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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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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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Housing solutions for asylum seekers – Competition brief announced

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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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Finlandia Prize for Architecture awarded to a timber-framed high-rise residential building in Jyväskylä

Puukuokka. Photo by Mikko Auerniitty.

The internationally well-known Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho selected a high-rise residential building Puukuokka in Jyväskylä,  designed by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture, as the winner of the 2015 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. The prize was accepted by the building’s chief designer architect Anssi Lassila on 23 September 2015. Located in the Kuokkala district in Jyväskylä, Puukuokka was completed in 2014. It  combines affordable housing with wood construction …

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The Winner of the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2015 will be announced on 23 September

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The Finlandia Prize for Architecture will be awarded for the second time this year. The five finalists shortlisted by the pre-selection jury are: the Kangasala House cultural centre; the residential high-rise buildings at Merenkulkijanranta; the Opinmäki School; the new OKOBANK office block; and the timber-framed Puukuokka high-rise residential building. The winner will be chosen by Kaija Saariaho, a Finnish composer …

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Moreau Kusunoki Architects’ proposal wins the Guggenheim Helsinki competition

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The organisers and the 11-member jury of the open, international design competition for a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki have just announced that the winning proposal of the competition is “Art in the City” / GH-04380895, locally nicknamed as the “Beacon”.  The design team behind the winner is Moreau Kusunoki Architectes. Mark Wigley, the Chair of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design …

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Summer fun in, under and around the Säie Pavilion in Helsinki

The Säie Pavilion is located between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Museum in Helsinki. Photo: Anni Vartola.

This summer, the annual special project of Aalto University Wood Program is called Säie. The construction on the Museum of Finnish Architecture backyard experiments with wooden lattice structures and complex 3D elements. Most essentially, it will host plenty of weekly programme from yoga to concerts and workshops. The Säie Pavilion and the summer exhibition Down the Stairs to a Shady …

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The Re-Creation installation transforms the Esplanade Park into a hotspot of architecture-related activities

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There will be something architectural going on in the Esplanade Park at the heart of Helsinki centre this summer. The two, small, odd-looking structures, designed by architect Anssi Lassila (OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture) and formally titled Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture, have just been opened for public and will be on display in Helsinki’s Esplanade Park until 13 September, …

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Architizer A+ Awards 2015 Special Mention to the Biofore House by Helin & Co

Biofore House: UPM Group head office by Helin & Co Architects (2013). Photo: Marc Goodwin, by courtesy of Helin & Co.

Architect Pekka Helin and his team at Helin & Co Architects have received the Architizer A+Awards 2015 Special Mention in the Office – Mid Rise (5–15 floors) Category for their design of the Biofore House in Helsinki. The building houses the head office of the Finnish pulp, paper, timber and biofuels manufacturer UPM. Helin & Co Architects has gained a …

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