Nordic ID – Contemporary Nordic Architecture is an exhibition which was first produced by Project Baltia for the 3rd Moscow Architecture Biennale in 2012. The exhibition showcases selected projects from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Norway – five projects from each country – that somehow express contemporary regional identity. The 25 Nordic IDs have now been transported to Riga, Latvia where it is on display at the Latvian Museum of Architecture between 11 September and 11 November 2014. Project Baltia is an architecture journal covering Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and North-West Russia.
The Finnish contribution was curated by architect Tuomas Toivonen and inludes the following projects:
- Opinmäki School by Esa Ruskeepää Architects
- Kaisa House of the Helsinki University Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects
- Kilden Performing Arts Centre by ALA Architects
- Villa Mecklin by Huttunen Lipasti Pakkanen Architects
- Talsinki Island by architect Martti Kalliala.
These works are all debut projects of sorts by the first generation of Finnish architects who grew up, studied and matured in a truly international context. While the domestic education emphasized an ongoing modernist project, and a path of critical regionalism, the exposure to other architectural traditions – through travelling, studying and working abroad – has forced them to choose their own luggage.
The work by these architects has a relation to the local architectural climate, but is considered also in a global context, both in the terms of an international market for architecture, but belonging to a new, networked global architectural generation, together defining the new contemporary. Their mondialité is an amalgam – an architecture, universally appealing and locally grounded, that allows for a multiplicity of interpretations and spanning diverse categories.
– Tuomas Toivonen, curator