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The Nordic Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 will discuss the so-called “Nordic Spirit” in recent architecture of Finland, Sweden and Norway. The 300 projects are exhibited under the title “In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face” and the exhibition has been thematised into three categories. Foundational exemplifies architecture that cares for basic needs; Belonging focuses on architecture that embodies or encourages public engagement; and Recognition is about architecture that reflects upon social values distinctive to the Nordic countries. The projects have been selected by David Basulto, Chilean architect and co-founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of ArchDaily with the assistance of James Taylor-Foster, British designer, researcher, writer and ArchDaily’s European Editor-at-Large.

Finland has a strong presence in the Nordic Pavilion exhibition in 2016. Four of the nine projects which have been selected for an in-depth presentation are designed by Finnish architecture firms:

  • Puukuokka Housing Block in Jyväskylä, Finland (2014) by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture;
  • Finnish Nature Centre Haltia in Espoo, Finland (2013) by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects;
  • Seinäjoki City Library in Seinäjoki, Finland (2012) by JKMM Architects; and
  • Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway (2011) by ALA Architects.

Furthermore, Finnish architectural expertise is demonstrated in the 46 projects included in the exhibition:

  • Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Wood Program: Luukku House, 2010
  • Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Wood Program: World Design Capital pavilion, 2012
  • Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Wood Program: Säie pavilion, 2015
  • ALA Architects: Kuopio Theatre Renovation & Expansion, 2014
  • ALA Architects: Lappeenranta theatre
  • alt Arkkitehdit Oy & Arkkitehtitoimisto Karsikas Oy: Ruukki health care centre, 2014
  • alt Arkkitehdit Oy & Arkkitehtitoimisto Karsikas Oy: Niemenranta school centre, 2012
  • Anttinen Oiva: Kaisa library, 2012
  • Avanto Architects: Chapel of St. Lawrence, 2010
  • B & M Architects: Kehärata railway stations (Kivistö, Leinelä, Vantaankoski), 2015
  • Casagrande laboratory: Apelle, 2013
  • Casagrande laboratory & Hans-Petter Bjørnådal (FI/NO): Nomad City, 2012
  • Heikkinen-Komonen Architects: Hämeenlinna provincial archive, 2009
  • Heikkinen-Komonen Architects: Savonlinna main library, 2013
  • Helin & Co Architects: Villa Krona, 2010
  • Helin & Co Architects: Metsä Wood Group and MELA headquarters, 2012
  • Hirvilammi Architects: A’ House, 2014
  • JKMM Architects: Saunalahti children’s house, 2011
  • JKMM Architects: OP financial group’s headquarters, 2015
  • JKMM Architects: Lahti travel centre, 2016
  • K2S Architects: Kamppi chapel of silence, 2012
  • K2S Architects: Arctia headquarters, 2013
  • K2S Architects: Hotel Paasitorni, 2012
  • Anssi Lassila: Sauna Tonttu, 2010
  • MX_SI (ES) & Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects (FI): Serlachius Art Museum / Gösta’s pavilion, 2014
  • OOPEAA: House Riihi, 2010
  • OOPEAA: Kuokkala church, 2010
  • PES-Architects: Kehärata railway stations (Aviapolis, Helsinki-Vantaa airport, Ruskearanta, Viinikkala), 2015
  • Playa Architects: Mårtensbro school, 2012
  • Playa Architects: Kotisaarenkatu housing, 2013
  • Playa Architects: Kettukallio, 2009
  • Portaali Architects & ArkOpen: Kalasatama townhouses, 2014
  • Rintala Eggertsson Architects (FI/NO): Arboretum, 2013
  • Rintala Eggertsson Architects (FI/NO): Filter, 2013
  • Rintala Eggertsson Architects (FI/NO): Høse Bridge, 2013
  • Rintala Eggertsson Architects (FI/NO): Seljord Watchtower, 2013
  • Talli Ltd: Tila housing block, 2010
  • Talli Ltd: Café Birgitta, 2014
  • Tuomas Siitonen: House M-M, 2013
  • Tuomas Siitonen: Sauna V, 2015
  • Tuomo Siitonen Architects: Helsinki courthouse, 2010
  • Tuomo Siitonen Architects: Smoke Sauna Joensuu, 2015
  • Architect Office L&M Sievänen Ltd: Onni wellness centre, 2008
  • Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects: Harjunkulma housing block, 2014
  • Verstas Architects: Saunalahti school, 2012
  • Verstas Architects: Kirkkojärvi school, 2010

The Nordic participation at the Venice architecture biennale is a collaborative project between Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, the National Museum’s Department of Architecture, Oslo, and ArkDes – the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm.

The full listing of the 300 projects is available as a pdf file here.

Collage of the four Finnish projects on display at the Nordic Pavilion: Kilden (ALA Architects, photo Iwan Baan); Puukuokka Housing Block (OOPEAA, photo Mikko Auerniitty); Finnish Nature Centre Haltia (Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, photo Mika Huisman); Seinäjoki City Library (JKMM Architects, photo Tuomas Uusheimo).

Collage of the four Finnish projects on display at the Nordic Pavilion: Kilden (ALA Architects, photo Iwan Baan); Puukuokka Housing Block (OOPEAA, photo Mikko Auerniitty); Finnish Nature Centre Haltia (Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, photo Mika Huisman); Seinäjoki City Library (JKMM Architects, photo Tuomas Uusheimo).

 

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