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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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Meet the Makers of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: ALA Architects

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ALA Architects participates in the Nordic pavilion exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Their In Focus project is their breakthrough design for the Kilden Performing Arts Centre which was completed in Kristiansand, Norway, in 2011. We talked with ALA’s founding partners Samuli Woolston, Juho Grönholm and Antti Nousjoki about their interpretations and expectations of the Venice Biennale …

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Meet the Makers of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: JKMM Architects

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JKMM Architects is one of the Finnish participants at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. Their amazing design for the new Seinäjoki City Library (2012) is exhibited among the In Focus projects of the Nordic pavilion exhibition “In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face”. Our Meet the Makers series continues with an interview with three of the four founding partners: Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu …

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Venice Biennale Main Exhibition: Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects. Slowness Dignified.

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Slowness dignified: The work of Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects. As the only Finnish participant, Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects were invited to take part in the main exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Architects Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter and Helena Sandman are known for their work in humanitarian architecture in, for instance, Senegal, Tanzania and India, and have received extensive international recognition for their work. …

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Time Space Existence: In Search of Permanent Architecture

Venice Biennale Time Space Existence 2016

As part of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Rossini presents over 100 architects from all of the 6 continents. Four Finnish offices are participating in the exhibition. Helin & Co Architects, Kouvo & Partanen Architects and Michael Donalds are displayed in the Palazzo Bembo and …

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New Books: IN practice & Forty and Famous

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During the Biennale Opening days, two books featuring Finnish architect offices were launched. The “IN practice” research project and high-profile international network selected JKMM Architects from Finland to be included in their new book of best European architecture firms operating outside of the so-called “starchitect” elite. The book, which represents the state of committed architecture in Europe, was published at Palazzo …

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Curator Alejandro Aravena: Battle for the Higher Quality of the Built Environment

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Curator Alejandro Aravena and the president of the Biennale Paolo Barotto discussed the themes of this year’s Biennale in a press conference on Thursday 27th of May. According to Aravena, he wants the exhibition to serve something for three kinds of visitors. Aravena wants to inspire other architects of creative solutions despite scarce resources, for decision makers he wants to show …

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History in the Making: Baltic Pavilion in Venice Biennale

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Encounters in Venice: Opening of the Baltic Pavilion on Friday 28th of May. For the first time in 80 years Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are presented via a shared exhibition, put together by an ambitious group of curators from all of the three countries: Kārlis Bērziņš, Jurga Daubaraitė, Petras Išora, Ona Lozuraitytė, Niklāvs Paegle, Dagnija Smilga, Johan Tali, Laila Zariņa, and …

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