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What Exactly is Matti Suuronen's Futuro House?

04:00 - 12 December, 2016
What Exactly is Matti Suuronen's Futuro House?, © Gili Merin
© Gili Merin

The Futuro House looks more like an alien spacecraft than a building. Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a ski chalet, the radical design was subsequently marketed to the public as a small prefabricated home, easily assembled and installed on virtually any topography. Its plastic construction and futurist aesthetic combined to create a product which is identifiable with both the future and the past.

© Gili Merin © Gili Merin © Gili Merin © Gili Merin +10

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.

Gamla Villan / Mer Arkkitehdit

13:00 - 29 November, 2016
Gamla Villan / Mer Arkkitehdit, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hanko, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Paula Leiwo
  • Area

    120.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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. 

Rest Area Niemenharju / Studio Puisto Architects

05:00 - 11 November, 2016
Rest Area Niemenharju / Studio Puisto Architects, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin +26

House Savukvartsi / Honkarakenne

09:00 - 9 November, 2016
House Savukvartsi / Honkarakenne, Courtesy of Honkarakenne
Courtesy of Honkarakenne

Courtesy of Honkarakenne Courtesy of Honkarakenne Courtesy of Honkarakenne Courtesy of Honkarakenne +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vantaa, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Jaakko and Elizaveta Parkkonen
  • Area

    239.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

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."

Villa Muurame / Marco Casagrande

08:00 - 7 November, 2016
Villa Muurame / Marco Casagrande, © Jenni Moilanen
© Jenni Moilanen

© Jenni Moilanen © Tiina Salminen © Jenni Moilanen © Jenni Moilanen +22

Kekkapää Stables / POOK

02:00 - 10 October, 2016
Kekkapää Stables / POOK , © Kuvio Ltd
© Kuvio Ltd

© Kuvio Ltd       © Kuvio Ltd       © Kuvio Ltd       © Kuvio Ltd       +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Espoo, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Katariina Rautiala, Pentti Raiski
  • Structural Design

    ET-Suunnittelu Oy
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Fazer Visitor Center & Meeting Center / K2S Architects

02:00 - 30 September, 2016
Fazer Visitor Center & Meeting Center  / K2S Architects , © Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

© Mika Huisman                © Mika Huisman                © Mika Huisman                © Mika Huisman                +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Finland
  • Design Team

    Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen
  • Area

    5130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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.

4 Projects Named as Finalists for the 2016 Finlandia Prize

12:00 - 6 September, 2016
4 Projects Named as Finalists for the 2016 Finlandia Prize

The Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) have announced a shortlist of 4 projects in contention for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2016. Now in its third year, the prize continues with the goal to “increase public awareness of high quality Finnish architecture and [to highlight] its benefits for our well-being.”

Following the tradition of the award, while the shortlist was selected by a panel of architects, the final winning project will be chosen by a non-architect. This year, former Prime Minister of Finland Paavo Lipponen will have the honor of picking the winner.

Find out more about the 4 projects after the break.

Kokoon / Aalto University Wood Program

05:00 - 19 August, 2016
Kokoon  / Aalto University Wood Program, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© LéaPfister Courtesy of  Aalto University Wood Program © LéaPfister © Marc Goodwin +53

Cabin K / Studio Kamppari

03:00 - 18 August, 2016
Cabin K / Studio Kamppari, Courtesy of Studio Kamppari
Courtesy of Studio Kamppari

Courtesy of Studio Kamppari Courtesy of Studio Kamppari Courtesy of Studio Kamppari Courtesy of Studio Kamppari +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    78200 Varkaus, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Sini Kamppari
  • Area

    56.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Renovation Of The Aalto University Undergraduate Centre / Arkkitehdit NRT Oy

05:00 - 15 August, 2016
Renovation Of  The Aalto University Undergraduate Centre  / Arkkitehdit NRT Oy, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Otakaari 1, 02150 Espoo, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Arkkitehdit NRT Oy
  • Design Team

    Matti Nurmela, Tuomo Remes, Teemu Tuomi Architectural design team: Teemu Tuomi, Matti Nurmela, Tuomo Remes, Timo Kilpiö, Kristiina Suoniemi, Jani Koivula, Heikki Ruoho, Tuula Olli, Susanna Anttila, Tommi Suvanto, Kimmo Roponen, Heikki Saarinen, Tuula Hikipää, Sini Papakonstantinou, Mila Viksilä
  • Area

    47985.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Three Nordic Refractions: After Belonging Agency Discuss the Theme of the 2016 Oslo Trienniale

04:00 - 12 August, 2016

In May 2016, the After Belonging Agency discussed the theme of the forthcoming Oslo Architecture Triennale—entitled After Belonging: a Triennale In-Residence, On Residence, and the Ways We Stay In-Transit—as part of In Therapy, the exhibition of the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The hour-long discussion, which also includes presentations by Shumi Bose and Füsun Türetken, begins with an in-depth description of how the Triennale intends to focus on the future challenges of migration by investigating how cities and architecture can react to large groups of people moving and resettling.

House H : a' House / Hirvilammi Architects

03:00 - 10 August, 2016
House H : a' House / Hirvilammi Architects, © Jussi Tiainen
© Jussi Tiainen

© Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen +34