ALA’s Helsinki Central Library project proceeds

ALA Architects: Helsinki Central Library, scale model.

The Helsinki City Council has approved the project plans for the Central Library on its meeting on 28th January, 2015. ALA Architects’ library designs are based on the winning entry of an open architectural competition held in 2013. More information about the library architecture on ALA’s website: www.ala.fi/works/project/151-keskustakirjasto. More information about the library concept on the Helsinki Central Library project …

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Europe City seminar on schools as public spaces at MFA on Wednesday 4 Feb 2015

Verstas Architects: Saunalahti School, Espoo (2012). Photo: Andreas Meichsner.

The Museum of Finnish Architecture invites to participate in a forthcoming Europe City seminar that discusses schools as public urban space.  How can school buildings serve the public as a venue for community meetings and recreational activities? The seminar will take place at the Museum in Helsinki on Wednesday 4th February, 2015 at 14:00–16:00. The event language is English, admission is …

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Esa Ruskeepää chosen to design Bildungshaus Wolfsburg in Germany

Esa Ruskeepää Architects. Bildunghaus Wolfsburg, view from Klieversberg Park.

Architect Esa Ruskeepää has been chosen to design the new city library and education centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. The 16 500 m2 Bildungshaus will be located by the Klieversberg Park close to the Wolfsburg Kulturhaus designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962; and across from Hans Scharoun’s City Theatre from 1973 on the other side of the park. Esa Ruskeepää (b. …

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Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2014 now on display in Jyväskylä

JKMM Architects. Seinäjoki City Library "Apila". Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

The selected highlights of the most recent Finnish architecture – Finnish Architecture. Biennial Review 2014 – are now exhibited in Jyväskylä. The exhibition is open at the Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery during 23 January – 15 March 2015. After Jyväskylä, the many-sided exhibition, which was launched at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki in June 2014, will travel abroad. …

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JKMM’s designs for the new Amos Anderson Art Museum premises revealed

The new museum designed by JKMM Architects in Lasipalatsi. Image source: Amos Anderson Art Museum.

The distinguished Finnish art institution, The Amos Anderson Art Museum, has published the plans for its new premises designed by JKMM Architects. The new museum venues will be located in and below the gem of Finnish functionalism, the Lasipalatsi building (1936) in the heart of Helsinki. The exhibition spaces have been placed underneath the existing Lasipalatsi square which will be …

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The renovated Didrichsen Art Museum is flourishing in Revell’s architecture

The Didrichsen Art Museum, 2014. Photo: Rauno Träskelin.

The Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki has turned a new leaf. After repair and alteration works the museum reopened with an Edvard Munch exhibition. Paula Holmila writes about the renovated museum in the newest Finnish Architectural Review 6/2014. A Thriving Private Museum Paula Holmila The Didrichsen Art Museum has reopened after extensive refurbishment that aimed to make the museum more …

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Finnish Architectural Review 6/2014: Art Museums

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This year private art museums have been topical in Finland: Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion was opened in Mänttä, Amos Andersson Art Museum is planning new premises in the centre of Helsinki, and the small Didrichsen Art Museum renovated its premises originally designed by Viljo Revell and reopened with an Edvard Munch exhibition. In the Finnish media, however, all this has …

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“Ovation for a Finnish reprise”, says A10’s newest cover

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The cross-european architecture magazine A10 seems to be impressed by the restoration and extension of Kuopio City Theatre by ALA Architects. The project has made it to the cover of A10’s newest issue #61/2015. The review is written by A10’s long-term Finnish correspondent, architect Tarja Nurmi. Further project information is available at ALA Architects’ office website. Further information about A10: …

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A daydreamer’s dream: Kaisa House by AOA featured at AR

Kaisa House, Helsinki University main library , Helsinki. Anttinen Oiva Architects, 2012. Photo: Archinfo /AV.

The Architectural Review has visited the new Kaisa House, students’ library of the University of Helsinki, designed by Anttinen Oiva Architects. Tom Wilkinson’s perceptive and competent critique explores the building and discusses the city of Helsinki where “the wonderful Aalto and the lamentable Holl have both built weirdly” and where “the Finns may soon get what they really don’t want …

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ALA’s Juho Grönholm interviewed at Architizer

Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway (ALA Architects 2012). Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

Architizer has had a quick and witty word with architect Juho Grönholm, one of the founding partners of ALA Architects. ALA won Architizer’s Jury Award for the Theaters & Performing Arts Centers category with Kilden in 2014. Read more about Juho’s thoughts on “Famous Finns and Finding Inspiration in Kindergarten” at architizer.com/blog/aaward-winner-qa-juho-gronholm-on-emotion-kindergarten-inspirations-and-alas-dream-client.

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