EXHIBITION ABROAD: SUOMI SEVEN. EMERGING ARCHITECTS FROM FINLAND OPENS IN FRANKFURT
Press release, for immediate releaseSep 2, 2014
New-generation Finnish architects at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum accompanying the Frankfurt Book Fair
6 September 2014 – 18 January 2015
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt am Main
Opening: Fri, 5 September 2014, 19:00
Press conference: Thu, 4 September 2014, 11:00
Finland is the guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest publishing event. The ancillary programme will feature an architecture exhibition showcasing new Finnish architectural talent, Suomi Seven. Emerging Architects from Finland.
Opening September, the exhibition was co-produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and the Architecture Information Centre Finland.
The exhibition will present the work of up-and-coming Finnish architects. Despite their young age, this generation of architects in their thirties and forties has already built up an internationally impressive portfolio. The show features a variety of projects designed by their offices, including cultural edifices, schools, churches and residential buildings. It also showcases Finland as a nation of architectural excellence.
Read more about the selection process here
Young architects learn by doing
A long-established tradition of open architectural competitions has provided a valuable leg-up for Finland’s talented young architects, breathing new life into the local architecture scene. By winning competitions, these emerging architects have had a rare opportunity to work independently on major projects at a very early stage of their career. A competition victory often motivates young architects to set up their own first office – a tradition that is still going strong in Finland today.
Cities in transition
The contemporary Finnish architectural scene is marked by a wave of rapid urban renewal, particularly in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Population growth is creating a tremendous push for new urban development. Not only do Finland’s cities need new homes, but also new schools and public buildings. The face of the city is also changing with a growing number of former port and industrial precincts being repurposed for residential and commercial use, and with 1960s buildings being renewed and refurbished.
Although Finland is comparatively young as a nation of architecture, it has a long and rich modernist legacy upon which young architects can build their expertise. Rather than merely copy their predecessors, Finland’s young generation of architects pursue their own creative vision by fusing styles. Tradition and modernity inform each other creatively in their work, giving rise to something altogether new.
The exhibition was curated by Juulia Kauste, Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of DAM and Anna Scheuermann, DAM freelance curator. Expert input was also provided by Christophe Pourtois (CIVA, Brussels), Ulf Meyer (Taiwan/Berlin) and Tiina Valpola (Architecture Information Centre Finland).
A book about Finland’s emerging architects will be published in English and German by the MFA and DAM in conjunction with the exhibition. The book will feature a selection of expert essays. German/English
The following seven practices and projects have been selected
ALA Architects Ltd / www.ala.fi
Juho Grönholm (1975), Antti Nousjoki (1974), Janne Teräsvirta (1975), Samuli Woolston (1975)
Main Project: Performing Arts Centre Kilden, Kristiansand, Norway
Secondary projects: Kuopio Theatre Extension, Kuopio; Helsinki Central Library, Helsinki
Anttinen Oiva Architects Ltd / www.aoa.fi
Selina Anttinen (1977), Vesa Oiva (1973)
Main Project: Kaisa House, Helsinki University Library, Helsinki
Secondary project: Wood City, Jätkäsaari, Helsinki
Avanto Architects Ltd / www.avan.to
Anu Puustinen (1974), Ville Hara (1974)
Main Project: New Cemetery Chapel of the Church of St. Lawrence, Vantaa
Secondary projects: Kyly Sauna Billnäs, Raasepori; Four Cornered Villa, Virrat
Esa Ruskeepää Architects Ltd / www.era.fi
Esa Ruskeepää (1980)
Main Project: Opinmäki International School, Espoo
Secondary projects: Mafoombey Pavilion, Helsinki
OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture / www.oopeaa.com
Anssi Lassila (1973)
Main Project: Kuokkala Church, Jyväskylä
Secondary projects: Puukuokka Wooden Housing Block, Jyväskylä; Konsthall Tornedalen, Vitsaniemi Övertorneå/ Sweden
Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen Ltd / www.rudanko-kankkunen.com
Hilla Rudanko (1987), Anssi Kankkunen (1983)
Main Project: Sra Pou School, Sra Pou, Cambodia
Secondary projects: Sauna, Box, Raasepori; Heikkilä Atelier, Jyväskylä
Verstas Architects Ltd / www.verstasarkkitehdit.fi
Väinö Nikkilä (1980), Jussi Palva (1974), Riina Palva (1976), Ilkka Salminen (1980)
Main Project: Saunalahti School, Espoo
Secondary projects: Aalto University Campus, Espoo
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