 2015. Located in the Kuokkala district in Jyväskylä, Puukuokka was completed in 2014. It  combines affordable housing with wood construction ... Read More »

The townhouse – the new Finnish dream home?

Näyttökuva 2015-9-22 kello 10.49.52

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 could respond to the housing needs of different kinds of ... Read More »

Jun Igarashi’s Pragmatic Poetics

Jun Igarashi gives the Eero Saarinen Honorary Lecture at the L3 Design Dock on Jätkäsaari. Jun Igarashi on the left, interpreter Satoshi Ohtaki on the right. Image courtesy of the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

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 for young architects practicing outside of Finland to speak about ... Read More »