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Kalasatama School and Day Care / JKMM Architects

05:00 - 19 February, 2017
Kalasatama School and Day Care / JKMM Architects, ©  Studio Hans Koistinen
© Studio Hans Koistinen

©  Studio Hans Koistinen ©  Studio Hans Koistinen © Mika Huisman ©  Studio Hans Koistinen +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Juha Mäki-Jyllilä
  • Partners

    Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen
  • Area

    8480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Studio Hans Koistinen , Mika Huisman, Courtesy of JKMM Architects

Maunula House / K2S Architects

02:00 - 16 February, 2017
 Maunula House / K2S Architects, © Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

© Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Metsäpurontie 4, 00630 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen
  • Area

    3100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Snøhetta Wins Competition for Ice-Inspired Hotel on Helsinki's Waterfront

12:00 - 2 February, 2017
Snøhetta Wins Competition for Ice-Inspired Hotel on Helsinki's Waterfront, © Snøhetta
© Snøhetta

Snøhetta has been selected as the winners of an invited competition for the design of a new hotel to be located on the Hakaniemi waterfront in Helsinki, Finland. Aimed at becoming a “new beacon of Helsinki,” Hilbert’s Hotel will provide new public space for the city while increasing accommodation for visitors.

Alvar Aalto Foundation Breaks All-Time Record for Number of Visitors in 2016

12:00 - 26 January, 2017
Alvar Aalto Foundation Breaks All-Time Record for Number of Visitors in 2016, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Last year saw the Alvar Aalto Foundation experience a record-breaking number of visitors at each of its four sites – a total of 42,755 as opposed to the 36,744 people that toured the sites in 2015.

Of those numbers, The Alvar Aalto Museum and the Muuratsalo Experimental House in Jyväskylä received a total of 20,005 visitors combined, half of which had arrived from outside of Finland to explore the Museum, while also continuing the recent trend of an increasing number of visits over the past five years.

This Former Professional Skateboarder Is Now a Skate Park Architect

08:00 - 14 December, 2016

After a career as a professional skateboarder, Helsinki-based Janne Saario has become one of few landscape architects in the world with a practice devoted completely to designing skate parks for young people. Saario’s designs—all of which are located in Europe—diverge from the typical brutalist stereotypes of concrete skate park masses, and rather, are site-specific and heavily influenced by their natural surroundings. 

“Young people are our hope and future,” says Saario. “And by offering beautiful and meaningful surroundings to grow, like wonderful skate parks, we can make a positive change on their picture of the world and future behavior.”

Guggenheim Helsinki Plans Abandoned After Rejection by City Council

11:10 - 1 December, 2016
Guggenheim Helsinki Plans Abandoned After Rejection by City Council, © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
© Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is abandoning plans for a museum in the Finnish capital after a proposal for funding was rejected by the Helsinki City Council, 53-32.

“We are disappointed that the Helsinki City Council has decided not to allocate funds for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki museum, in effect bringing this project to a close,” Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, told the Helsinki Times.

Finnish Architect Juhani Pallasmaa Refuses to Support Guggenheim Helsinki Project

07:10 - 25 November, 2016
Finnish Architect Juhani Pallasmaa Refuses to Support Guggenheim Helsinki Project, Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal for Guggenheim Helsinki. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal for Guggenheim Helsinki. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

In a comment to the Architects' Journal, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa has expressed concern over the Guggenheim's plans to build a new museum in the city of Helsinki.

The project emphasises a consumerist and touristic view of art at the expense of the cultural and humane task of art. instead of strengthening local artistic traditions and practices, the project strengthens the already doubtful globalisation and commercialisation of art. The public funds could clearly be used in a more innovative and efficient manner to support Finnish artistic culture. 

Following Funding Defeat Supporters of the Guggenheim Helsinki Submit a Revised Plan

04:00 - 9 November, 2016
Following Funding Defeat Supporters of the Guggenheim Helsinki Submit a Revised Plan, The winning proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki (2015). Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
The winning proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki (2015). Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

Two months after the Finnish government vetoed funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki project, following an international competition won by Paris-based practice Moreau Kusunoki, it has been reported that supporters of the scheme have presented an updated proposal for the construction of the museum. According to The New York Times, "of its expected $144 million building costs, the City of Helsinki’s investment would cover a maximum of $89 million."

Arabiazza(s) Urban Plan for the Arabia District of Helsinki Focuses on Sustainability

13:00 - 5 November, 2016
Arabiazza(s) Urban Plan for the Arabia District of Helsinki Focuses on Sustainability, Courtesy of OOPEAA
Courtesy of OOPEAA

The future development of the Arabia Historic District in Helsinki has culminated in the second round of a two-stage competition. 

Arabiazza(s) — one of the four proposals selected for the second stage — was developed by team leader Anssi Lassila and comprised of OOPEAA working in collaboration with Lunden Architecture and Gehl Architects acting as a consultant in urban public space. Through a sequential flow of spaces in the form of public squares, Arabiazza(s) fundamentally aims to encourage public interaction. The intent to engage a broad range of people — from students to tourists to workers — inspired the creation of multiple sheltered inner courtyards.

Courtesy of OOPEAA Courtesy of OOPEAA Courtesy of OOPEAA Courtesy of OOPEAA +11

Plastique Fantastique Wrap Inflatable Intervention around Historic Sculpture for Helsinki Design Week

16:00 - 16 September, 2016

German collective Plastique Fantastique have created “superKOLMEMEN,” an inflatable structure encircling a historic sculpture in Three Smiths Square (Kolmen sepän aukio) in downtown Helsinki for Helsinki Design Week. Throughout the event, the installation was used as a space for lectures, performances and workshops, as well as a casual gathering place.

Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique +8

Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings

09:30 - 11 September, 2016
Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings, Copenhagen. Public domain image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vor_Frelsers_Kirke-view8.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a>.
Copenhagen. Public domain image via Wikimedia.

Metropolis Magazine has released their 2016 rankings of the world's most "livable" cities. Acknowledging that what makes a city "livable" can often be subjective, the team at Metropolis emphasizes that in creating the list they "focused on the concerns at Metropolis’ core—housing, transportation, sustainability, and culture." The result of this research was last year's top prize-winner Toronto dropping to the number 9 spot and Copenhagen, which last year took the number 4 spot, jumping to the top. Rounding out the top three are Berlin and Helsinki.

Guggenheim Helsinki Denied Funding by Finnish Government

14:00 - 8 September, 2016
Guggenheim Helsinki Denied Funding by Finnish Government, © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
© Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

For a few months spanning from 2014 to last year, the Guggenheim Helsinki museum competition was the hottest topic in architectural media. Even as Moreau Kusunoki's more contextually-driven design was selected as the competition winner, debate raged on over whether the search by yet another city for an iconic building to call their own was ultimately good or bad for architecture as a whole. But now, funding for the project has been rejected by the Finnish government, putting the museum in danger of not being built at all.

4 Projects Named as Finalists for the 2016 Finlandia Prize

12:00 - 6 September, 2016
4 Projects Named as Finalists for the 2016 Finlandia Prize

The Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) have announced a shortlist of 4 projects in contention for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2016. Now in its third year, the prize continues with the goal to “increase public awareness of high quality Finnish architecture and [to highlight] its benefits for our well-being.”

Following the tradition of the award, while the shortlist was selected by a panel of architects, the final winning project will be chosen by a non-architect. This year, former Prime Minister of Finland Paavo Lipponen will have the honor of picking the winner.

Find out more about the 4 projects after the break.

Kokoon / Aalto University Wood Program

05:00 - 19 August, 2016
Kokoon  / Aalto University Wood Program, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© LéaPfister Courtesy of  Aalto University Wood Program © LéaPfister © Marc Goodwin +53

Löyly / Avanto Architects

01:00 - 30 June, 2016
Löyly / Avanto Architects, © kuvio.com
© kuvio.com

© kuvio.com © kuvio.com © kuvio.com © kuvio.com +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hernesaarenranta 4, 00150 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen, Architects SAFA
  • Client

    Antero Vartia and Jasper Pääkkönen, Kidvekkeli Oy
  • Operator

    Royal Restaurants
  • Area

    1071.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

OP Headquarters / JKMM Architects

15:00 - 17 June, 2016
OP Headquarters  / JKMM Architects, Courtesy of JKMM Architects
Courtesy of JKMM Architects

Courtesy of JKMM Architects Courtesy of JKMM Architects Courtesy of JKMM Architects Courtesy of JKMM Architects +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Teollisuuskatu 1, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
  • Area

    130000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of JKMM Architects

JKMM Office / JKMM Architects

03:00 - 6 May, 2016
JKMM Office  / JKMM Architects, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin +29

AD Classics: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art / Steven Holl Architects

04:30 - 19 April, 2016
AD Classics: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art / Steven Holl Architects, © Ari Palm
© Ari Palm

The very concept of an art gallery implies an inward focus. While the need to showcase the cultural treasures contained within is self-evident, the need to connect these sheltered exhibition spaces to the outside world is less so, and in some cases is overlooked entirely. Even monumental design that turns the museum itself into a sculptural element may fail to make a reference to its particular surroundings. This sense of 'placelessness' is what Steven Holl sought to avoid in his design for an art museum at the heart of Helsinki, Kiasma – a museum whose carefully choreographed outward views, formally irregular gallery spaces,, and indeed its very name speak to the ideal of connection.

© Pirje Mykkaenen © Pirje Mykkaenen © Petri Virtanen © Pirje Mykkaenen +14