Finnish Architecture – Biennial Review 2016 Large exhibition hall, June 15 – October 2, 2016
What is valued in architecture today? This question is answered by the seventh biennial review of Finnish architecture, an exhibition featuring through summer at Helsinki’s Museum of Finnish Architecture. Wide-ranging in content, the show is designed to provide an approachable overview of contemporary Finnish architecture through a rich selection of photographs, drawings, scale models and brief videos featuring the top ten projects. Take a deeper look to the exhibition Le Carré Bleu: legendary little magazine from Helsinki, 1958–1961 Small exhibition hall, June 15 – October 2, 2016
The exhibition is a celebration of a small publication, which facilitated highly sophisticated theoretical conversations among likeminded friends and colleagues across national boundaries. The exhibition focuses on the early years when the magazine was based in Helsinki. Kokoon
The courtyard between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum Helsinki
Students from the Aalto University Wood Program will assemble a housing unit made up of modular wood-framed components in the courtyard between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum. Kokoon
is an adaptable, easily transportable modular unit that can be reconfigured to meet various needs. The concept was developed as a response to Helsinki’s housing shortage by students of the Wood Program, a one-year intensive master level architectural programme focusing on wood.
Kokoon Model / Aalto University Wood Program More Colorful, More Cheerful, More Sophisticated Finnish Architecture in the Sixties March 9 – June 5, 2016
Remember those wild colours? And all those black-and-white boxes? The MFA’s spring exhibition takes us on a journey back in time to the sixties in Finland.
The sixties marked an era of great social and cultural upheaval. With Finland in the midst of rapid urbanization, new buildings sprang up like mushrooms all over the country. Mass production revolutionized modernist architecture. The new Welfare State found tangible expression in the nation’s administrative centres, cultural buildings, concrete churches, schools, universities and other public buildings. Suburban supermarkets proliferated with growth in automobile ownership and decentralized housing development.
The exhibition looks at the themes, visual idiosyncrasies and aesthetics of the sixties on a level targeted at general audiences. It also invites audiences to contemplate social themes and provides an introduction to Finland’s key architects of the sixties. The architecture of the ‘crazy sixties’ may leave opinions divided, but it rarely leaves anyone cold.