(7.6.2014 - 23.11.2014)

Curated by the renowned Dutch architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas, the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – titled “Fundamentals” – returns to the timeless basics of architecture. The national pavilions explore global and local trends under the theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914–2014”.
Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture
The Finnish pavilion features "Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecure", designed by architect Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture.
Re-Creation is a two-part installation based on a concept by Anssi Lassila. With two “primitive huts” that the visitor can enjoy from within, the installation provides two examples of space and shelter at their purest. One part of the installation was constructed by a Finnish master carpenter and his team, and the other by a Chinese team. Together the two installations strike up a subtle and complex dialogue between the architects and local builders.
Re-Creation embraces an appreciation for tradition as a source of identity, combining it with an openness and curiosity toward international influences. Finnish modernism has always essentially been about digesting these two into something new, not copied or borrowed, but inspired both by the local tradition and by an exposure to the world beyond one’s immediate sphere of experience.
The installation was created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB). Presented in the pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, it takes a stand on our relationship with the modern legacy and its tradition of international dialogue.
The presentation of Re-Creation in Venice has been realized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in collaboration with the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) and the Architecture Information Centre Finland. Read the latest release
Wednesday October 29, 2014 1 pm–2 pm
Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello
Open Discussion:
Museum of Finnish Architecture and Architecture Information Centre Finland would like to invite you to join the open discussion ‘Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture – What’s Next?’ at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello, Venice.
Re-Creation brings the art of making back to the forefront. It shows how, despite and within the robust tendencies towards abstraction and globalization, architecture can create and facilitate situations in which the makers are the determining factor of cultural value. So what’s next?
The discussion will be hosted by:
Juulia Kauste, Curator of the Finnish Pavilion
Anssi Lassila, Architect and Exhibitor of the Finnish Pavilion
Forms of Freedom – African Independence and Nordic Models
The Nordic Pavilion at the “Biennale Architettura 2014” is co-owned by Sweden, Finland, and Norway. In 2014 the National Museum in Norway will be in charge of curating and organizing the Nordic Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia, in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm.
The exhibition explores and documents how modern Nordic architecture was an integral part of Nordic aid to East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. The resulting architecture is of a scope and quality that has not previously been comprehensively studied or exhibited.
There are several projects by Finnish architects presented at the exhibition. The exhibition investigates four town master plans with emphasis on Tanga Master Plan (1975–1995), a collaborational project between Tanzanian and Finnish Governments lead by Rainer Nordberg, Bo Mallander, Antti Hankkio, Mårten Bondestam, Jaakko Kaikkonen and Paavo Mänttäri.
Regional master plans like Onnela compound in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania hospitals and health care centres by Tapio Tuomari (1971–1973, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), and houses for the Zambian Railways in Lusaka by Tarki Liede (1975–1981, Zambia) will be presented. Finland has been one of the three funding countries in the joint Nordic project Kibaha Education Centre.

Re-Creation © Tuomo Tammenpää

Re-Creation © Coen Ruys

© Tuomo Tammenpää