Venice Biennale 2012: Finnish Pavilion presents “New Forms in Wood”

Kilden Performing Arts Centre; Kristiansand, Norway / © Ivan Baan

Wood has always been ’s preferred building material, as both nature and the forest has long provided a livelihood and enduring source of inspiration for Finnish artists and architects. Now, with the use of modern technology and new treatment methods, Finnish architects are pushing the boundaries of this conventional material to unleash new creative potential. To celebrate the reopening of the newly restored, Alvar Aalto-designed Finnish pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale, “New Forms in Wood” will highlight the work of young Finnish architects who have used wood inventively in their recent works.

Continue after the break to review the exhibition’s featured projects and architects.

Chapel of St.Lawrence / Avanto Architects, Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen

© Kuvio

Architects: Avanto Architects,
Location: , Finland
Project area: 1,879 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Kuvio, Minna Hopia, Tuomas Uusheimo

Four-cornered Villa / Avanto Architects

© Kuvio

Architects: Avanto Architects
Location: , Finland
Project area: 78 sqm
Project year: 2008 - 2010
Photographs: Kuvio – Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield