The Venice Biennale Golden Lion awarded to Finland – exactly 20 years ago

The experimental leisure-time studio in Puolarmaari, Espoo in 1992. Photo: Jussi Tiainen.

Finland has received the highest award at the Architecture Biennale in Venice – the Golden Lion – only once. It happened twenty years ago, in the autumn of 1996. The Leone d’oro was awarded quite unexpectedly to a group of young Finnish architects who had designed and built an unusual translucent forest studio in Espoo in Finland. “The Group”, comprised …

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Wow! That euphoric feeling! An anniversary interview with Juha Leiviskä

Juha Leiviskä

Juha Leiviskä, who turned 80 this March, has had a stressful spring. The media has been bugging him for his opinion on the big questions facing architecture, though his head is still reeling from an arduous trip to London. The Architectural Review had invited Leiviskä to assess numerous sacral buildings for the AR Faith Awards. — It was shocking. During …

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The Finnish Architectural Review 2/2016: New ideas for an agile information centre

Hanna Harris, Director of the Architecture Information Centre Finland. Photo: Niclas Mäkelä.

By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review (Arkkitehti), we are proud to re-publish Paula Holmila’s recent interview with Hanna Harris, the new director of the Architecture Information Centre Finland. New ideas for an agile information centre The Architecture Information Centre Finland was established three years ago to promote knowledge about Finnish architecture both nationally and abroad. During these first years the …

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Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Finnish pavilion in Venice

Building the Finnish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 1956. © Museum of Finnish Architecture.

This summer marks not only the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice but the 60th anniversary of the Finnish pavilion. The pavilion was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1955–56 with the intention that it could be dismantled and stored away in-between the biennales. Because of some mishaps during the construction of the prefabricated wooden wall and roof units, this idea never realised. By courtesy of …

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Aalto loved Italy and Italians love Aalto

Alvar Aalto's sketch for the Riola church and parish centre. Bologna, Riola di Vergato, Piazza Alvar Aalto. 1966–69, 1975–80, 1984–85. © Alvar Aalto Museum.

Once again Italy pays tribute to the famous Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto. In 1964, the Milan Polytechnic awarded him an Honorary Degree in occasion of its centenary. This year, it organized an international seminar entitled “Alvar Aalto e l’Italia”, Alvar Aalto and Italy. The 2-day conference was held on 13–14 January, 2016 in the Rogers lecture hall of …

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Redefining Luxury in Housing

Housing transformation, Saint-Nazaire, La Chesnaie. Lacaton & Vassal Architectes.

In his recent keynote lecture at the annual Architecture Day seminar, French architect Jean-Philippe Vassal of Lacaton & Vassal Architectes challenged the audience to rethink about the concept of luxury in housing. The following interview with him was originally published in Finnish in Arkkitehtiuutiset 2/2016. Architect Jean-Philippe Vassal gave a presentation at an Architecture Day seminar held in Helsinki on …

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Jun Igarashi’s Pragmatic Poetics

Jun Igarashi gives the Eero Saarinen Honorary Lecture at the L3 Design Dock on Jätkäsaari. Jun Igarashi on the left, interpreter Satoshi Ohtaki on the right. Image courtesy of the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Now in its fifth year, the Eero Saarinen Lecture has become a welcome addition to the yearly calendar of architectural happenings in Finland as well as an important event in the tightly packed Helsinki Design Week program. Organized annually by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the lectures give an opportunity for young architects practicing outside of Finland to speak about …

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