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The Venice Biennale Golden Lion awarded to Finland – exactly 20 years ago

The experimental leisure-time studio in Puolarmaari, Espoo in 1992. Photo: Jussi Tiainen.

Finland has received the highest award at the Architecture Biennale in Venice – the Golden Lion – only once. It happened twenty years ago, in the autumn of 1996. The Leone d’oro was awarded quite unexpectedly to a group of young Finnish architects who had designed and built an unusual translucent forest studio in Espoo in Finland. “The Group”, comprised …

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The Finnish Architectural Review 3/2016: Structure, material, sustainability

Tuomo Siitonen Architects: Studio Widnäs. Photo: Rauno Träskelin.

Football and sports stadiums are venues for large audiences and great emotions. This is right now visible in the media, as the European Football Championship matches are being played out in France. Stadiums are event venues, but, at the same time, they are often displays of structurally interesting and innovative architecture. The latest issue of the Finnish Architectural Review takes …

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Our new NAVI architecture database is now open

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The Architecture Information Centre Finland has launched a brand new online service which assists you in navigating top projects of Finnish architecture. The map-based Finnish Architecture Navigator, NAVI in short, provides basic data about both the architects and the buildings’ historical details, topped with photographs and architectural drawings. You can share the projects on Facebook and Twitter and bookmark your …

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Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2016 exhibition now open

The Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2016 exhibition

Fifteen impressive examples of latest Finnish architecture are now exhibited under the title Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2016. The selection can be viewed online in our new Finnish Architecture Navigator aka Navi or by visiting the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki between 15 June and 2 October, 2016. The exhibition highlights include the Opinmäki School and Learning Centre by Esa Ruskeepää (Espoo, 2015), …

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Wow! That euphoric feeling! An anniversary interview with Juha Leiviskä

Juha Leiviskä

Juha Leiviskä, who turned 80 this March, has had a stressful spring. The media has been bugging him for his opinion on the big questions facing architecture, though his head is still reeling from an arduous trip to London. The Architectural Review had invited Leiviskä to assess numerous sacral buildings for the AR Faith Awards. — It was shocking. During …

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Meet the Makers of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: ALA Architects

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ALA Architects participates in the Nordic pavilion exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Their In Focus project is their breakthrough design for the Kilden Performing Arts Centre which was completed in Kristiansand, Norway, in 2011. We talked with ALA’s founding partners Samuli Woolston, Juho Grönholm and Antti Nousjoki about their interpretations and expectations of the Venice Biennale …

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Meet the Makers of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: JKMM Architects

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JKMM Architects is one of the Finnish participants at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. Their amazing design for the new Seinäjoki City Library (2012) is exhibited among the In Focus projects of the Nordic pavilion exhibition “In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face”. Our Meet the Makers series continues with an interview with three of the four founding partners: Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu …

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Words of Wisdom: National – International by Alvar Aalto (1967)

Alvar Aalto studies the model of Zürich Altstetten parish centre in 1967.

The curator of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Alejandro Aravena, has called for architects to address architecture’s social power. In response to this mission, many of the exhibitions at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale are presenting themes, projects and strategies that have both great national significance and potentially global impact. Alvar Aalto (1898–1972) wrote a commentary titled “National – International” for a special …

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