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Record high interest in Helsinki Guggenheim, counter competition by NextHelsinki

Helsinki South Harbor seen from the North-West. Image source: nexthelsinki.org © Kaupunkimittausosasto and © Kaupunkisuunnitteluvirasto, Helsinki 2014.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has announced that the 1st phase of the  international, two-stage competition for the design of a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland, has received 1,715 entries. The amount of competition proposals breaks the recent international architectural competition records both worldwide and in Finland: 1,557 entries for the Giza Museum in Egypt in 2002, 579 entries for the extension of the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä, …

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Competition for the Ravirata Area in Vaasa won by Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden

Aerial view of the winning proposal by Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden.

Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden win open urban planning competition for the Ravirata area in Vaasa, Finland. The competition, the programme of which was to study the land use for a new housing district on a former trotting course of 16,7 ha, received 63 entries. The winning team behind the victorious entry named Inside Outside Vaasa are Martin Arfalk, Patrick Verhoeven, Nicholas Bigelow, Andrei …

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Komitu receives honorable mention in the Re-thinking Future Awards 2014 competition

Kouk Khleang Youth Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: Susanna Alatalo.

Komitu – a group of Finnish architects and architecture students – has been awarded with an honorable mention for their Kouk Khleang Youth Centre in the international Re-thinking the Future Awards competition 2014. The award is to acknowledge the climate responsive work done by architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and creative people from all over the world. The youth centre was opened in Phnom …

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Impressive presentation of young Finnish architects in A10

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The newest issue #58 of the European A10 architecture magazine dedicates five spreads to contemporary Finnish architecture and rising architectural offices. The focus Finland review is part of the magazine’s Eurovision article series and it has been edited by Indira van ‘t Klooster, editor-in-chief, who visited Finland in May 2014. She has collaborated with architect SAFA Tarja Nurmi, a long-term …

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Venice Biennale 2014 Preview

Architect Alvar Aalto and the Alvar Aalto Pavilion in 1956. Re-Creation is presented in the context of the wooden biennale pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in the golden age of Finnish modernism in 1956. In this context it gains a new interpretation, completing the dialogue between tradition and modernism through the act of its re-creation. © MFA

Venice Biennale 2014 and its 14th International Architecture Exhibition entitled Fundamentals returns to the timeless basics of architecture. Curator Rem Koolhaas, the renowned Dutch architect and theorist, calls for re-establishing the artistic basis of architecture. “In three complementary manifestations – taking place in the Central Pavilion, the Arsenale, and the National Pavilions – this retrospective will generate a fresh understanding of the richness …

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Berlin in search of new urban living

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Finnish architects Pia Ilonen and Rosemarie Schnitzler have succeeded in designing cost-efficient, contemporary urban housing for the 21st century Berlin. Architect SAFA Tarja Nurmi writes about the Team Talli & Schnitzler’s project and the recent Berlin workshop.   Urban Living – Neue Formen des städtischen Wohnens A decision was made in Berlin following last autumn’s German federal election to cancel …

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Archimedes’ principle: Arctia Headquarters by K2S Architects

Arctia Shipping Headquarters, Helsinki 2013, by K2S Architects. Photo: Mika Huisman.

The buoyantly big floating office of Arctia Headquarters by K2S Architects has won well-deserved acclaim, most recently the Popular Choice prize in the Office Building Low Rise (1-4 Floors) category of Architizer A+ Awards 2014. By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review, we are happy to re-published architect Juha Ilonen’s perceptive essay about the building, which was published in the Finnish Architectural Review, …

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A conversation with Bjarke Ingels and ALA Architects

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

One of the most well-known works of young, contemporary Finnish architecture is the Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway by ALA Architects. Recently, Kilden was nominated as the Jury Winner in the Theatres & Performing Arts Centers category in the Architizer A+ Awards 2014. By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review, we are happy to re-published a topical interview with Bjarke …

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Two Finnish winners in the 2014 A+ Awards

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Finnish architecture has received two prizes in the 2014 international Architizer A+  Awards competition. Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway by ALA Architects was the Jury Winner in the Theatres & Performing Arts Centers category. Arctia Headquarters in Helsinki, Finland by K2S Architects was the Popular Choice Winner in the Office Building Low Rise (1-4 Floors) category. Both prizes add to the continuum of recent international …

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Outlook on the London Viewpoint

The Viewpoint pavilion from Camley Street. Photo: Max Creasy.

Esa Laaksonen, director of Alvar Aalto Academy, reviews the Camden Street Viewpoint project designed by AOR architects Erkko Aarti, Arto Ollila and Mikki Ristola in London. Finnish architecture manoeuvers amidst new trends Young Finnish architects are now on a roll, at least if we are to believe the British press – and why wouldn’t we? Hilla Rudanko and Anssi Kankkunen …

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