Omenapuisto Day-Care-Center / Hakli Architects

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Architects: Hakli Architects
Location: Helsinki,
Architectural Design: Seppo Häkli, Matti Tervonen
Area: 890 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jussi Tiainen

House M-M / Tuomas Siitonen Office

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Architects: Tuomas Siitonen Office
Location: Helsinki,
Area: 145.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Maija Luutonen

5 Teams Shortlisted to Redesign Tampere Travel Interchange

Site Area. Image © BLOM

To accommodate for the inevitable growth in population, , ’s second largest city has shortlisted five teams to reimagine its largest railway station. With of vision of the Railway Station becoming a lively multi-functional city area by 2030, competitors have been asked to design an overall masterplan that will guide future development for the travel and service center area. The following architect-led teams have each received €80,000 to participate:

Venice Biennale 2014: Nordic Pavilion to Study Architecture’s Role in East African Independence

FORMS OF FREEDOM. Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya. 1966–1973. Architect: Karl Henrik Nøstvik.. Image © David Keith Jones

The National Museum in has been chosen to curate the Nordic Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, and architectural firm Space Group. The , “FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models” will study modern Nordic architecture’s role in the liberation of East Africa during the 1960s and 70s.

What the Guggenheim Should Consider Before Building in Helsinki

The / Frank Gehry. Image © Flickr User: Iker Merodio

The Guggenheim is planning a new museum in Helsinki. The site is in the heart of the city, next door to the late 19th Century market hall and open-air market place, two minutes from Helsinki Cathedral. The project, therefore, has great landmark potential for the city. And many Finns are lured by this very potential, wanting to increase tourism and put their capital city more evidently on the world map. There has also been discussion in the country’s main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat about how Finns should welcome a more joyous and fun architecture.

Destination-creation and architecture as entertainment are certainly strong themes of our times.  They were treated with great artistry by Frank Gehry with the Bilbao Guggenheim, opened in 1997. However, it’s important to remember that the Bilbao might best be considered a spectacular one-off. Mayors, politicians and world leaders have since sought, in perhaps too facile a way, to rebrand their cities and countries with iconic landmarks. There has been much talk of making cities “world class” through such architectural gestures, and yet much of this marketer’s fodder is wholly out of touch with what makes great architecture great.

Tampere Travel and Service Centre Design Competition

The City of , the Finnish Transport Agency, the VR-Group and Senate Properties are organizing an international design contest for the Tampere Travel and Service Centre and its environs. The design contest for the travel and service centre is looking for a shared vision for the area’s development as well as shared view on the guidelines for future measures.

The competitors’ task is to create an overall plan for the travel and service centre area that is of high quality in terms of its services and congruence with the cityscape. The travel and service centre area must incorporate the following elements: a travel and service centre that serves different modes of public transport; easy accessibility by different modes of travel; pleasant urban spaces as well as high-quality office, service and housing construction. This is an ideas competition.

Sauna Tonttu / Anssi Lassila – Lassila Hirvilammi

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Architects: Lassila Hirvilammi
Location: 63800 Soini,
Architect In Charge: Anssi Lassila
Builders: tmi Petri Piipponen
Area: 16.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Mikko Auerniitty

Kärsämäki Church / Anssi Lassila – Lassila Hirvilammi

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Architects: Lassila Hirvilammi
Location: Pappilankuja 24, 86710 , Finland
Architect In Charge: Anssi Lassila
Building: Parish of Kärsämäki
Engineering: Jussi Tervaoja, architect, DI
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2004
Photographs: Jussi Tiainen

Helsinki University Main Library / Anttinen Oiva Architects

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Architects: Anttinen Oiva Architects
Location: Kaisaniemenkatu, , Finland
Design Team Leader: Vesa Oiva
Area: 31,700 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mika Huisman, Tuomas Uusheimo

Exhibition: Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi

View of the Civic Square From Rovaniemi Town Hall, Hallituskatu 7. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto/Provincial Museum of Lapland

Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi, a new at the Museum, takes an in-depth look at ’s work in and around Rovaniemi. As well as the administrative and cultural centre, the works on show include lesser-known residential and commercial buildings. The , collated by the Provincial Museum of Lapland, will be open in the Gallery at the Alvar Aalto Museum from 1.11.2013 to 2.2.2014.

Aalto’s work in Rovaniemi began as early as the 1940s with master planning. Over the decades that followed, various buildings were constructed such as the Aho residential and commercial complex in the city centre and the Korkalorinne housing scheme, built according to the garden suburb ideal. Aalto’s monumental architecture is represented by the Town Hall, the Library and Lappia Hall completed between the 1960s and the 1980s.

As well as the architecture, Aalto’s buildings are examined from the viewpoint of visitors, employees and residents. “The experiences of users provide an alternative, complementary viewpoint on Aalto’s buildings, which allows room for critical comment,” says Charlotte Malaprade who has written the exhibition texts.

The Alvar Aalto Museum has supplemented the Timeless exhibition with local comment from Jyväskylä. Experiences of living in the Viitatorni multi-storey block in Jyväskylä are told by the residents themselves in words and pictures.

Title: Exhibition: Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi
Website: http://www.alvaraalto.fi/index_en.htm
Organizers: Alvar Aalto Museum
From: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 02 Feb 2014
Venue: Gallery at the Alvar Aalto Museum
Address: Alvar Aallon katu 7, 40600 Jyväskylä sub-region, Finland

Hipsterkasbah (Otaniemi Campus, Aalto University) / ALA Architects

Boulevard Rendering. Image Courtesy of

ALA Architect‘s submission for Aalto University‘s Campus2015 international design competition proposed a “conglomerate of buildings to form an incubator of activity.” Their aim was to “connect existing structures and projects to create a new areal hotspot, an urban concentration with vivid street life” in order to nurture an “open display of creativity.”

“The Hug” / MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella

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MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella just released their entry for the Alvar Aalto University Otaniemi Campus Competition in Helsinki. Their proposal focuses on the creation of an energy-efficient learning environment that rethinks the traditional courtyard typology. It uses different levels and heights to create a variety of public and private spaces open to both students and inhabitants of the city, all while framing the main Alvar Aalto building.

The architects’ description after the break. 

Verstas Architects Selected for New Core of Aalto University in Finland

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Helsinki-based Verstas Architects have recently been announced as the winners of a competition to design a new central campus for the Aalto University in EspooFinland. The new core of the university will sit alongside the campus’s original Main Building and Library designed by Alvar Aalto.

Arctia Headquarters / K2S Architects

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Architects: K2S Architects
Location: Katajanokka ,
Architect In Charge: Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola & Mikko Summanen
Construction Designer: Eero Kotkas
Area: 950.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mika Huisman, Marko Huttunen

House of Children in Saunalahti / JKMM Architects

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Architects: JKMM Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Katja Savolainen, Christopher Delaney, Päivi Meuronen, Edit Bajsz, Aaro Martikainen, Ilona Palmunen, Merita Soini
Area: 1,750 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mika Huisman

AD Architecture School Guide: Tampere University of Technology

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is consistently ranked by several different organizations, amongst them the UN, as the top in student’s education, well-being and even overall human development rankings. These factors make pursuing higher education in equally appealing. Why? Because in a country that is highly ranked for human development indices like life expectancy, and GDP per capita, and world happiness, the standard of living is most likely to be good for students as well. This is an important consideration for architecture students who often experience enormous stress within the studio culture which dominates most curriculums.

At Tampere University of Technology, not only can students benefit from a high standard of living, but they can also pursue a degree, conducted entirely in English, at all three degree levels: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral. Within those degree levels, the major areas span the range of practice-oriented architecture curriculums to those focused on theory and research. Focuses include Architecture, Architectural Construction, Architectural Design, Architectural and Urban Research, History of Architecture, Housing Design, Urban Planning and Design and Theory of Urban Planning and Design.

Saunalahti School / VERSTAS Architects

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Architects: VERSTAS Architects
Location: , Finland
Design Team: Väinö Nikkilä, Jussi Palva, Riina Palva, Ilkka Salminen
Area: 10,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Andreas Meichsner

Helsinki Central Library Winning Proposal / ALA Architects

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ALA Architects have just won the design competition for the new Central Library with their entry “Käännös”. Located in the heart of , the 16,000 square meter library building will consist almost entirely of public spaces and will offer a wide selection of services. It will serve as the new central point for the city’s impressive public library network and is slated to open in 2018. More images and architects’ description after the break.