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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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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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Let’s Build a School! Focus Jorge Raedó

Let's Build a School opera project by Jorge Raedó

The Alvar Aalto Museum’s spring exhibition in April 2014 displayed the results of a unique collaborative project: an architectural opera Let’s Build the School! produced by the pupils of Onerva Mäki School for hearing and visually impaired children in Jyväskylä. Annukka Pakarinen from Alvar Aalto Museum interviewed the opera’s Spanish director, theatre director Jorge Raedó, about his experiences in working with children and about his interdisciplinary art education …

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A moment with Rik Nys from David Chipperfield Architects

Nobel Centre, Stockholm. Competition entry, detail façade. ©David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects has made their noiseless but resolute way up to the very top of contemporary architecture. Their latest achievement is the 1st prize in the competition to design the new Nobel Centre in Stockholm. Rik Nys, DCA’s senior director, visited Finland in March 2014 and spared Miina Blot, assistant editor of  the Finnish Architectural Review, a moment for an interview. A knight and his squire …

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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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Triin Ojari: From a vantage point over Estonian architecture

Triin Ojari. Photo: Mari-Leen Kiipli.

Throughout the history, Estonia has provided Finnish architects an important channel to discuss the transnational aspects of contemporary architecture. To name a few examples, one can think about the Estonia Theatre by Wivi Lönn and Armas Lindgren (1913) or Villa Tammekann by Alvar Aalto in Tartu (1932) in terms of the close and influential relations between Finland and Estonia. On the …

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Pekka Salminen’s PES-Architects victorious in China

Strait Culture and Art Centre, Fuzhou, China. Image: PES-Architects 2014.

When discussing the international promotion of Finnish architectural expertise, Professor Pekka Salminen is the right person to explain what the export of architecture means in practice and what could be done in Finland to promote it. The inspiring studio of PES-Architects, whose head office is situated in Marjaniemi in Helsinki, has been involved already for decades in international projects, for …

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Close-up: professor Pirjo Sanaksenaho

Pirjo Sanaksenaho. Photo: Juha Lind

Pirjo Sanaksenaho’s childhood dream profession, already in primary school, was an architect. Sanaksenaho, who has established a career as both a practicing architect and teacher of architecture, began her position as associate professor of building design at Aalto University on 1.12.2013. Anne Tervo‘s interview delves into her academic career as well as her activities as a newly appointed professor. The teaching …

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Close-Up: Steeply Progressive

Restaudant Day hot spots

Ever since the heydays of Nokia, Finland has loved to profile herself as a high-tech country full of unreserved enthusiasm and creative innovativeness. Pertaining to deployment of technology in architecture, the cherished image has remained fiction. One of few trailblazers is architect Jyrki Vanamo who has set up his career in architecture, urban life, service design and IT. “Houses and …

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