SEVEN CONNECTIONS – A WINDOW ON CONTEMPORARY FINNISH ARCHITECTURE
(11.1.2012 - 26.2.2012)



Marking the kick-off of its official World Design Capital programme, the MFA will host an experimental exhibition showcasing contemporary Finnish architecture from around the world.
 
The exhibition features a newly completed video installation featuring seven buildings around the globe designed by Finnish architects. Created by journalist-media arts specialist Virpi Aaltonen and designer-researcher Pekka Sipilä, it includes interviews with the architects and a number of new buildings, some still under construction.
 
Weaving together video, still images, soundscapes and interviews, the installation appeals to audiences across cultural and linguistic borders. Unfolding simultaneously on three giant TV screens, the pictorial narrative has a strong spatial dimension. This experimental format has wide appeal even among audiences who might otherwise find architecture exhibitions difficult to approach.
 
The video installation is accompanied by drawings, scale models and other supplementary material assembled by the MFA.
 
The exhibition is a calling card for new Finnish architecture, promoting its visibility in the international arena. The featured sites are in Europe, Asia and North America. Many are highly lauded, award-winning entries from international architectural competitions.
 
Featured sites:
 
Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, 2012 / Poland / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
/ 2005 winner in an international invitational competition.
/ Selected as one of the best new buildings of 2008 by the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design (USA).
 
Wuxi Grand Opera, 2011 / China / PES Architects
/ 2008 winner in an international invitational competition organised by the Chinese government.
/ PES Architects is responsible for the entire design and overall coordination of the project, which is rare in China.
 
Pan Gyo Housing, Seoul 2011 / South Korea / Helin & Co
/ 2006 winner in an international invitational competition.
/ One of two agencies awarded in a competition for eco-friendly housing design.
 
Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Kristiansand 2011 / Norway / ALA Architects
/ 2005 winner in an international invitational competition.
/ Kilden is regarded as the second most significant cultural venture in Norway after the Oslo Opera House.
 
KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn 2006 / Estonia / Vapaavuori Architects
/ 1994 winner in an international invitational competition.
/ 2006 Annual Architectural Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Cultural Prize of the Estonian government.
/ 2008 European Museum of the Year Award.
 
Embassy of Finland, Berlin, 1999 / Germany / VIIVA Architects
/ 2000 Emerging Architecture ar+d award, Copenhagen.
/ 2001 Arup World Architecture Award, Hong Kong. Award for best building in the world, best building in Europe, best office/retail scheme in the world. Mies van der Rohe award candidate, Barcelona.
/ 2004 Nordic Timber Council finalist.
 
Embassy of Finland, Washington 1994 / USA / Heikkinen-Komonen Architects
/ 1994 Masonry Design First Award, Masonry Institute Inc., USA.
/ 2008 First embassy in the US to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Energy Star award for superior energy efficiency.
/ 2010 First embassy in the US to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate from the US Green Building Council.
 
Read more about the programme
 


Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Kristiansand 2011 / Norway
Photo: ALA Architects
Pan Gyo Housing, Seoul 2011 / South Korea
Photo: Helin & Co
Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, 2012 / Poland
Photo: Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
Embassy of Finland, Washington 1994 / USA
Photo: Heikkinen-Komonen Architects
Wuxi Grand Opera, 2011 / China / PES Architects
Photo: Yuan Xuqin
Embassy of Finland, Berlin, 1999 / Germany / VIIVA Architects
Photo: Jussi Tiainen
KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn 2006 / Estonia / Vapaavuori Architects
Photo: Jussi Tiainen