Finland @ Venice Architecture Biennale


The International Architecture Exhibition has been organised in Venice since 1980. It alternates with the International Art Exhibition, which was established in 1895. The architecture exhibition has developed into the most esteemed international arena for showcasing architecture, with over a quarter of a million visitors in the last edition, in 2016. This year the exhibition will open to the public on 26 May 2018 and remain open for six months until 25 November 2018.

The curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition are Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects and the theme is ‘Freespace’. In 2018, Archinfo Finland is for the first time in charge of Finland’s presentation at the Venice Biennale.


Finnish architecture at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Collage of the four Finnish projects displayed at the Nordic Pavilion in 2016: Kilden (ALA Architects, photo Iwan Baan); Puukuokka (OOPEAA, photo Mikko Auerniitty); Finnish Nature Centre Haltia (Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, photo Mika Huisman); Seinäjoki City Library (JKMM Architects, photo Tuomas Uusheimo).

Finland has a strong presence at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. The Finnish pavilion will host the From Border to Home competition challenge, process, and outcomes. The exhibition and its parallel programme, curated by architect Marco Steinberg and commissioned by Juulia Kauste, director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, explores solutions to the challenge of housing asylum-seekers and discusses ways to …

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From Border to Home – where are we now?

Con MOI workshop at Ex Moi refugee village in Torino, Italy. photo: Marguerite Kahrl / Con MOI

How has Europe responded to the asylum seekers’ housing needs? Could integration be facilitated by means of architecture? The seminar held at Maunula House on 21 March provided examples from Austria and Italy and discussed Finland’s situation. A round-the-clock demonstration has been going on at the Helsinki Railway Square since the beginning of February. Asylum seekers have set up their …

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The Finnish Pavilion’s exhibition presented architectural solutions for asylum-seekers at the Venice Biennale


From Border to Home presented an exhibition accompanied by a blog and events, highlighting the results of an international architectural competition in which entrants were asked to come up with creative solutions for the temporary accommodation of asylum-seekers, while also yielding long-term benefits to the community in years to come. The Venice Biennale ended on November 27, 2016. A review …

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


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


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.


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

Venice 2016

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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