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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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Close-up: Miia-Liina Tommila, Emmi Keskisarja and Europan 12 Norway

Illustration: Vegard Aarseth. Project: Kaleidoscope Team.

For architects, Europan represents one of the largest and perhaps also the most exciting competition organisations in the world. Directed at young professionals of the architectural and urban design under 40 years of age and with a European degree or working in Europe, the Europan competitions have gathered talent and enthusiasm since their formation in 1988. In this exclusive interview, …

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House M-M: Cosy Grandezza

House M-M (Tuomas Siitonen, 2013). Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo / www.uusheimo.com.

Architecture critic Tarja Nurmi reviews House M-M designed by architect Tuomas Siitonen. The market for private houses and homes in Finland has for some time been overly dominated by so-called pre-fab or catalogue houses. Only a small percentage of private houses are designed specifically for an individual client or family, tailored for a certain site, and designed down to the …

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Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by Komitu Architects celebrated in Phnom Penh

Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by KOMITU Architects / Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2014. Photo: Montana Rakz.

Finnish architecture seems to have an expanding trait in socially and ecologically responsible design for third world communities. One of the most recent accomplishments is the Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by KOMITU workgroup completed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in January 2014. The main materials of the building are bamboo, compressed earth blocks and recycled plastic bottles. KOMITU architects have utilised these locally available …

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AR picks Rudanko + Kankkunen in the 30 under 30 selection

Sra Pou Vocational School, Cambodia. Photo credits: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen / Anssi Kankkunen

The prominent architectural magazine The Architectural Review has selected Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen from Helsinki, Finland, in their 2014 list of 3o projects by 30 architects under 30 years old. The 30 under 30 series, according to AR’s web site, “challenge the tired stereotype of architecture as an old man’s game.” Both Hilla Rudanko (b. 1987) and Anssi Kankkunen (b. 1983) received their …

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Found in Translation: Re-Creation in Shenzhen, China

Re-Creation. Installation by Lassila & Hirvilammi Architects at Shenzhen biennale, 2014. Photo: Pekka Turunen / MFA.

In the comedy-drama Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003), the main characters meet in Tokyo, but despite their apparent mutual attraction, the couple face intrinsic loneliness as they become to realise an irreconcilable difference between their life situations. The translatability of meanings seems to work more agreeably in architecture than in relationships. Museum of Finnish Architecture has taken an intriguing …

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