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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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Gösta’s Pavilion the Wooden Building of the Year 2014, Cafe Birgitta the Log House of the Year

Cafe Birgitta, Hernesaari, Helsinki (2013). Architect SAFA Minna Lukander, Arkkitehtuuri- ja muotoilutoimisto Talli Oy / Talli Ltd. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

The Finnish Timber Council Puuinfo has nominated Gösta’s Pavilion, an extension for the Serlachius Art Museum in Mänttä, as the Wooden Building of the Year 2014. The building is designed by architectural studio MX_SI from Spain in collaboration with Architects Huttunen – Lipasti – Pakkanen. An open, international architectural competition was held in 2011 and the building was completed in 2014. The members of …

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New monograph on Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

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Rakennustieto Publishing has issued a long-awaited book on the architectural works of the prize-winning Finnish partnership of Ilmari Lahdelma and Rainer Mahlamäki, principal partners of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects.  The monograph is aptly timed with the first ever Finlandia Prize for Architecture, awarded to the History Museum of Polish Jews in Warsaw, where Rainer Mahlamäki acted as head designer. The new monograph presents …

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Schelling Architectural Theory Award 2014 to Juhani Pallasmaa

Antonello Alici, Juhani Pallasmaa and Fulvio Irace in Milan on 26 February 2014. Photo: Claudia Castaldi.

The Schelling Architecture Foundation has awarded professor Juhani Pallasmaa (b. 1936 in Hämeenlinna, Finland) the Architectural Theory Award 2014. The jury awarded the prize to the Finnish architect, writer, publisher, lecturer and critic for his life’s contribution to architectural culture, and especially for his impassioned studies of the phenomenological approach. By viewing architecture as a defender of the authenticity of human experience, …

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