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OOPEAA Design Modular Floating Pool for Urban Waterfronts

12:00 - 16 July, 2018
OOPEAA Design Modular Floating Pool for Urban Waterfronts, Visualization. Image Courtesy of OOPEAA
Visualization. Image Courtesy of OOPEAA

OOPEAA (Office for Peripheral Architecture) has won an invited competition for the design of the Allas Sea Pool Family in Helsinki, Finland. Constructed on floating platforms, and designed as a modular, flexible, adjustable system, the Allas Sea Pool Family is intended to be a new global typology for coastal sites, where building on land is not feasible.

The invited competition asked entrants to submit proposals which responded to varying environmental and seasonal conditions, with OOPEAA ultimately chosen for their “strong concept that places the floating spa in a central location in the city.”

Visualization. Image Courtesy of OOPEAA Outdoor Function. Image Courtesy of OOPEAA Choreography and Views. Image Courtesy of OOPEAA Visualization. Image Courtesy of OOPEAA + 11

ALA Architects' Central Library Oodi and JKMM's Amos Anderson Art Museum Near Completion in Helsinki

14:00 - 29 June, 2018
ALA Architects' Central Library Oodi and JKMM's Amos Anderson Art Museum Near Completion in Helsinki, The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects
The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects

The Helsinki Central Library Oodi, designed by ALA Architects, is nearing completion in Finland. Due to open its doors on December 3rd 2018, the library is situated in the cultural district of Töölönlahti, where it will sit as a ”powerful and iconic temporary design” among other architectural landmarks.

Situated across from the Finnish Parliament House, the scheme represents an interaction between the state and its citizens, “a new avenue to promote freedom of speech and democracy.”

Amos Anderson Art Museum. Image Courtesy of JKMM Architects Amos Anderson Art Museum. Image Courtesy of JKMM Architects The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects + 9

"Mind-Building": The Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 25 June, 2018
"Mind-Building": The Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © Alexander Mayes and Archinfo Finland
© Alexander Mayes and Archinfo Finland

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Finnish Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine the Future of Libraries."

Conceived by Commissioner Hanna Harris, Director of Archinfo Finland, and Curator Dr Anni Vartola, the Finnish Pavilion presents Mind-Building at the 2018 Venice Biennale, an exhibition that explores the importance of the public library in Finnish culture. With exhibition design by Tuomas Siitonen and graphic design by Johannes Nieminen, it showcases Finnish libraries through a thematic selection of architectural designs, objects and specially commissioned sound and video work.

© Ugo Carmeni and Archinfo Finland © Alexander Mayes and Archinfo Finland © Ugo Carmeni and Archinfo Finland © Alexander Mayes and Archinfo Finland + 16

Schauman & Nordgren Lead Competition-Winning Design for Mixed-Use Customs District in Finland

14:00 - 7 June, 2018
Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren
Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren

A team comprising Schauman & Nordgren Architects, MASU Planning, and Schauman Architects have been announced as winners of an invited competition for the design of a new exhibition, shopping, and housing scheme in an old customs area of Tampere, Finland. The “Tulli Halls” scheme is defined by a red brick materiality referencing the industrial heritage of the area, and a central tower forming a “beacon and focal point for Tampere.”

The scheme seeks to balance old and new, as well as public and private, with a form which has a “grounding in Tampere’s heritage as well as aspiring future” and public space to improve living conditions of residents and offer meeting places for the general public.

Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren + 17

Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine the Future of Libraries

16:00 - 3 March, 2018
Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine the Future of Libraries , Courtesy of ALA Architects
Courtesy of ALA Architects

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Finnish Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

Finland’s representation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia responds to the theme "Freespace" by transforming the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland into a temporary library space.

High School and Community Centre Project Tests the Limits of Timber Log Construction

06:00 - 23 February, 2018
High School and Community Centre Project Tests the Limits of Timber Log Construction, Interior Render. Courtesy of AOR
Interior Render. Courtesy of AOR

AOR Architects, a young practice based in Helsinki, have won the commission to design Monio High School and Community Centre in Tuusula, Finland. The project explores an innovative use of timber log building and will be the largest timber log school building in the world after its completion. Consisting of a high school, music institute, and community college, AOR’s proposal combines these different programs in a multi-functional learning and community environment.

Facade. Courtesy of AOR Exterior Render. Courtesy of AOR Elevations. Courtesy of AOR Model. Courtesy of AOR + 11

Spotlight: Alvar Aalto

06:00 - 3 February, 2018
Spotlight: Alvar Aalto, Säynätsalo Town Hall. Image © Fernanda Castro
Säynätsalo Town Hall. Image © Fernanda Castro

As one of the key figures of midcentury Modernism and perhaps Finland's most celebrated architect, Alvar Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was known for his humanistic approach to Modernism. For his characteristically Finnish take on architecture, Aalto has become a key reference point for architecture in the Nordic countries, and his commitment to creating a total work of art left many examples of his design genius not only in buildings but also in their interior features, including furniture, lamps, and glassware design.

MIT Baker House Dormitory. Image © <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Baker_House,_MIT,_Cambridge,_Massachusetts.JPG'>Wikimedia user Daderot</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Muuratsalo Experimental House. Image © Nico Saieh Riola Parish Church. Image © Franco Di Capua Säynätsalo Town Hall. Image © <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SaynatsaloTownHall.jpg'>Wikimedia user Zache</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> + 20

Winter Has Arrived at Finland's Game of Thrones-Themed Ice Hotel

12:00 - 2 February, 2018
Winter Has Arrived at Finland's Game of Thrones-Themed Ice Hotel, via Lapland Hotels Snowvillage
via Lapland Hotels Snowvillage

For all those Game of Thrones fans looking to go face to face with a White Walker (or snuggle up like Jon and Dany), here’s your chance: Lapland Hotels Snowvillage in northern Finland has opened its very own Game of Thrones-themed ice hotel, complete with ice-carvings of the show’s best settings and sigils.

via Lapland Hotels Snowvillage via Lapland Hotels Snowvillage via Lapland Hotels Snowvillage via Lapland Hotels Snowvillage + 10

AOR Present Proposals for a Church Which Doubles as a Pedestrian Bridge, Spanning a Finnish River

04:00 - 15 November, 2017
AOR Present Proposals for a Church Which Doubles as a Pedestrian Bridge, Spanning a Finnish River, © AOR
© AOR

Helsinki-based practice AOR have presented designs for a church in the Finnish town of Ylivieska which also doubles as a bridge spanning the Kalajoki River. The proposal, which was awarded a shared third prize in an open competition, intends to "revive the historical role of the church as a dominant building in the river landscape."

North Elevation. Image © AOR Plan. Image © AOR © AOR © AOR + 10

K2S Architects Wins Competition to Replace Fire-Razed Church in Ylivieska, Finland

14:00 - 13 November, 2017
K2S Architects Wins Competition to Replace Fire-Razed Church in Ylivieska, Finland, Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects
Winner - "Trinitas" / K2S Architects. Image © K2S Architects

In March 2016, the central church of Ylivieska, Finland, was destroyed in a fiery blaze, an act of arson that leveled the 18th-century wooden structure into a pile of ash.

Now, the community is set to start fresh with a brand new church designed by K2S Architects, after the Finnish firm was selected as the winners of a competition for the new Ylivieska Church.

3rd Prize (Tie) - "Silta (Bridge)" / AOR Architects. Image © Aarti Ollila Ristola Architects (AOR) 3rd Prize (Tie) - "Kooda 2" / OOPEAA. Image © Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA OFFICE FOR PERIPHERAL ARCHITECTURE Honorable Mention - "Emilia" / Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher. Image © Benjamin Aspelin, Stian Vestly Holte, Simon Schumacher Honorable Mention - "Ristit (Crosses)" / APRT Architects. Image © APRT Architects + 30

AOR Win Commission to Extend Public Art Galleries in Finnish City of Tampere

04:00 - 16 October, 2017
AOR Win Commission to Extend Public Art Galleries in Finnish City of Tampere, Exterior Rendering. Image © AOR
Exterior Rendering. Image © AOR

Designs by Helsinki-based practice AOR have been selected following an open competition for the extension of Tampere Art Museum, in Finland. The existing building which the museum currently occupies was formerly used as a granary, designed by C. L. Engel and completed in 1838. Most believe it to be the third oldest building in the country. AOR's winning proposal seeks to create "a landmark for the museum" by articulating the urban landscape between nearby Pyynikintori square and adjacent parkland, connecting to and with the existing gallery spaces.

Model. Image © AOR Site Model. Image © AOR Elevation. Image © AOR Model Drawing. Image © AOR + 11

Students Design Temporary Furniture for Victims of Displacement

08:00 - 12 October, 2017
Students Design Temporary Furniture for Victims of Displacement, © Jani Luukkonen
© Jani Luukkonen

Ten third-year furniture design students from Finland's Lahti University of Applied Sciences - Institute of Design, created temporary living solutions using only plywood and corrugated cardboard. Low cost, quick and easy fabrication, with no tools necessary: Rehome is a solution for recent catastrophes, such as natural disasters and the ongoing refugee crisis, which leave many people displaced from their homes.

© Jani Luukkonen © Jani Luukkonen © Jani Luukkonen © Jani Luukkonen + 16

NRT's Renovation of Aalto University Center Wins 2017 Finlandia Prize

12:10 - 6 October, 2017
NRT's Renovation of Aalto University Center Wins 2017 Finlandia Prize , © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

The renovation of the Aalto University Harald Herlin Learning Centre in Otaniemi, designed by NRT Architects in collaboration with JKMM Architects (interiors), has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. Completed in 2016, the project is the first renovation to be awarded the prize. The original building was completed in 1970 to fit into the Alvar Aalto-designed Otaniemi campus plan.

Now in its fourth year, the prize was established to “increase public awareness of high quality Finnish architecture and [to highlight] its benefits for our well-being.” Last year, APRT Architects’ Rovaniemi Sports Arena, Railo took home top honors.

Monumental Minds: Illustrations of Scandinavia’s Design Legacy

14:00 - 16 September, 2017
Monumental Minds: Illustrations of Scandinavia’s Design Legacy, Courtesy of Expedia Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland
Courtesy of Expedia Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland

Not just meatballs and Vikings; Scandinavia has always been the epicentre of design across the world - just look at the growing impact of Bjarke Ingels and Ikea's future living lab SPACE10. To showcase their significant influence, Expedia has illustrated the works of four famous architects from Denmark, FinlandNorway and Sweden and how they shaped international architectural movements of the 20th and 21st centuries in a collection of posters called Monumental Minds.  

EF Headquarters, Massachusetts. Image Courtesy of Expedia Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland House of Sweden, Washington. Image Courtesy of Expedia Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland St Paul's Church, Estonia. Image Courtesy of Expedia Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Expedia Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland + 21

Our Favorite Nordic Photographers: The Best Photos of The Week

07:00 - 2 July, 2017
Our Favorite Nordic Photographers: The Best Photos of The Week, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

Often informed by its harsh climate and stunning landscapes, Nordic design, specifically architecture, has a unique relationship with nature. Photographers of Nordic architecture have benefitted from studying this close connection in their photos that experiment with capturing light, innovative materials, and landscape to create a compelling composition. Below is a selection of images of both public and private architecture by prominent photographers such as Pasi Aalto, Bert Leandersson, Mika Huisman and Åke E: Lindman.

© Åke E:son Lindman © Pasi Aalto © Åke E:son Lindman © Rasmus Hjortshøj + 8

Traffic-Integrated Self-Driving “RoboBus” Line to Launch in Helsinki

14:20 - 14 June, 2017

The city of Helsinki has announced the launch of a self-driving bus line that will integrate into the city’s regular transportation service. The service, known as the Helsinki RoboBusLine, is the second phase of a three-year experimentation with autonomous buses as part of the Sohjoa project, an EU-financed venture by the six largest cities of Finland, Finnish universities, and transportation authorities to prepare for new public transit services and autonomous vehicles.

The first phase of the project, debuted in August of last year, saw the implementation of two self-driving electric minibuses capable of traveling at just 11 kilometers per hour, and with an operator on board in case of emergency. The RoboBusLine will take the next step, allowing the bus to travel like a more traditional bus.

Helsinki Airport to Be Transformed with Undulating Roof and Public Landscape

12:15 - 6 June, 2017
Helsinki Airport to Be Transformed with Undulating Roof and Public Landscape, Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects
Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects

The team consisting of ALA Architects, HKP Architects and Ramboll Finland has won an invited competition for the renovation and expansion of Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 2 with their entry titled “City Hall.” Organized by Finnish airport operator Finavia, the competition asked four international firms to create a new airport plan centered around a reenvisioned terminal that will allow the airport to efficiently serve up to 20 million passengers per year. 

Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects Rendering by VIZarch. Coutesy of ALA Architects + 8

The Purity of Expressive Timber Structure Celebrated in Finland's Pudasjärvi Campus

14:00 - 20 May, 2017
The Purity of Expressive Timber Structure Celebrated in Finland's Pudasjärvi Campus, © RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen
© RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen

An environmentally-concious material response by Lukkaroinen Architects, the structural design for the Pudasjärvi Wood Campus in northern Finland highlights the potential of large-scale structural timber. 

The project features a primary structure of assembled logs and three types of non-traditional pillars, specially constructed in laminated wood for different areas. 

© RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen © RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen © RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen © RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen + 35