CASTLES IN THE SKY – DISCARDED DESIGNS
(5.12.2012 - 24.2.2013)



The Museum of Finnish Architecture collects original drawings by Finnish architects. Its collection currently comprises roughly half a million items, mostly dating from the 20th century. As the collection has been assembled with an eye to highlighting various phases of the design process, it also contains a large number of unrealized designs, competition proposals and undergraduate projects. These “discarded dreams” are often of greater interest to the historian than many plans that did reach fruition. Unadulterated by client-requested modifications or budget-driven corner cutting, these “virgin” drawings penned by the architect often best distill the essence of the original idea. A single drawing can convey a wealth of information about the ideals of its time or show, in embryonic form, the salient features of future architecture.
 
The projects featured in the exhibition include three designs by Eliel Saarinen: Palace of the League of Nations, plans for the Chicago Tribune Tower and Kalevala House, town halls by Herman Gesellius, Eliel Saarinen, Usko Nyström, Vilho Penttilä and Sigurd Frosterus, private residences by Valter Jung, Emil Fabritius, Sigurd Frosterus, Jarl Eklund and W. G. Palmqvist and cultural edifices by Väinö Vähäkallio, Hilding Ekelund and P. E. Blomstedt.
 


Eliel Saarinen: Palace of the League of Nations, Competition Entry, Geneva, Switzerland 1927.
MFA Collection
Emil Fabritius and Valter Jung: Villa Aino Ackté, 1905.
MFA Collection
Usko Nyström and Vilho Penttilä: City Hall, Vyborg 1898, Competition Entry
MFA Collection
Unknown designer: Urban Fantasy, 1910's
MFA Collection