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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

10 Projects by Alvar Aalto Which Highlight the Breadth of His Built Work

09:30 - 3 April, 2016

Alvar Aalto was born in Alajärvi in central Finland and raised in Jyväskylä. Following the completion of his architectural studies at the Helsinki University of Technology he founded his own practice in 1923, based in Jyväskylä, and naming it Alvar Aalto, Architect and Monumental Artist. Although many of his early projects are characteristic examples of 'Nordic Classicism' the output of his practice would, following his marriage to fellow Architect Aino Marsio-Aalto (née Marsio), take on a Modernist aesthetic. From civic buildings to culture houses, university centers to churches, and one-off villas to student dormitories, the ten projects compiled here—spanning 1935 to 1978—celebrate the breadth of Aalto's œuvre.

Floating Restaurant / Simo Freese Architects

05:00 - 16 March, 2016
Floating Restaurant / Simo Freese Architects, © AVP-Ilmakuvaus
© AVP-Ilmakuvaus

© Simo Freese © Antti Luutonen © Simo Freese © Esko Tuomisto +17

How a Soviet Governmental Residence, the K-2 Dacha, Became a "Manifestation of the Finnish Dream"

04:00 - 15 March, 2016
How a Soviet Governmental Residence, the K-2 Dacha, Became a "Manifestation of the Finnish Dream", The K-2 Dacha, St. Petersburg. Image © Egor Rogalev
The K-2 Dacha, St. Petersburg. Image © Egor Rogalev

In this article, which originally appeared in the Calvert JournalKsenia Litvinenko narrates the story of the K-2 Dacha – a governmental residence in St. Petersburg which sought to shrug off Russian Classicism and Soviet Modernism in favor of the principles of Finnish Modernism. Illustrated by photographs by Egor Rogalev and researched alongside Vladimir Frolov, this article examines a Modernist gem that you probably won't have heard of, or seen, before.

If you ever find yourself in St. Petersburg, take a taxi along the Pesochnaya embankment, far away from the polished attractions of the city centre. Sit back and watch the landscape changing on the other bank of the Malaya Nevka. Among the trees you will see the former dachas of Russian nobles, private residences of local officials and the buildings of the new elite, overlooking the river. This is the best and perhaps the only perspective from which to see the K-2 dacha.

© Egor Rogalev © Egor Rogalev © Egor Rogalev © Egor Rogalev +13

AD Classics: House of Culture / Alvar Aalto

05:00 - 14 March, 2016
AD Classics: House of Culture / Alvar Aalto, Courtesy of Flickr user Wotjek Gurak
Courtesy of Flickr user Wotjek Gurak

Originally built as the headquarters for the Finnish Communist Party, the House of Culture (Kultuuritalo in Finnish) has since established itself as one of Helsinki’s most popular concert venues.[1] Comprising a rectilinear copper office block, a curved brick auditorium, and a long canopy that binds them together, the House of Culture represents the pinnacle of Alvar Aalto’s work with red brick architecture in the 1950s.

COBE and Lundén Architecture Envision Transformation of Helsinki's Töölönlahti Bay into "Citizens' Park"

14:00 - 17 November, 2015
COBE and Lundén Architecture Envision Transformation of Helsinki's Töölönlahti Bay into "Citizens' Park", © COBE and Lundén Architecture
© COBE and Lundén Architecture

COBE and Lundén Architecture, the Danish-Finnish collaboration that has previously worked together on Tampere's Transport Hub, has revealed a plan to revitalize the Töölönlahti bay area in central Helsinki. Completed for the Finnish creative marketing agency N2, the proposal is a vision of what the area could become after a century of broken promises to clean up the polluted and underutilized area of the city. On their website, N2 estimates that the project would require an investment of €120 million, and if taken up by the government could be completed in time for the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence in 2017.

© COBE and Lundén Architecture © COBE and Lundén Architecture © COBE and Lundén Architecture © Luxigon +10

Housing in East Lauttasaari / Arkkitehdit NRT Oy

05:00 - 8 September, 2015
Housing in East Lauttasaari  / Arkkitehdit NRT Oy, © Antti Luutonen
© Antti Luutonen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Purjeentekijänkuja 1, 00210 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Jyrki Tasa, Pirjo Soininen, Eeva-Liisa Elo-Lehtinen, Sami Vikström
  • Area

    33000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Antti Luutonen © Antti Luutonen © Antti Luutonen © Antti Luutonen +12

Toronto Takes Top Spot in Metropolis Magazine's Livable Cities Ranking

08:00 - 14 August, 2015
Toronto Takes Top Spot in Metropolis Magazine's Livable Cities Ranking, First Place in the Metropolis list of world's most liveable cities: Toronto. Image © Flickr CC user Robert (username: mamonello)
First Place in the Metropolis list of world's most liveable cities: Toronto. Image © Flickr CC user Robert (username: mamonello)

How do you compare cities? It's difficult to collapse millions of individual subjective experiences into a single method of comparison, but one popular technique used in recent years has been to judge a city's "livability." But what does this word actually mean? In their 2015 ranking of the world's most livable cities, Metropolis Magazine has gathered together a group of experts on city planning, urban life, tourism and architecture to break down "livability" into the categories they think matter and draw upon Metropolis' considerable urban coverage to produce one of the most thorough attempts to rank world series yet attempted. Find out the results after the break.

Viikinmäki Quarter House / AFKS

13:00 - 7 August, 2015
Viikinmäki Quarter House / AFKS, © Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Harjannetie 36, 00710 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Jari Frondelius, Jaakko Keppo, Juha Salmenperä architects SAFA
  • Area

    3600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman +28

4 Reasons to Come to Finland this August

18:00 - 22 July, 2015
4 Reasons to Come to Finland this August, University of Jyväskylä / Alvar Aalto. Image © Nico Saieh
University of Jyväskylä / Alvar Aalto. Image © Nico Saieh

Tommi Lindh, director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, shares four exciting reasons to enjoy the architectural offerings of Finland this summer. 

Architecture hasn't been this intensively represented in the Finnish summer events ever. The whole summer is full of nice places to visit, but what makes August so very special is what's happening in Helsinki and Jyväskylä in the beginning of the month. The Alvar Aalto Symposium kicks off with lectures by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki on Wednesday, August 5 and continues to Jyväskylä where the main event starts on Friday, August 7 with the first thematic session and a keynote presentation by Liu Xiaodu of Urbanus.

Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal Wins Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

05:25 - 23 June, 2015
Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal Wins Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

Moreau Kusunoki, based in Paris, have been announced as the winners of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition following a year of shortlisting, refining and deliberation. Their proposal—entitled Art in the City—"sums up the qualities the jury admired in the design" noted Mark Wigley, chair of the jury. He continued: "the waterfront, park, and nearby urban area all have a dialogue with the loose cluster of pavilions, with people and activities flowing between them. The design is imbued with a sense of community and animation that matches the ambitions of the brief to honor both the people of Finland and the creation of a more responsive museum of the future."

The announcement was made this morning in Helsinki by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. Also present was Professor Mark Wigley, chair of the jury and Dean Emeritus of Columbia GSAPP, Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of Helsinki, Ari Lahti, chairman of the Guggenheim Helsinki Supporting Foundation, and the architect team.

Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim Winning proposal. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim +16

Hotel Indigo Helsinki / Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto

03:00 - 9 June, 2015
Hotel Indigo Helsinki / Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bulevardi 26, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Sami Horto
  • Design Team

    Teemu Asikainen, Mikko Tuomisto, Hanna Jalassola (Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto Oy)
  • Area

    7730.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +23

JKMM's Helsinki Amos Anderson Art Museum to be Built Underground

09:00 - 29 April, 2015
JKMM's Helsinki Amos Anderson Art Museum to be Built Underground, © JKMM Architects
© JKMM Architects

The future of Helsinki's contemporary art scene has never been brighter; Amos Anderson Art Museum has announced plans to build a new venue at the heart of the the Finnish city. Designed by local firm JKMM, the New Amos Anderson Art Museum is to be built in and below Lasipalatsi square, a landmark site of Finnish Functionalism. 

© JKMM Architects © JKMM Architects © JKMM Architects © JKMM Architects +6

Opinion: Transparency In Architecture Competitions Is A Bad Thing

10:30 - 23 April, 2015
Opinion: Transparency In Architecture Competitions Is A Bad Thing, Clockwise from top left: Guggenheim Helsinki entry GH-3355371286; Nine Elms Bridge entry number 66; and Bamiyan Cultural Center entry BCC3008. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants, Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership and UNESCO
Clockwise from top left: Guggenheim Helsinki entry GH-3355371286; Nine Elms Bridge entry number 66; and Bamiyan Cultural Center entry BCC3008. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants, Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership and UNESCO

What have these three projects got in common? They will never be published in a reputable architecture magazine. This news is no surprise: only a few projects in all the world deserve the right to be published. Editors set trends, put focus on hot topics, give visibility to emerging firms and confirm architectural stars.

A printed magazine has limited space and therefore has to engage in a very strict decision-making process; only the very few are shown. In this Darwinian selection some worthy and brilliant architects perish. On the other hand, an internet site has the possibility to widen the projects range. The web has virtually unlimited space - but still, this space is not to be wasted. Very few would benefit from a site that published every architecture project on earth.

6 Final Designs Unveiled for Guggenheim Helsinki

05:00 - 23 April, 2015
6 Final Designs Unveiled for Guggenheim Helsinki , All 6 finalists. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim
All 6 finalists. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim

Now for the first time, Guggenheim has unveiled the six fully developed designs competing to become Guggenheim Helsinki. Selected from 1,715 entries in world's the most popular architectural competition, the remaining finalists have spent the past five months refining their designs after being shortlisted by an independent 11-member jury, of which includes Studio Gang's Jeanne Gang and former Columbia University dean Mark Wigley

The release foreshadows the April 25 opening of Guggenheim Helsinki Now: Six Finalist Designs Unveiled, a free exhibition that will open the projects up to public critique. A winner will be announced on June 23.  

All 6 detailed proposals, after the break.

Competition Results: 'The Next Helsinki' Call For Ideas

05:15 - 21 April, 2015
Competition Results: 'The Next Helsinki' Call For Ideas, #76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki
#76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki

The organisers behind The Next Helsinki, an 'anti-competition' masterminded by architect and critic Michael Sorkin, have highlighted a number of entries from 217 international submissions. Launched as an alternative to the controversial, "imperialised" Guggenheim Helsinki project, the call for ideas asked architects, urbanists, artists, and environmentalists to imagine how  and its South Harbour could be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city’s residents and visitors. It "sought to ask first if a massive foreign museum was the highest and best use for public resources, especially in an aspiration-focused egalitarian social democracy like Finland."

See a shortlist of eight entries that, according to the jury, "reflect the variety and depth of the submissions" after the break. "These entries are not to be viewed as refined and final proposals, but rather ideas."

#76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #191 Baltic Tale of Nothingness / Constantinos Marcou & Costas Nicolaou. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki +39