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3 Winners Announced in Finland’s “From Border to Home” Competition

06:00 - 14 January, 2016
3 Winners Announced in Finland’s “From Border to Home” Competition, Courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture
Courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture

The Museum of Finnish Architecture, in collaboration with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), has announced the winners of its “From Border to Home” competition, which sought solutions for temporary housing seekers who are awaiting a decision on their refugee status, prior to finding more permanent housing in Finland. Ninety-three entries were submitted from countries around the world including Finland, Sweden, Norway, China, Belarus, the United States, and Brazil, among others. Submitted proposals included solutions that would provide a positive social impact, and also support future ideas about long-term living arrangements.

The jury, comprised of architects, members from the Ministry of the Interior, the Finnish Red Cross, and the Finnish Refugee Council, shortlisted seven entries in the first round of judging. They praised the overall quality of the submissions, stating that they ranged in strategies from tackling national issues to creating new buildings, repurposing old sites, and even transforming housing solutions to digital platforms.

From those, three winners tied for first place, chosen due do their “logical coherence and compelling social impact,” according to the jurors. These entries will be showcased in the Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale this upcoming summer.

Lappeenranta City Theatre / ALA Architects

05:00 - 4 December, 2015
Lappeenranta City Theatre / ALA Architects, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

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David Basulto to Curate Nordic Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

13:52 - 3 December, 2015
David Basulto to Curate Nordic Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, The Nordic Pavilion in Venice, designed by Sverre Fehn in 1960. Image © Feruzzi
The Nordic Pavilion in Venice, designed by Sverre Fehn in 1960. Image © Feruzzi

The Nordic Pavilion, representing Finland, Norway and Sweden, has selected David Basulto as curator for their exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Responding to Biennale director Alejandro Aravena's theme for the 2016 event, Reporting from the Front, the exhibition organized by Basulto and the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes) will use Nordic architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture as "a springboard" to understand the future challenges which architecture and the built environment will face. The announcement is accompanied by an open call for completed projects that address these challenges. Selected projects will be displayed in the Sverre Fehn-designed pavilion at the Venice Biennale from May 28th to November 27th 2016.

COBE and Lundén Architecture Envision Transformation of Helsinki's Töölönlahti Bay into "Citizens' Park"

14:00 - 17 November, 2015
COBE and Lundén Architecture Envision Transformation of Helsinki's Töölönlahti Bay into "Citizens' Park", © COBE and Lundén Architecture
© COBE and Lundén Architecture

COBE and Lundén Architecture, the Danish-Finnish collaboration that has previously worked together on Tampere's Transport Hub, has revealed a plan to revitalize the Töölönlahti bay area in central Helsinki. Completed for the Finnish creative marketing agency N2, the proposal is a vision of what the area could become after a century of broken promises to clean up the polluted and underutilized area of the city. On their website, N2 estimates that the project would require an investment of €120 million, and if taken up by the government could be completed in time for the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence in 2017.

© COBE and Lundén Architecture © COBE and Lundén Architecture © COBE and Lundén Architecture © Luxigon +10

Open Call: From Border to Home - Housing Solutions for Asylum Seekers

07:30 - 11 November, 2015
Open Call: From Border to Home - Housing Solutions for Asylum Seekers  , Background image from October 19, 2015, when the competition was officially announced and the seminar From Border to home was held at the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Image: https://www.facebook.com/events/459376257575342/
Background image from October 19, 2015, when the competition was officially announced and the seminar From Border to home was held at the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Image: https://www.facebook.com/events/459376257575342/

The Museum of Finnish Architecture, in collaboration with the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, organizes an open, anonymous architectural competition for the design of solutions to housing needs of refugees in northern Europe.
The submissions will form the basis of an exhibition to be hosted in the Finnish Pavilion at the forthcoming Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. The main exhibition at the Venice Biennale will be curated by the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Its theme, Reporting from the front, is a call for proactive communal responsibility among architectural practitioners.

Exhibition: The Finnish Rowhouse – From Working-Class Housing to Middle-Class Dream

19:30 - 30 September, 2015
Exhibition: The Finnish Rowhouse – From Working-Class Housing to Middle-Class Dream, Rowhouse Korkalo, Rovaniemi, 1959. © Aimo A. Tuomi / Alvar Aalto Museum Collections
Rowhouse Korkalo, Rovaniemi, 1959. © Aimo A. Tuomi / Alvar Aalto Museum Collections

'The Finnish rowhouse – from working-class housing to middle-class dream' exhibition is showing gems of this lifestyle familiar to all Finns, with the hand of Alvar Aalto and his architect contemporaries powerfully in evidence.

Based on extensive research by Professor Riitta Nikula, the exhibition tells the intriguing story of the rowhouse, uncovering the eventful history of rowhouse living from the 1900s to the 1960s. The exhibition uses drawings, photographs and films to present this high-quality everyday architecture.

OOPEAA's Puukuokka Housing Block Wins 2015 Finlandia Prize

12:00 - 23 September, 2015
OOPEAA's Puukuokka Housing Block Wins 2015 Finlandia Prize, Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA. Image © Mikko Auerniitty
Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA. Image © Mikko Auerniitty

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has selected OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture's Puukuokka housing block as winner of the 2015 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. Saariaho, this year's sole judge for the prize, choose the eight-story wooden apartment building over four other shortlisted projects "because it demonstrates values that [she] appreciates in life as well as in architecture: it is a courageous and ambitious work that brings together an exploration of new possibilities for building and construction, a humane sensibility, and a quest for ecological solutions as well as a strive towards better quality of life.”

Lumi / Avanto Architects

09:00 - 10 September, 2015
Lumi / Avanto Architects, © kuvio.com / Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield
© kuvio.com / Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield

© kuvio.com / Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield © kuvio.com / Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield © kuvio.com / Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield © kuvio.com / Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield +16

Housing in East Lauttasaari / Arkkitehdit NRT Oy

05:00 - 8 September, 2015
Housing in East Lauttasaari  / Arkkitehdit NRT Oy, © Antti Luutonen
© Antti Luutonen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Purjeentekijänkuja 1, 00210 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Jyrki Tasa, Pirjo Soininen, Eeva-Liisa Elo-Lehtinen, Sami Vikström
  • Area

    33000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Antti Luutonen © Antti Luutonen © Antti Luutonen © Antti Luutonen +12

5 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 Finlandia Prize

06:00 - 4 September, 2015
5 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 Finlandia Prize, OP HEADQUARTERS / JKMM Architects. Image © Mika Huisman
OP HEADQUARTERS / JKMM Architects. Image © Mika Huisman

The Finnish Association of Architects SAFA has announced the five projects shortlisted for the 2015 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. After hosting the competition successfully for the first time last year, the Association has returned to “increase public awareness of high quality Finnish architecture and [to highlight] its benefits for our well-being.”

Similarly to last year, while the five shortlisted projects were selected by a jury of architects, the final winning design will be chosen by a non-architect. This year Kaija Saariaho, an internationally renowned Finnish composer, will select the 2015 winner. “I’ve always taken a keen interest in architecture and of course concert halls," said Saariaho. "When visiting the buildings now proposed for the prize, I gave much thought to how deeply architecture affects our lives on a daily basis."

Learn more about the five shortlisted projects, after the break.

Viikinmäki Quarter House / AFKS

13:00 - 7 August, 2015
Viikinmäki Quarter House / AFKS, © Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Harjannetie 36, 00710 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Jari Frondelius, Jaakko Keppo, Juha Salmenperä architects SAFA
  • Area

    3600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman +28

Alvar Aalto Foundation Launches Competition to Form Museum Center in Jyväskylä

16:11 - 29 June, 2015
Alvar Aalto Foundation Launches Competition to Form Museum Center in Jyväskylä, © Alvar Aalto Foundation
© Alvar Aalto Foundation

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

12:30 - 26 June, 2015

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

05:25 - 23 June, 2015
Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal Wins Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

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 +16

Kekkilä Green Shed / Linda Bergroth + Ville Hara

13:00 - 21 June, 2015
Kekkilä Green Shed  / Linda Bergroth  + Ville Hara, Courtesy of Linda Bergroth
Courtesy of Linda Bergroth

Courtesy of Linda Bergroth Courtesy of Linda Bergroth Courtesy of Linda Bergroth Courtesy of Linda Bergroth +13

Hotel Indigo Helsinki / Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto

03:00 - 9 June, 2015
Hotel Indigo Helsinki / Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
  • Architects

  • 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 +23

DO! 13th International Alvar Aalto Symposium

02:30 - 5 June, 2015
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

04:00 - 1 June, 2015

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.

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