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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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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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Nominees for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 announced

House Riihi by Oopeaa / Anssi Lassila. Photo: Jussi Tiainen.

Finnish architecture is in a fine company among the nominees for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the list of 420 projects five of which are located in Finland and one of which is designed by Finnish architects to Warsaw, Poland. Nominees in/from Finland Renovation and Extension …

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K2S in Form Magazine 5/2014

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One of the oldest design magazines in the world, Swedish Form, features K2S Architects in its 5/2014 issue. Form’s managing editor Salka Hallström Bornold has interviewed the Finnish trio Mikko Summanen, Kimmo Lintula and Niko Sirola and she writes enthusiastically about their energetic, noncomformist office in Helsinki. K2S prefers not to be in the public eye, but their architecture certainly is. — Salka Hallström Bornold, “Mikko, Niko …

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