Exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, large and small exhibition hall
Oct 8 2014 – Jan 25 2015
This joint exhibition co-hosted by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Aalto University Wood Program tells the story of Finnish wood architecture over the past two decades. It also celebrates the Wood Program’s 20th anniversary.
See and feel wood come to life in the exhibition architecture and in 47 projects showcasing innovative uses of timber. Each project is also illustrated with scale models.
Modern Finnish wood architecture evolved between 1920 and 1990 as part of the young nation’s growth story. The exhibition offers a timeline perspective, featuring a rich assortment of new projects as well as familiar examples from the early 1900s, including the wooden residential district of Käpylä and the post-war type houses built for returning veterans and their families in the 1940s.
Focusing mainly on current trends in contemporary wood architecture from 1994 to 2014, the chosen projects showcase the boundless opportunities offered by wood. Today’s up-and-coming generation of Finnish architects combines age-old traditions with wholly new techniques of building with wood.
Curators of the exhibition are Pekka Heikkinen, Professor in Wood Architecture at Aalto University, Architect Philip Tidwell and Juulia Kauste, Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The exhibition design is by architect Philip Tidwell and Pekka Heikkinen. Architects Anastasiia Ieremenok and Ana Rosa García Olmedo have assisted the project.
The exhibition is made possible by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation and the Aalto University. It was co-produced with Lakea Oy and with the kind support of Metsä Wood, Puuinfo and Suomen Tuulileijona Oy.
Main Projects
Chapel of Silence, Helsinki 2012
K2S Architects
Kyly Sauna, Billnäs, Raasepori 2009
Avanto Architects
Kärsämäki Shingle Church, Kärsämäki 2004
Anssi Lassila
Structures: Wood Program, Oulu University / Jussi Tervaoja
Lilja Chapel, Oulu 2005
Wood Program, Oulu University / Vesa Oiva, Anttinen Oiva Architects
Puukuokka Housing Block, Jyväskylä 2015
Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
Sami Culture Centre Sajos, Inari 2012
HALO Architects

Villa Kotilo, Kauklahti, Espoo 2007
Olavi Koponen Architect
Villa Mecklin, Mustaluoto, Velkua 2008
Huttunen Lipasti Pakkanen Architects
Wood Program
The Puustudio (Wood Studio) was founded at Aalto University's Department of Architecture in 1994 in order to give students first-hand experience in building. Since then, the design-build studio has expanded into a year-long curriculum of lectures, excursions and workshop exercises known internationally as the Wood Program. It has brought students from 42 countries to Finland to study wooden architecture and to construct experimental projects in wood.
This autumn, the studio celebrates its 20th anniversary as well as the completion of 30 projects realized by students from Finland and around the world. The program has received various forms of recognition, including the Puupalkinto Wood Award, the ‘Rose for Building’ (annual award conferred by the City of Helsinki Building Control Commission), the Finnish Association of Architects’ Sustainability Award and the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Rantasalmi Prize. www.woodprogram.fi
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Published: Oct 2, 2014