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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Materiality and the Magic of Light. Wolfgang Jean Stock on sacral architecture in Finland in the 21st century

Otaniemi Chapel by architects Heikki and Kaija Siren. Competition in 1954, completed in 1957. Photo: Marc Goodwin.

Wolfgang Jean Stock, the German historian and architecture critic and esteemed scholar of Finnish architecture, has recently published a book about Finnish churches and chapels of the 21st century. By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review 2/2015, we are proud to re-publish his article discussing contemporary religious architecture in Finland. Materiality and the Magic of Light All great Finnish architects …

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Finnish Architecture: How Should We Call It?

Finlandia hall by Alvar Aalto

Marina Bermejo, a student of architecture from Spain, spent an academic year as an exchange student at the Oulu University, Faculty of Architecture recently. As a part of her studies, she explored the meaning of cultural significance as defined in the Madrid Document 2011 in terms of contemporary Finnish architecture. This article is an excerpt of her essay written for the Research and Theory of Architecture course under the …

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More Fashion in Architecture

Gloria High Fashion Day; Helsinki Fashion Weekend Anna Ruohonen Kuva: Leena Aro

Jonni Roos, art historian and cultural journalist, encourages architects to have more awareness of the transitionary contemporary – just like they do in the fashion business. By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review 3/2014, we are proud to re-publish his insightful essay on the complex relationship between architecture and fashion. More Fashion in Architecture Fashion is deeply human in that it is present at …

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I ♥ Finland: Sarah Wigglesworth

Sarah Wigglesworth at the 12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium in Jyväskylä, Finland in August 2012. Photo: Olli-Pekka Orpo / Alvar Aalto Academy.

It’s August 2012 and I’m in Helsinki, a capital city on the edge of Europe. The 12th Alvar Aalto Symposium is opening tonight, marked by a gathering at his studio / house complex, now a museum. I’m nervous. Who holds a conference in August? Everyone is on holiday! Yet there are plenty of people at the party – they can’t …

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I ♥ Finland: Roger Connah

Roger Connah

The finnisharchitecture.fi web journal opens with a column by Roger Connah (b. Chester, England, 1950), a writer, independent scholar and researcher based in Ruthin, North Wales. Connah lived in Finland for almost 2 decades after which he has travelled, worked and taught in Sweden, India, Pakistan, USA and is now currently associate professor at Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University, Ottawa (after being …

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Photo Poem: Kulttuuritalo by Marc Goodwin

Photo Poem: Kultturitalo by Marc Goodwin © Architecture Information Centre Finland 2014

Kulttuuritalo (The House of Culture, Helsinki) has a legendary status in the Helsinki scenery. For decades, its distinctive architecture designed by Alvar Aalto has stood guard of Sturenkatu, one of the the arterial road east of the city centre. Despite the strictly political origins of the building, it has managed to house a number of events that have affected all …

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