The Classics

Celebrating Armas Lindgren’s 140th anniversary

Valtiontalo, Eteläesplanadi 4, Helsinki, 1911–1912, drawing dated 1911. Image by courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Today, Friday the 28th of November 2014, marks the 140th anniversary of architect Armas Lindgren, born 28th of November 1874 in Hämeenlinna, passed away 3rd of October 1929 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lindgren has left a mark in the pages of history of Finnish architecture for his connoisseurship of international history of culture and art, his distinguished career as a professor of architecture and the …

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Significant international recognition for the restoration of Viipuri Library: Close-Up Eric Adlercreutz

Viipurin Alvar Aalto -kirjasto 2014. Kuva: Alvar Aalto -museo / Maija Holma. Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum / Maija Holma.

The World Monuments Fund has given significant recognition to the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library and the Central City Alvar Aalto Library for the renovation of the library. In their statement explaining the basis for awarding the 2014 World Monuments/Knoll Modernism Prize, the parties involved in the restoration are praised for their long-term tenacious work in saving …

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50th anniversary of architect Viljo Revell’s passing

Makkaratalo, Helsinki, 1967. Photo credit: Didrichsen Art Museum.

Saturday the 8th of November 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of architect Viljo Revell’s passing. Revell was born on the 25th of January 1910 in Vaasa and faced premature death on the 8th of November 1964 in Helsinki. Revell is recognised as a progressive architect with a versatile career. He had a positive outlook on the architectural possibilities offered by swiftly developing building technology and industrial housing production. …

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Unmediated Alvar Aalto at Vitra Design Museum

Alvar Aalto Vernissage

Vitra Design Museum, in collaboration with the Alvar Aalto Museum, hosts a major retrospective exhibition dedicated to the legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto until 1st March 2015. Arianna Callocchia from Italy writes about the Alvar Aalto – Second Nature exhibition and discusses its contents and objectives. Arianna Callocchia: Why did you decide to host an exhibition on the architect in a design museum? Mateo …

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Paimio Sanatorium receives a significant Getty grant for conservation


Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium (1933) is among the ten modern buildings selected to receive funding under the philantrophic grant initiative Keeping It Modern by The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles. According the Alvar Aalto Foundation press release, the architectural conservation grant of $180,000 will be used for a comprehensive conservation management plan – the first of this magnitude in Finland. In addition to …

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Alvar Aalto goes virtual


Google and Alvar Aalto Foundation have launched the first results of their partnership and opened two groundbreaking resources to serve the global community interested in Alvar Aalto, the Grand Master of Finnish architecture. The collaboration derives on mutual interests: one of Google’s Data Center is located in Hamina, Finland in the former cellulose factory designed by Aalto in 1951–53. The company sees the current collaboration as an initiative to …

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Happy Quasquicentennial, J. S. Sirén

J. S. Siren in the 1950s. By courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture.

The 27th of May marks the anniversary of one of the legendary Greats in the history of Finnish architecture. Johan (Juho) Sigfrid Sirén, born 27.5.1889 in Ylihärmä, is best known for his design for the Parliament House in Helsinki, Finland. The building was constructed between 1926–31, and its design is based on the winning entry by Sirén and architects Kaarlo Borg and …

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Usko Nyström–Petrelius–Penttilä at MFA

Suomalainen teatteri [Finnish theatre], presently Finnish National Theatre, Helsinki, sketches, Usko Nyström 17.12.1898. Orig. MFA.

The small exhibition hall of the Museum of Finnish Architecture has presented three inspiring architects from the Art Nouveau era. The curator, PhD Eija Rauske at MFA writes about Usko Nyström, Albert Petrelius and Vilho Penttilä and the meaning of their career for Finnish architecture. Expertise, skill, style – Presenting Usko Nyström–Petrelius–Penttilä The small exhibition hall of the Museum of Finnish Architecture currently presents …

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Significant donation from Nordea to Museum of Finnish Architecture

Lars Sonck and Valter Jung: Privatbanken aka Jugendsali, Helsinki 1904. Photo: Nils Wasastjerna.

Nordea Bank Finland Plc has made a significant donation to the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The contribution of hundreds of historically valuable drawings include, to name a few, the originals for the Jugendsali interior signed by Lars Sonck himself in 1903; Selim A. Lindqvist’s exquisite originals for the Aleksi 13 department store facade from 1898; and the extraordinary drawings for the refurbishment …

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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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