Outlook on the London Viewpoint

The Viewpoint pavilion from Camley Street. Photo: Max Creasy.

Esa Laaksonen, director of Alvar Aalto Academy, reviews the Camden Street Viewpoint project designed by AOR architects Erkko Aarti, Arto Ollila and Mikki Ristola in London. Finnish architecture manoeuvers amidst new trends Young Finnish architects are now on a roll, at least if we are to believe the British press – and why wouldn’t we? Hilla Rudanko and Anssi Kankkunen …

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Close-up: Miia-Liina Tommila, Emmi Keskisarja and Europan 12 Norway

Illustration: Vegard Aarseth. Project: Kaleidoscope Team.

For architects, Europan represents one of the largest and perhaps also the most exciting competition organisations in the world. Directed at young professionals of the architectural and urban design under 40 years of age and with a European degree or working in Europe, the Europan competitions have gathered talent and enthusiasm since their formation in 1988. In this exclusive interview, …

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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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Call for Papers: Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-Being

Marjatta and Martti Jaatinen. Oulu City Theatre (1972). Photo: Archinfo / AV.

The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2014 & The Annual Nordic Association of Architectural Research Conference (NAAR) invites you to participate a conference on the theme Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-Being on 23–25 October 2014 in University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture, Finland. The Symposium is the annual gathering for research in architecture, urban design and planning and has been organized by the …

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Arkki exports architecture education to Greece


The Helsinki-based Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth announces to launch international activities with a new architectural education programme for children and youth in Greece and Cyprus.  Arkki will be producing the new programme in partnership with DESIGNEMBASSADOR.COM UG, which specializes in the design of festivals, events, conferences and workshops. ”Metropolization has brought ecological problems and the challenges …

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House M-M: Cosy Grandezza

House M-M (Tuomas Siitonen, 2013). Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo / www.uusheimo.com.

Architecture critic Tarja Nurmi reviews House M-M designed by architect Tuomas Siitonen. The market for private houses and homes in Finland has for some time been overly dominated by so-called pre-fab or catalogue houses. Only a small percentage of private houses are designed specifically for an individual client or family, tailored for a certain site, and designed down to the …

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Hilla Rudanko: Thoughts on architecture as change catalyst

Drawing ideas for new doors. Sra Pou Vocational School in Cambodia (Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen, 2010–2012). Photo: Anssi Kankkunen.

Is contemporary architecture nothing but competition for the most fashionable building design? Can architecture really affect the quality of life? Architect Hilla Rudanko writes about the Sra Pou project in Cambodia. Read more about socially responsible architecture and the new roles of an architect. Thoughts on architecture as change catalyst Last week we discovered that The Architectural Review had picked …

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Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos gains recognition

Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos by HALO Architects / Inari, Finland, 2012. Photo: Mika Huisman.

Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos by HALO Architects has recently gained well-deserved recognition by the international press. The most recent feature article has been published in Italian OfArch magazine. Architect Arianna Callocchia writes how “the Sámi Cultural Center symbolizes the Finnish Sámi population and emphasizes their independence, their vitality and their cultural development.”  Sajos is the centre of culture and administration for …

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Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by Komitu Architects celebrated in Phnom Penh

Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by KOMITU Architects / Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2014. Photo: Montana Rakz.

Finnish architecture seems to have an expanding trait in socially and ecologically responsible design for third world communities. One of the most recent accomplishments is the Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by KOMITU workgroup completed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in January 2014. The main materials of the building are bamboo, compressed earth blocks and recycled plastic bottles. KOMITU architects have utilised these locally available …

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