Exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, large exhibition hall 15.6.2016–2.10.2016
The Biennial Review of Finnish Architecture for 2016 highlights bold new ideas and experimental architecture.
It presents 15 jury-selected projects completed between July 2013 and June 2015. Three of the most accomplished projects will be spotlighted in detail: The Opinmäki School and Learning Centre (Espoo 2015), the Puukuokka Housing Block (Jyväskylä 2014) and the Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion (Mänttä 2014).
The 2016 review highlights a number of interesting new inroads in housing development. Finnish restoration expertise is also well-represented among the topical selection of projects.
The jury was chaired by Ole Bouman, an internationally renowned Dutch architecture curator, polemic commentator and founding director of Design Society, an initiative due to open in Shenzhen in 2017. His fellow jury members were Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen, senior architect in the Department of Cultural Environment Protection at the National Board of Antiquities and architect Hilla Rudanko. Expert input was provided by Helena Soimakallio from the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers.
The projects are presented through photographs, drawings and scale models. A video has also been made of each project. The exhibition was designed by architect Philip Tidwell and the videos were produced by journalist Jonni Roos and cinematographer Raimo Uunila.
Continuing a tradition that began in the 1950s
The Biennial Review highlights interesting examples of contemporary Finnish design, aiming to stimulate discussion on topical themes in architecture. It is targeted at both Finnish and international audiences. Similar architectural reviews have been organized since the 1950s. Over the years they have acquired special historical value, as their content reveals the value and expectations surrounding architecture in different eras.
The review is organized by the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA.
The exhibition was kindly supported by Akukon, Betoniluoma, L2 Paloturvallisuus, Wienerberger oy ab and the Helsinki Housing Production Department (ATT). The publication was produced with support from the Ministry on Employment and the Economy.
Finnish Architecture 2016
The richly illustrated accompanying publication provides a contemporary analysis of what is happening on the Finnish architecture scene today, with diverse perspectives provided by the jury chairman Ole Bouman and the contributing authors, David Basulto, co-founder of the architecture website ArchDaily, and Otso Kantokorpi, a Helsinki-based art critic, writer and curator. The book was edited by Juulia Kauste and Essi Rautiola. The book is available for sale in the museum shop.
Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2016
ISBN 978-952-5195-50-7 Pages 196, in English
Price €25
Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion, Mänttä 2014
MX_SI Architectural Studio & Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects
The new annex added to the Serlachius Museum in 2014 offers a sample of bold architecture that respectfully engages the historic landscape in a subtle dialogue. Gösta’s Pavilion not only provides the museum with a generous array of new exhibition spaces, but also state-of-the-art storage and conservation facilities. Based on the results of an open international architecture competition, the project was realized as a Spanish-Finnish collaboration adding intriguing new layers of cultural history to the site.
Opinmäki School and Learning Centre, Espoo 2015
Esa Ruskeepää Architects
Opinmäki School and Learning Centre is a multipurpose community centre in a newly founded neighbourhood, providing facilities for learning and various recreational activities.
Its international and Finnish schools have a combined total of over 1,000 pupils of various ages. Opinmäki is a fresh tour de force in Finnish school architecture.
Puukuokka Housing Block, Jyväskylä 2014
OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
Puukuokka is a pioneering new sample of wooden architecture. The eight-storey block of flats takes wooden residential architecture to unprecedented heights in both scale and distinctive creative expression. It is a pilot case testing new CLT (cross-laminated timber) technology. Each of the flats is assembled from two prefabricated CLT volumetric modules lifted into place and joined to the stairwell. Puukuokka furthermore represents an innovative residential funding model.
Other selected projects
Renovation of the Aalto University Undergraduate Centre, Espoo 2015
Architects NRT
Harjannetie 44 Affordable Housing, Helsinki 2013
Hannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects
Kastelli School and Community Centre, Oulu 2014
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Kipparintalo Co-housing for Young Disabled Residents, Helsinki 2015
Juha Leiviskä and Kati Murtola
Kouk Khleang Youth Center, Kambodza 2014
Komitu Architects – Team: Aaltonen, Hovila, Kassi, Koivisto, Suomi, Virkkala

Renovation and Extension of Kuopio City Theatre, Kuopio 2014
ALA Architects
Malta Collective Owner-Builder Housing, Helsinki 2014
ARK-house Architects
Renovation of Meilahti Tower Hospital, Helsinki 2014
SARC Architects & Architect Group Reino Koivula
OP Headquarters, Helsinki 2015
JKMM Architects
Renovation of the Presidential Palace, Helsinki 2014
LPR Architects
Tipotie Health Centre, Tampere 2013
SIGGE Architects
Restoration of Viipuri Library, Viipuri 2013
Finnish Association for the Restoration of Viipuri Library
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