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Finnish Architectural Review 6/2015: global village


The latest issue of the Finnish Architectural Review travels through less-known areas of architecture, from Vietnam to Taiwan and via India to Tanzania. Also more familiar countries, Japan, Switzerland and Austria, are visited. All the buildings featured in the issue are designed by Finnish architects but are located in different countries. The architect trio Hollmén Reuter Sandman designed a women’s …

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In sickness and in health – supportive architecture

Illustration of Espoo Hospital. The Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish
Association of Architects are holding an exhibition at the Museum of
Finnish Architecture showcasing hospital and health care from
the late 19th century to the present day. Photo by K2S Architects.

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 images. The exhibition also comprises lectures and discussions. Hospitals are …

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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 …

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Finnish Architectural Review 5/2015: Urban infill and Ring Rail Line

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The latest issue of the Finnish Architectural Review discusses the topical phenomena of urban planning: infill development and the growing importance of rail traffic. Last summer a new railway connection was inaugurated in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The Ring Rail Line connects the city centre with the Helsinki-Vantaa airport and opened new possibilities in the urban development of the area. The issue …

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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 …

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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 …

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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” …

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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 …

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Finnish Architectural Review 4/2015: Schools & Guggenheim


The newest issue of the Finnish Architectural Review addresses two topical themes: the Guggenheim Helsinki architectural competition, which gained a lot of media coverage during the summer, and the current domestic boom in school building, of which two impressive cases are presented. Guggenheim Helsinki is a unique urban design and museum project due to its enormous media visibility. The issue launches an extensive presentation …

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