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, ,
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 exhibition 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 exhibition, collated by the Provincial Museum of Lapland, will be open in the Gallery at the 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,

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 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: Espoo,
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.

Light Houses. Young Nordic Architecture Exhibition

Boathouse by TYIN tegnestue / © Pasi Aalto

The Museum of Finnish Architecture’s summer exhibition, ‘Light Houses.Young Nordic Architecture‘ is a two-part showing of contemporary work by young Nordic architects taking place now until September 22. Thirty-two architects from , Sweden and Norway – all born after 1962, the year the pavilion was designed – were invited to design a sculptural piece that both complements the modernist vocabulary of Fehn’s pavilion and encapsulates their office’s philosophy of architecture in a 3D form of pre-specified dimensions. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Atelier Heikkilä / Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen

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Architects: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen
Location: Korpilahti,
Architect In Charge: Architects Rudanko, Kankkunen
Area: 220 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maija Holma

Hämeenkyrö Environmental School Competition Entry / Hyperbuildings

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Located in a rural setting in central , a few kilometers north of the city of Tampere, the proposal for the Environmental School by Hyperbuildings aims to be a reflection of the school’s nationally acclaimed environmental curriculum. The addition is an L-shaped volume that forms a new central courtyard with the existing 1903  building where the school is currently housed. This approach seeks to maximize opportunities for having natural and agricultural landscapes on the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Apelle / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: Karjaa,
C Lab Team: Nikita Wu, Jan Luksic, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Marco Casagrande

‘Resilient Mikkeli’ Third Prize Winning Proposal / Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

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Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden were just awarded this past week with the third prize in the open international architectural competition in , Finland. From 107 proposals submitted last October, Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden were one of five teams selected to continue work in the second stage. is a medium-sized municipality with 80,000 inhabitants, most of whom live in the urban area . Their challenge was to find a model for how can densify around and best utilize the lakefront in an ecologically sensitive & holistically sustainable way. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Library in Seinäjoki / JKMM Architects

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Architects: JKMM Architects
Location: Seinäjoki,
Main Designer: Asmo Jaaksi – Architect SAFA
Design Team: Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Aaro Martikainen (project architect), Teemu Toivio (project architect) – Architects SAFA, Harri Lindberg – Arch. Student, Päivi Meuronen (interior design) – Interior Architect SIO
Area: 4,430 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman, Hanu Vallas

Rainbow Housing Project / ARK-house Architects

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Architects: ARK-house Architects
Location: Helsinki,
Design Team: Pentti Kareoja, Harri Ahonen, Heljä Herranen
Client: NCC
Area: 5,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tiia Ettala