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Interview with Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano: Architects and the secret hidden agenda

Arvo Pärt Centre, Laulasmaa, Estonia. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, 2014–15. Project image by courtesy of the architects.

The Alvar Aalto Medal, presented during the recent Architecture Day seminar on 3 February, 2015, was this time awarded to the Spanish architect couple Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano. Architects Francesc Palomeras and Tiia Ettala interviewed the awardees in Hotel Klaus K in Helsinki before attending the award ceremony. This interview is a translation of the text “Arkkitehdit ja salainen missio”, …

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New Finnish brick architecture featured in Italian Costruire in Laterizio February 2015 issue

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Costruire in Laterizio, an Italian brick architecture and construction magazine, dedicates its February 2015 issue #161 to new Finnish brick architecture. The magazine features schools and housing designs by Oopeaa and Serum Architects, Alt Architects, Playa Architects, Architects Hannunkari & Mäkipaja, Verstas Architects and Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects Ltd. The presented projects exemplify creative use of brick especially in facade design and …

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Finnish expertise shortlisted for the A+ Awards 2015: vote for your favourites now

Mika Huisman's fabulous photos of the Seinäjoki Library (JKMM Architects, 2012) compete in the Architecture +Photography & Video category.

Architizer global online platform for architects and architecture has announced its shortlist for the A+ Awards 2015. Mika Huisman’s stunning photographs of the Seinäjoki Library (JKMM Architects, 2012) compete in the Architecture +Photography & Video category; and ALA Architects‘ renovation and extension design for the Kuopio City Theatre competes in the Hall / Theatre typology category. The public voting period …

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OOPEAA’s Suvela Chapel starts on site

Facade of the Suvela chapel / OOPEAA.

The Espoo Lutheran Church has announced that work on the new chapel in Suvela, Espoo will start this spring. The chapel is designed by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture and it is planned to open in 2016. The multi-purpose building has a gross floor area of 2.500 m² and it will serve more than 20.000 inhabitants in the area and …

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Europan 13 launched: Finnish competition sites in Espoo, Seinäjoki and Jyväskylä

Kortepohja competition area in Jyväskylä.

The 13th season of Europan architectural competitions is now open and offers three exciting competition areas in Finland for young professionals of the architectural and urban design. The generic theme is The Adaptable City 2 with three specific topics: Welfare State versus Self-organization; Segregation versus Sharing; and Object versus Project (process). The three competition areas for the Europan 13 in …

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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe prize 2015

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. Museum of History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland. Photo: Wojciech Krynski

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, by Lahdelma Mahlamäki Architects has been shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The museum building was awarded with the first ever Finlandia Prize for Architecture in November 2014. The five finalists will be announced in London by the end …

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The Finnish Architecture Navigator launched

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Architecture Information Centre Finland (Arkkitehtuurin tiedotuskeskus) opens a new information and location service Finnish Architecture Navigator to mark the Architecture Day 2015 on Alvar Aalto’s birthday 3rd February. The site navi.finnisharchitecture.fi contains photographs, drawings, location information and key facts about selected projects designed by Finnish architects around the world. The pilot version launches with the Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2014 …

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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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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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“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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