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.


Meet the Makers of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Marco Steinberg


Architecture Information Centre Finland has produced a series of video interviews with some of the Finnish key figures who participate in the making of the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016. Our first interviewee is architect Marco Steinberg, curator of the Finnish pavilion exhibition produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in collaboration with us. Finland at the …

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JKMM Architects chosen in the “IN practice” book of best European architecture firms

The four parters of the JKMM Architects. From the left: Samuli Miettinen, Asmo Jaaksi, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä and Teemu Kurkela. Photo by Akseli Valmunen.

The “IN practice” research project and high-profile international network has 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, will be published at Palazzo Windmann on the 26th May, 2016, in conjuction with the opening …

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Fine Finnish studios at the Time-Space-Existence exhibition 2016

ALMA Atacama Residence by Architects Kouvo & Partanen.

The official programme of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 includes the “Time Space Existence” exhibition which is open for public from 28 May to 27 November, 2016. The exhibition takes place at two prestigious locations hosted by the European Cultural Centre: Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora. The exhibition has been produced by the Global Art Affairs Foundation and it presents over 100 …

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Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects: Slowness Dignified. Public lecture on 11 May, 2016

KWIECO Shelter House, Moshi, Tanzania. Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects / Ukumbi NGO, 2015. Photo: Juha Ilonen.

With reference to Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects’ forthcoming presentation at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 main exhibition, architect Saija Hollmén will give a public lecture at the Museum of Finnish Architecture on Wednesday 11 May, 2016, at 18:00. The lecture titled Slowness Dignified will discuss the firm’s architectural ideas, working methods and projects. Ms. Saija Hollmén will lecture in English; Museum admission fee 8/4/0 €.

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The Nordic Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016


The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 will discuss the so-called “Nordic Spirit” in recent architecture of Finland, Sweden and Norway. The 300 projects are exhibited under the title “In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face” and the exhibition has been thematised into three categories. Foundational exemplifies architecture that cares for basic needs; Belonging focuses on architecture that embodies or encourages public engagement; and Recognition is about …

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Bridge the Gap competition: design a bridge in Venice

Bridge the Gap competition logo

The Austrian initiative for built environment education for young people Bink invites to participate in a competition for designing an easily constructed, mobile, temporary and light bridge which will be built on location in Venice in 2016. The competition is a part of the International Symposium of architectural & built environment education for young people organised on 21–22 October, 2016, during the International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale …

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Hollmén Reuter Sandman selected for the main exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

KWIECO Shelter House, (Moshi, Tanzania 2015). Hollmen Reuter Sandman Architects / Ukumbi NGO.

Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects have been invited to participate in the main exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy. There the office will present three community-based design projects: The Women’s Centre (Rufisque, Senegal, 2001), The KWIECO Women’s Shelter (Moshi, Tansania, 2015), and Learning Centre for garbage collector children (Cairo, Egypt, 2010, unbuilt). The 15th International Architecture Exhibition …

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David Basulto’s Lecture in Helsinki: Internet, Architecture & Opportunities 


  “For me architecture goes beyond buildings, and I see it as a way of thinking that provides you with tools to understand our world from different scales.” -David Basulto David Basulto is the Founder and Editor in Chief of ArchDaily. He created one of the most successful and wide reaching web based architectural medias of this time. In …

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South of North: video of the Mouthful of Meetings event in Venice

South of North: Mouthful of Meetings at the Venice Biennale. Photo: Anna Autio.

South of North, Network of Nordic Architects working in developing enviroments, organised a Mouthful of Meetings discussion at the Venice Biennale in September 2014. The idea was to invite contemporary African and Nordic architects to a cross­cultural dialogue on socially engaged architecture. The participants included the founder of South­African Makeka Design Lab, Mokena Makeka, Zimbabwean architect Maxwell Mutanda (CA’ASI, Young Architects in Africa exhibition) and one …

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Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture – What Next?

Photo: Coen Ruys.

Museum of Finnish Architecture and Architecture Information Centre Finland invite you to join the open discussion Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture – What’s Next? at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello, Venice on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 at 13:00–14:00. Re-Creation brings the art of making back to the forefront. It shows how, despite and within the robust tendencies towards abstraction …

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