REVIEW OF FINNISH ARCHITECTURE 2014: SELECTIONS UNVEILED. JURY ANNOUNCES FINEST RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN NEW FINNISH ARCHITECTURE

Pres release
23.10.2013
 
Ten top projects and ten honorable mention winners have been selected for the sixth biennial review of Finnish architecture organized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Alvar Aalto Foundation / Academy and the Finnish Association of Architects. The review showcases exemplary Finnish architectural projects from July 2011 to the end of June 2013. The projects have been selected primarily for their architectural merits. The review is organized in collaboration with the Information Centre for Finnish Architecture.
 
The selections are based on projects nominated both by the professional community and the public at large. The winners are selected by a jury of experts, one member appointed by each of the three organizers. The jury is free to make additional nominations.
 
The chair of this year’s jury is the landscape architect Jenny B. Osuldsen representing Snøhetta, the Norwegian practice famed for landmark projects including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Oslo Opera House and the 9/11 Memorial Pavilion on Ground Zero in New York. Her fellow jury members are Marko Kivistö, known as one of the main designers of the Helsinki Music Centre (LPR Architects), and Professor Sari Schulman, whose architectural practice specializes in challenging renovation and refurbishment projects.
 
A total of 99 projects were nominated this year. The jury introduced a new concept this year by grouping the projects under three headings: culture, learning, home & work.
 
Targeted at both Finnish and international audiences, the review highlights recent Finnish architectural achievements and aims to inspire dialogue within and between the professional community and other interested groups. Suited to all audiences, it provides an easily accessible introduction to Finland’s latest architectural accomplishments.
 
Various perspectives on the projects will be explored in a touring international exhibition, catalogue, in web introductions and a series of discussion panels. Site visits and other events are lined up for spring 2014. Crownign the programme is a touring exhibition which will open at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in summer 2014.
 

BOOK

 
A book will be published in conjunction with the exhibition presenting the featured projects with a rich accompaniment of pictorial material. Introductions to each project will be written by the jury. The members of the jury will also contribute essays analysing trends in contemporary architecture.
 
Expert essays will also be contributed by Jonas Malmberg from the Architectural Heritage Department of the Alvar Aalto Museum; Anni Vartola, architect, Lic, Sc. (Tech) and co-editor of the web publication Nordic Journal of Architectural Research; Helena Soimakallio, expert advisor to the jury and Managing Director and CEO of the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers; and Rasmus Waern, a Swedish architect and active writer on the topic of architecture.
 

TOP PROJECTS

 
Culturing:
Church of Shadows, Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Vesa Honkonen Architects
House of Culture Renovation, Sturenkatu 4, Helsinki. Architects NRT
Logomo, Köydenpunojankatu 14, Turku. Vapaavuori Architects
Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Anielewicza 6, Warsaw, Poland. Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
 
Learning:
Kaisa House, Helsinki University Library, Kaisaniemenkatu 5, Helsinki. Anttinen Oiva Architects Ltd
Saunalahti School, Brinkinmäentie 1, Espoo. Verstas Architects Ltd
Seinäjoki City Library, Alvar Aallon katu 14, Seinäjoki. JKMM Architects
 
Living and working:
Arctia Shipping Headquarters, Laivastokatu 9, Helsinki. K2S Architects Ltd
Kaanaankatu Housing, Helsinki. Huttunen–Lipasti–Pakkanen Architects
Villa Bruun, Kuopio. Hakli Architects
 
 
HONORARY MENTIONS:
 
Culturing:
Kamppi Chapel, Simonkatu 7, Helsinki. K2S Architects Ltd
Silo 468, Kruunuvuori, Helsinki. Lighting Design Collective
Wuxi Grand Theatre, Taihu New City, Wuxi, China. PES-Architects
 
Learning:
Niemenranta School, Nuottamiehentie 1, Oulu. Alt Architects, Architecture Office Karsikas
 
Living and working:
Aalto Inn, Otaranta 4, Espoo. Tuomo Siitonen Architects
Cafe Mattolaituri, Ehrenströmintie 3 a, Helsinki. Helin & Co Architects
M-M House, Helsinki. Tuomas Siitonen
Sauna Kotiranta, Lahti. Lehtinen Miettunen Architects
Three Apartments, Huvilakuja 14, Helsinki. Roomy Ltd
Välimerenkatu 9 Youth Homes, Helsinki. Jukka Turtiainen Architects Ltd
 
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND PRESS IMAGES
 
Editor Maija Kasvio
Tel. 045 7731 0491
maija.kasvio@mfa.fi