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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.

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Wins Competition for Housing and Transportation Complex in Finland

14:00 - 18 January, 2017
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Wins Competition for Housing and Transportation Complex in Finland, View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, with associate architect Arkkitehdit m3, has won a competition for the design of a new Travel Services Center and residential block to be located in the city of Oulu, Finland. Located between the low-lying neighborhood of Puu-Raksila and the high-rising city center, the complex will connect districts through large, arching openings puncturing through a dynamic, horizontal profile, while providing new housing for the city.

View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki View from Puu-Raksila. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Inside the Travel Service Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Site Plan. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki +4

Winning Proposal for Finland Bay Masterplan Transforms Industry into Innovation

12:00 - 13 January, 2017
Winning Proposal for Finland Bay Masterplan Transforms Industry into Innovation, Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks
Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks

The City of Tampere, Finland has announced the proposal by Schauman & Nordgren Architects and Mandaworks as the winner of an open international competition for Hiedanranta Bay's new master plan. The design, entitled "Hiedanranta Innovation Bay," responds to the rapid growth of Tampere's central region. Over the next 20 years, the Innovation Bay will see the transformation of the former industrial district into an innovation hub for sustainable economic development, creating 10,000 new jobs, and housing over 25,000 new residents.

Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks +15

Suvela Chapel / OOPEAA

09:00 - 6 January, 2017
Suvela Chapel / OOPEAA, © Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Espoo, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Anssi Lassila
  • Project Architect

    Iida Hedberg
  • Area

    2150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

New Documentary to Dive into the Life and Works of Eero Saarinen

14:00 - 25 December, 2016
New Documentary to Dive into the Life and Works of Eero Saarinen, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnps/5263761913'>Flickr user jeffnps</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user jeffnps licensed under CC BY 2.0

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen will be the focus of the Season 30 Finale of American Masters, the PBS documentary program that highlights the preeminent cultural icons of United States’ history.

Co-produced by Saarinen’s son, Eric, the documentary will dig into the life and work of the visionary architect, covering seminal projects including St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch, the General Motors Technical Center, New York's TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University's Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, and Virginia's Dulles Airport.

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Project Team

    Marco Casagrande, Nikita Wu, Hiroki Oja, Atsushi Yamanaka
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

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.