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House Spaak / AVARRUS Architects

09:00 - 21 June, 2017
House Spaak / AVARRUS Architects, © Ville Vappula Photography
© Ville Vappula Photography

© Ville Vappula Photography © Ville Vappula Photography © Ville Vappula Photography © Ville Vappula Photography +32

Traffic-Integrated Self-Driving “RoboBus” Line to Launch in Helsinki

14:20 - 14 June, 2017

The city of Helsinki has announced the launch of a self-driving bus line that will integrate into the city’s regular transportation service. The service, known as the Helsinki RoboBusLine, is the second phase of a three-year experimentation with autonomous buses as part of the Sohjoa project, an EU-financed venture by the six largest cities of Finland, Finnish universities, and transportation authorities to prepare for new public transit services and autonomous vehicles.

The first phase of the project, debuted in August of last year, saw the implementation of two self-driving electric minibuses capable of traveling at just 11 kilometers per hour, and with an operator on board in case of emergency. The RoboBusLine will take the next step, allowing the bus to travel like a more traditional bus.

Lonna Sauna / OOPEAA

03:00 - 7 June, 2017
Lonna Sauna / OOPEAA, © Jussi Tiainen
© Jussi Tiainen

© Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen +26

Helsinki Airport to Be Transformed with Undulating Roof and Public Landscape

12:15 - 6 June, 2017
Helsinki Airport to Be Transformed with Undulating Roof and Public Landscape, Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects
Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects

The team consisting of ALA Architects, HKP Architects and Ramboll Finland has won an invited competition for the renovation and expansion of Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 2 with their entry titled “City Hall.” Organized by Finnish airport operator Finavia, the competition asked four international firms to create a new airport plan centered around a reenvisioned terminal that will allow the airport to efficiently serve up to 20 million passengers per year. 

Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects +8

Contemporary Housing to Reinforce Finland's UNESCO World Heritage Fortress

08:00 - 13 May, 2017
Contemporary Housing to Reinforce Finland's UNESCO World Heritage Fortress, Perspective view. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho
Perspective view. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho

When placed in a historic landscape, contemporary architecture requires a layered approach. It must often strike a respectful, vernacular tone, whilst embracing the innovative, functional hallmarks of a modern building. This balance has particular relevance at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, located off the coast of Helsinki, Finland. Throughout its 300-year history, it was once occupied by the armies of Sweden, Russia and Finland – a rich history attracting UNESCO World Heritage status, and almost one million annual visitors. The site is more than a museum, however, but a living district of Helsinki with 800 inhabitants and 500 jobs.

Against the prerequisites of past and present, Heikkinen & Kangasaho Architects have combined sharp, functional modernity with respectful, restrained simplicity in a new housing scheme to sit amongst Suomenlinna’s historic fortifications.

Perspective view. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho View from the sea. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho Section. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho Site plan. Image Courtesy of Heikkinen & Kangasaho +7

Kalasatama School and Day Care / JKMM Architects

05:00 - 19 February, 2017
Kalasatama School and Day Care / JKMM Architects, ©  Studio Hans Koistinen
© Studio Hans Koistinen

©  Studio Hans Koistinen ©  Studio Hans Koistinen © Mika Huisman ©  Studio Hans Koistinen +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Juha Mäki-Jyllilä
  • Partners

    Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen
  • Area

    8480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Maunula House / K2S Architects

02:00 - 16 February, 2017
 Maunula House / K2S Architects, © Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

© Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Metsäpurontie 4, 00630 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen
  • Area

    3100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Snøhetta Wins Competition for Ice-Inspired Hotel on Helsinki's Waterfront

12:00 - 2 February, 2017
Snøhetta Wins Competition for Ice-Inspired Hotel on Helsinki's Waterfront, © Snøhetta
© Snøhetta

Snøhetta has been selected as the winners of an invited competition for the design of a new hotel to be located on the Hakaniemi waterfront in Helsinki, Finland. Aimed at becoming a “new beacon of Helsinki,” Hilbert’s Hotel will provide new public space for the city while increasing accommodation for visitors.

Alvar Aalto Foundation Breaks All-Time Record for Number of Visitors in 2016

12:00 - 26 January, 2017
Alvar Aalto Foundation Breaks All-Time Record for Number of Visitors in 2016, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Last year saw the Alvar Aalto Foundation experience a record-breaking number of visitors at each of its four sites – a total of 42,755 as opposed to the 36,744 people that toured the sites in 2015.

Of those numbers, The Alvar Aalto Museum and the Muuratsalo Experimental House in Jyväskylä received a total of 20,005 visitors combined, half of which had arrived from outside of Finland to explore the Museum, while also continuing the recent trend of an increasing number of visits over the past five years.

This Former Professional Skateboarder Is Now a Skate Park Architect

08:00 - 14 December, 2016

After a career as a professional skateboarder, Helsinki-based Janne Saario has become one of few landscape architects in the world with a practice devoted completely to designing skate parks for young people. Saario’s designs—all of which are located in Europe—diverge from the typical brutalist stereotypes of concrete skate park masses, and rather, are site-specific and heavily influenced by their natural surroundings. 

“Young people are our hope and future,” says Saario. “And by offering beautiful and meaningful surroundings to grow, like wonderful skate parks, we can make a positive change on their picture of the world and future behavior.”

Guggenheim Helsinki Plans Abandoned After Rejection by City Council

11:10 - 1 December, 2016
Guggenheim Helsinki Plans Abandoned After Rejection by City Council, © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
© Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is abandoning plans for a museum in the Finnish capital after a proposal for funding was rejected by the Helsinki City Council, 53-32.

“We are disappointed that the Helsinki City Council has decided not to allocate funds for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki museum, in effect bringing this project to a close,” Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, told the Helsinki Times.

Finnish Architect Juhani Pallasmaa Refuses to Support Guggenheim Helsinki Project

07:10 - 25 November, 2016
Finnish Architect Juhani Pallasmaa Refuses to Support Guggenheim Helsinki Project, Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal for Guggenheim Helsinki. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal for Guggenheim Helsinki. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

In a comment to the Architects' Journal, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa has expressed concern over the Guggenheim's plans to build a new museum in the city of Helsinki.

The project emphasises a consumerist and touristic view of art at the expense of the cultural and humane task of art. instead of strengthening local artistic traditions and practices, the project strengthens the already doubtful globalisation and commercialisation of art. The public funds could clearly be used in a more innovative and efficient manner to support Finnish artistic culture. 

Following Funding Defeat Supporters of the Guggenheim Helsinki Submit a Revised Plan

04:00 - 9 November, 2016
Following Funding Defeat Supporters of the Guggenheim Helsinki Submit a Revised Plan, The winning proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki (2015). Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
The winning proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki (2015). Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

Two months after the Finnish government vetoed funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki project, following an international competition won by Paris-based practice Moreau Kusunoki, it has been reported that supporters of the scheme have presented an updated proposal for the construction of the museum. According to The New York Times, "of its expected $144 million building costs, the City of Helsinki’s investment would cover a maximum of $89 million."

Arabiazza(s) Urban Plan for the Arabia District of Helsinki Focuses on Sustainability

13:00 - 5 November, 2016
Arabiazza(s) Urban Plan for the Arabia District of Helsinki Focuses on Sustainability, Courtesy of OOPEAA
Courtesy of OOPEAA

The future development of the Arabia Historic District in Helsinki has culminated in the second round of a two-stage competition. 

Arabiazza(s) — one of the four proposals selected for the second stage — was developed by team leader Anssi Lassila and comprised of OOPEAA working in collaboration with Lunden Architecture and Gehl Architects acting as a consultant in urban public space. Through a sequential flow of spaces in the form of public squares, Arabiazza(s) fundamentally aims to encourage public interaction. The intent to engage a broad range of people — from students to tourists to workers — inspired the creation of multiple sheltered inner courtyards.

Courtesy of OOPEAA Courtesy of OOPEAA Courtesy of OOPEAA Courtesy of OOPEAA +11

Plastique Fantastique Wrap Inflatable Intervention around Historic Sculpture for Helsinki Design Week

16:00 - 16 September, 2016

German collective Plastique Fantastique have created “superKOLMEMEN,” an inflatable structure encircling a historic sculpture in Three Smiths Square (Kolmen sepän aukio) in downtown Helsinki for Helsinki Design Week. Throughout the event, the installation was used as a space for lectures, performances and workshops, as well as a casual gathering place.

Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique +8

Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings

09:30 - 11 September, 2016
Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings, Copenhagen. Public domain image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vor_Frelsers_Kirke-view8.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a>.
Copenhagen. Public domain image via Wikimedia.

Metropolis Magazine has released their 2016 rankings of the world's most "livable" cities. Acknowledging that what makes a city "livable" can often be subjective, the team at Metropolis emphasizes that in creating the list they "focused on the concerns at Metropolis’ core—housing, transportation, sustainability, and culture." The result of this research was last year's top prize-winner Toronto dropping to the number 9 spot and Copenhagen, which last year took the number 4 spot, jumping to the top. Rounding out the top three are Berlin and Helsinki.

Guggenheim Helsinki Denied Funding by Finnish Government

14:00 - 8 September, 2016
Guggenheim Helsinki Denied Funding by Finnish Government, © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
© Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

For a few months spanning from 2014 to last year, the Guggenheim Helsinki museum competition was the hottest topic in architectural media. Even as Moreau Kusunoki's more contextually-driven design was selected as the competition winner, debate raged on over whether the search by yet another city for an iconic building to call their own was ultimately good or bad for architecture as a whole. But now, funding for the project has been rejected by the Finnish government, putting the museum in danger of not being built at all.

Urban Sanctuary at Helsinki Design Week 2016

10:00 - 8 September, 2016
Urban Sanctuary at Helsinki Design Week 2016

'Urban Sanctuary' presents a new architectural typology for a public sacred space which uses interactive technologies, enhances people's embodied thoughts, feelings and habits, and can function well in urban sites.
This event is part of the official programme of Helsinki Design Week 2016, the biggest design festival in Scandinavia.