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Alvar Aalto Foundation Launches Competition to Form Museum Center in Jyväskylä

The Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Jyväskylä has launched an open international competition in search of an architect to design an extension that would connect the Alvar Aalto Museum with the Museum of Central Finland, and the surrounding outdoor area. The aim is to connect these two key Aalto works to form an attractive, high-quality museum center. 

“On the initiative of the Alvar Aalto Foundation we set about taking the matter forwards, our hope being to hold an international design competition. It is wonderful to be involved, via the competition, in linking the museum buildings together, something that Alvar Aalto had originally intended,” says Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation Tommi Lindh. Read on to learn more. 

Video: Gösta Serlachius Museum / MX_SI

Architectural photographer Pedro Pegenaute has shared with us a video through MX-SI's Serlachius Museum Gösta in Mänttä, Finland. An expansion of the existing Joennimei manor, the new building was built to host contemporary art traveling exhibitions and accommodate the museum's growing collections. MX-SI was also commissioned to design a new bridge that connects the museum to the island of Taavetinsaari. You can see them both in the film above.

Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal Wins Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

Moreau Kusunoki, based in Paris, have been announced as the winners of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition following a year of shortlisting, refining and deliberation. Their proposal—entitled Art in the City—"sums up the qualities the jury admired in the design" noted Mark Wigley, chair of the jury. He continued: "the waterfront, park, and nearby urban area all have a dialogue with the loose cluster of pavilions, with people and activities flowing between them. The design is imbued with a sense of community and animation that matches the ambitions of the brief to honor both the people of Finland and the creation of a more responsive museum of the future."

The announcement was made this morning in Helsinki by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. Also present was Professor Mark Wigley, chair of the jury and Dean Emeritus of Columbia GSAPP, Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of Helsinki, Ari Lahti, chairman of the Guggenheim Helsinki Supporting Foundation, and the architect team.

Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

Hotel Indigo Helsinki / Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto

  • Architects: Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto
  • Location: Bulevardi 26, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect In Charge: Sami Horto
  • Design Team: Teemu Asikainen, Mikko Tuomisto, Hanna Jalassola (Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto Oy)
  • Area: 7730.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo

DO! 13th International Alvar Aalto Symposium

The Alvar Aalto Symposium gathers together top names in contemporary architecture. This year’s international figures include American architect Greg Lynn, one of the Symposium’s keynote speakers. In line with the theme of the event – DO! – speakers will be rolling up their sleeves and personally opening up about what architects and urban planners really do. The symposium will be held on 7–9 August 2015 in Jyväskylä, Finland.

AD Interviews: Mikko Summanen / K2S

We caught up with Mikko Summanen, one of the co-founders of Finnish firm K2S architects, during his recent trip to Chile for the Finland-Chile Architecture Marathon lecture series. K2S is known for their work designing public and cultural buildings, with projects including the Arctia Headquarters and the Kamppi Chapel in Helsinki, both of which follow the tradition of Finnish architecture (wood, light, craftsmanship, construction detail), while exploring new ways to materialize the tradition. K2S are especially known for their innovative use of traditional materials, as seen with the curved wooden walls of the Kamppi Chapel, with its interiors bathed in light; the use of brick on the Paasitorni Hotel, and the influence of the Finnish maritime industry on the floating Arctia Headquarters.

“In the case of the chapel in Kamppi, what we found really rewarding is that it’s a combination of really traditional techniques like carpentry and shipbuilding combined with the most contemporary technologies like 3D modeling … and even nanotechnology in the case of the treatment of the wooden facades,” Summanen told us.

AD Interviews: Mikko Summanen / K2S AD Interviews: Mikko Summanen / K2S AD Interviews: Mikko Summanen / K2S AD Interviews: Mikko Summanen / K2S

Health Clinic Ruukki / alt Architects + Karsikas

  • Architects: alt Architects, Karsikas
  • Location: Kansantie, 92400 Siikajoki, Finland
  • Architect In Charge: Martti Karsikas
  • Building Architectural Design: alt Architects
  • Architectural Designer: alt Architects Ltd / Ville-Pekka Ikola, Antti Karsikas, Kalle Vahtera
  • Area: 910.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of alt Architects/ Ville-Pekka Ikola

Courtesy of alt Architects/ Ville-Pekka Ikola Courtesy of alt Architects/ Ville-Pekka Ikola Courtesy of alt Architects/ Ville-Pekka Ikola Courtesy of alt Architects/ Ville-Pekka Ikola

Harjunkulma Housing Block / Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Arkkitehdit

  • Architects: Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Arkkitehdit
  • Location: 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Architect In Charge: Kirsti Sivén, Asko Takala
  • Area: 23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Asko Takala, Sampo Sikiö

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Asko Takala © Asko Takala © Tuomas Uusheimo

Verstas Architects Win Competition to Expand Lapland Central Hospital in Finland

Finnish firm Verstas Architects has been awarded first place in a competition for the expansion of Finland's Lapland central hospital for their design of a functional complex of "healing architecture." Responding to the challenge of Finland's aging population and changes in municipal funding, the winning proposal reflects the "hospital of tomorrow," creating a flexible and functional space in conversation with its urban surrounds.

JKMM's Helsinki Amos Anderson Art Museum to be Built Underground

The future of Helsinki's contemporary art scene has never been brighter; Amos Anderson Art Museum has announced plans to build a new venue at the heart of the the Finnish city. Designed by local firm JKMM, the New Amos Anderson Art Museum is to be built in and below Lasipalatsi square, a landmark site of Finnish Functionalism. 

© JKMM Architects © JKMM Architects © JKMM Architects © JKMM Architects

TU/e Students to Build Leonardo da Vinci's Bridge Out of Ice

Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will attempt to beat the world-record for the longest open span attained by an ice structure by constructing an ice bridge inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Following a yearly tradition of exhibiting architecture made from ice, the bridge is anticipated to span an astounding 50 meters. If the team succeeds, they will shatter the school's previous record set in 2014 when students built an ice dome spanning 30 meters.

Read on after the break for more on the massive ice bridge.

6 Final Designs Unveiled for Guggenheim Helsinki

Now for the first time, Guggenheim has unveiled the six fully developed designs competing to become Guggenheim Helsinki. Selected from 1,715 entries in world's the most popular architectural competition, the remaining finalists have spent the past five months refining their designs after being shortlisted by an independent 11-member jury, of which includes Studio Gang's Jeanne Gang and former Columbia University dean Mark Wigley

The release foreshadows the April 25 opening of Guggenheim Helsinki Now: Six Finalist Designs Unveiled, a free exhibition that will open the projects up to public critique. A winner will be announced on June 23.  

All 6 detailed proposals, after the break.

Competition Results: 'The Next Helsinki' Call For Ideas

The organisers behind The Next Helsinki, an 'anti-competition' masterminded by architect and critic Michael Sorkin, have highlighted a number of entries from 217 international submissions. Launched as an alternative to the controversial, "imperialised" Guggenheim Helsinki project, the call for ideas asked architects, urbanists, artists, and environmentalists to imagine how  and its South Harbour could be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city’s residents and visitors. It "sought to ask first if a massive foreign museum was the highest and best use for public resources, especially in an aspiration-focused egalitarian social democracy like Finland."

See a shortlist of eight entries that, according to the jury, "reflect the variety and depth of the submissions" after the break. "These entries are not to be viewed as refined and final proposals, but rather ideas."

#76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #191 Baltic Tale of Nothingness / Constantinos Marcou & Costas Nicolaou. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki

10 Things The “Cities: Skylines” Video Game Taught Us About Modern Urbanism

Ask a random person in the street about their favorite hobbies, and it’s unlikely that they’ll say “urban planning and traffic management” - yet when video games began to take off in the late 1980s city-building was one of the first breakout hits, in the form of Maxis’ SimCity series. The huge success of the “Sim” series in general drove conversations about the value of simulation, as part of the general 1990s optimism about virtual worlds being the future. Sim games became the subject of academic critiques of their philosophy of the world, while city builders became a lot more than a game: in 2002, SimCity 3000 was used as a semi-serious test for mayoral candidates in Warsaw.

After a slump caused by a difficult transition to 3D graphics, city builders are back in vogue. Following what is widely considered as a disappointing SimCity reboot in 2013, Finland’s Colossal Order recently released Cities: Skylines to critical and financial success. But simulations require assumptions; they are, after all, written by people who have their own conscious and unconscious views on how and why cities work. The limitations around designing a video game - the fact that each asset must be modeled and textured, and that each transport option requires a huge amount of work to simulate - mean that Cities: Skylines is as stripped down and streamlined an articulation of urban philosophy as Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse or the New Urbanists' models, and just as interesting. We investigate 10 things this game tells us about 21st century urbanism, after the break.

Michael Sorkin's 'The Next Helsinki' Competition Attracts Over 200 Entries

The organisers behind The Next Helsinki, a competition masterminded by architect and critic Michael Sorkin, have announced that they have received over 200 international entries. Launched as an alternative to the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki project, the competition called upon architects, urbanists, artists, and environmentalists to imagine how Helsinki and the South Harbour site allotted to the proposed museum could be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city’s residents and visitors.

Kalasataman Huvilat Townhouses / PORTAALI architects Ltd + ArkOpen Ltd

  • Architects: PORTAALI architects Ltd, ArkOpen Ltd
  • Location: Antareksenkatu 10, 00540 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect In Charge: Juha Kämäräinen
  • Area: 1955.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Photos Tuomas Uusheimo, Studio Halas

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