The projects to be showcased in this year’s Biennial Review of Finnish Architecture were announced at the Museum of Finnish Architecture on January 20, 2016.
The 2016 Biennial Review will spotlight projects that represent bold new thinking and experimental approaches in architecture. The selected projects include many interesting new inroads in housing development. A topical sample of Finnish expertise in renovation and restoration is also represented among the selected projects.
The jury is chaired by Ole Bouman, the internationally renowned Dutch curator, polemic commentator and Director of the Shekou Design Museum. His fellow jury members are architects Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen and Hilla Rudanko. Expert input is additionally provided by Helena Soimakallio, Managing Director and CEO at the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers.
The projects selected for the review will be presented alongside topical themes in Finnish architecture in an exhibition opening this spring. They will also be featured in a book, on the web and in a line-up of related events. The exhibition will be designed by Philip Tidwell.
The 2016 review continues a long-standing tradition dating back to the 1950s. By giving visibility to interesting examples of new contemporary design it aims to stimulate discussion on topical themes in architecture. The review is targeted both at Finnish and international audiences.
The review is organized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA in collaboration with the Architecture Information Centre Finland.
Selected projects – Biennial Review 2016
Puukuokka Housing Block, Jyväskylä 2014
OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
Opinmäki School, Espoo 2015
Esa Ruskeepää Architects
Serlachius Museum, Gösta Pavilion, Mänttä 2014
MX_SI Architectural Studio &
Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects
Main building of Aalto University (formerly the University of Technology)
Renovation project, Espoo 2015
NRT Architects
Harjannetie 44 Housing Block, Helsinki 2013
Hannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects
Malta Housing Block, Helsinki 2014
ARK-house Architects
Kastelli School and Community Centre, Oulu 2014
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Kipparintalo (Skipper’s House), Helsinki 2015
Juha Leiviskä & Kati Murtola
Kouk Khleang Youth Centre (KKYC), Cambodia 2014
Komitu Architects – team: Aaltonen, Hovila, Kassi, Koivisto, Suomi, Virkkala
Renovation and extension of Kuopio City Theatre, Kuopio 2014
ALA Architects
Renovation of Meilahti Hospital, Helsinki 2014
Sarc Architects & Reino Koivula Architects
OP-Pohjola, Vallila Block, Helsinki 2015
JKMM Architects
Renovation of the Presidential Palace, Helsinki 2014
LPR Architects
Tipotie Social Services and Health Centre, Tampere 2013
Sigge Architects
Restoration of Viipuri Library, Viipuri 2013
Finnish Association for the Restoration of Viipuri Library

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Ilona Hildén
Communications, MFA
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Coming exhibition

Finnish Architecture – Biennial Review 2016
Museum of Finnish Architecture
June 15 – October 2, 2016