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

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

Wood has always been Finland’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.

Serlachius Museum Gösta Competition Entry / Eero Lunden Studio (Helsinki, Finland) + Eric Tan of PinkCloud.DK


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