These web pages are an accompaniment to The Best School in the World exhibition showing at the Museum of Finnish Architecture from June 8th to September 25th, 2011.
Purpose-built schoolhouses began springing up in urban and rural regions of Finland from the mid-19th century onwards. Small rural schoolhouses generally conformed to standard prototypes or were built by local volunteers, but the task of designing larger schools was always assigned to a professional architect, typically a civil servant. Soon after the turn of the century, however, architectural competitions became the standard practice for awarding what was fast becoming an increasingly complex brief. Even today, many Finnish schools are based on competition entries.
These web pages provide an eight-chapter decade-by-decade overview of Finnish school architecture from the late 19th century to the 1970s. Each section provides background on historical events and pedagogical reforms that have influenced Finnish school architecture, while also highlighting the stylistic ideals of each era. All accompanying drawings and photographic material are from the collections of the Museum of Finnish Architecture.
More information: Curator Elina Standertskjöld
forename.surname@mfa.fi, tel. (+359 9) 8567 5122.

©Translated by Silja Kudel