PRESS RELEASE: FINNISH ARCHITECTURE 2018. BIENNIAL REVIEW.

Museum of Finnish Architecture
Press release April, 9th 2018
 
 
FINNISH ARCHITECTURE. REVIEW 2018
 
Arranged in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects and the Alvar Aalto Foundation, Finnish Architecture 2018 is an in-depth biennial review of the most recent Finnish architectural trends, demanding restoration projects and interesting new housing designs, selected by an international jury.
 
This year’s jury was chaired by the Portuguese architect Gonçalo Byrne, a recent member of the jury that selected the winner of the Mies van der Rohe Award. The two other members of the Biennial Review jury are Maire Mattinen, architect and Anni Vartola, architect and critic.
 
This year the jury decided upon a selection of 16 high quality entries located both Finland and abroad.
 
The winning entries are:
 
Aalto University Student Centre Dipoli, restoration (ALA Architects)
 
As. Oy Arabiankatu 8, housing (B & M Architects)
 
As. Oy Helsingin Hiirenporras and As. Oy Kissankita, housing (Anttinen Oiva Architects)
 
Ringrail, Airport (PES-Architects)
 
As. Oy Kampin Helmi, housing (Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects)
 
Center for Systems Biology Dresden (Heikkinen-Komonen Architects)
 
Heka Koirasaarentie 36, housing (Anttinen Oiva Architects)
 
Helsinki City Theatre, restoration (LPR Architects)
 
Helsinki University Think Corner (JKMM Architects)
 
Lonna Sauna (OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture)
 
National Library of Finland, restoration (LPR Architects)
 
Smoke Sauna, Asikkala (Tuomo Siitonen Architects)
 
Suvela Chappel (OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture)
 
St. Paul's Church, Tartu, restoration (Kari Järvinen and Merja Nieminen, architects SAFA)
 
Töölö Church, restoration (Käpy and Simo Paavilainen Architects)
 
West Terminal 2 (PES-Architects)
 

Statement by the Jury, April 5th 2018
Conçalo Byrne, Maire Mattinen and Anni Vartola
 
Judging by the number and variety of entries submitted for the 2018 review, the architectural profession in Finland is thriving and energetic. Architects working in Finland are busier than ever, and there is such a wide array of interesting projects currently under way that this year’s Biennial Review cannot possibly provide an exhaustive overview of all noteworthy and relevant contemporary architecture in Finland.
 
With this societal context in mind, the Jury wishes to congratulate all the selected architects for their perseverant work to achieve excellence, whether the project itself is big or small, or the available resources extravagant or modest. At times like this, with Finland feverishly building and renovating, and with new apartment buildings, schools, shopping centres, business parks, and public transport facilities seeming to spring up like mushrooms after rain, it is important to see beyond the short-term interests of many developers and investors – and, to be honest, also to see beyond the headlines seen in the architecture media. The final selection testifies that the old ethos of architecture – to design better everyday environments – is not a cliché, but at the heart of the art.
 
The 16 shortlisted projects were selected by the Jury unanimously, yet after comprehensive and even some painstakingly difficult discussions.  Representing the best examples of Finnish architecture in 2018, they bear witness to the fact  that there is no single architectural school of thought or trend prevailing in Finland at the moment – except for the school of quality.
 
The Jury could not be more thrilled to see how the current professional climate will, in the coming years, invite further experimentation, foster the power of good architecture, and cultivate professional expertise. The very best features of contemporary architecture in Finland admirably celebrate respect for the built heritage, attention to usability, a promising attempt to re-address spatial and aesthetic conventions, and a willingness to set aside self-serving vanity for the public good.
 
It remains to be seen whether our new buildings will stand the test of time as exquisitely as the selected renovation projects testify to the resilience of great architecture of the past. The Jury places its faith in architects and their zeal to keep working ambitiously for a better built environment in the future.
 
The Biennial Review exhibition will open for public at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in June 13th 2018. Exhibition design by Hanna Anonen and Klaus Aalto.
 
Inquiries:
 
Sissi Ehrström
communication designer
Museum of Finnish Architecture
sissi.ehrstrom@mfa.fi
+358 45 7731 0468
 
Joni Kling
secretary of the jury
Museum of Finnish Architecture
joni.kling@mfa.fi
+358402534648