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RE-CREATION – THE RESILIENCE OF ARCHITECTURE

PAVILION OF FINLAND
At the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
June 7 – November 23, 2014
 
Featuring
Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture, formerly known as Lassila Hirvilammi Architects.
 
Commissioned by
Juulia Kauste, Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA)

Curated by
Juulia Kauste and Ole Bouman
 
In Collaboration with
Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)
Architecture Information Centre Finland
 
Re-Creation
Re-Creation is a two-part installation based on a concept by Anssi Lassila. With two “primitive huts” that the visitor can enjoy from within, the installation provides two examples of space and shelter at their purest. One part of the installation was constructed by a Finnish master carpenter and his team, and the other by a Chinese team. Together the two installations strike up a subtle and complex dialogue between the architects and local builders. Presented in the pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, Re-Creation takes a stand on our relationship with the modern legacy and its tradition of international dialogue.
 
Re-Creation embraces an appreciation for tradition as a source of identity, combining it with an openness and curiosity toward international influences. Finnish modernism has always essentially been about digesting these two into something new, not copied or borrowed, but inspired both by the local tradition and by an exposure to the world beyond one’s immediate sphere of experience. Read more
 
Fundamentals
Curated by the renowned Dutch architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas, the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – titled Fundamentals – returns to the timeless basics of architecture. The national pavilions will explore global and local trends under the theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914–2014”.  Read more
 
OOPEAA Office for peripheral Architecture
Anssi Lassila is the founder of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture formerly known as Lassila Hirvilammi Architects Ltd. The office works on a range of different types of projects: churches, office buildings, housing, private houses, interior design and renovations. OOPEAA has offices in Seinäjoki and Helsinki, Finland. The office has been rewarded with significant awards and nominations and has won several prizes in architecture competitions. OOPEAA is known for their innovative approach in combining traditional methods of building with a contemporary vision of architecture. In their work they have demonstrated a skill in treating materials in ways that successfully bring out their best qualities.
 
Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA)
The Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA) has a long history in Venice. It has participated in the biennial in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. Its exhibition has always been staged in the small wooden pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto, which is centrally located in the biennale grounds of the Giardini.
 
Every third biennial, the museum is also responsible for the joint Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian exhibition in the beautiful concrete pavilion designed by Sverre Fehn. In 2014 the exhibition at the Nordic pavilion is curated  and produced by the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Read more
 
Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)
The installation has been created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in collaboration with its Creative Director Ole Bouman, who transformed a derelict but magnificient old industrial plant into a Value Factory, fostering a new culture of making in 2013–2014. During the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) collaborates with two pavilions (China Pavilion and Finland Pavilion) as “UABB@Venice”, which includes exhibition, forums and other public events. UABB@Venice continues the communication between Shenzhen and Venice, also the two city biennales, that started from 2009.
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Credits
Concept
Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
 
Re-Creation
Anssi Lassila, Teemu Hirvilammi and their team of assistants including the main assistant Kazunori Yamaguchi.
 
The Finnish part of the installation
Kari Virtanen (Nikari) and his assistants Mikko Merz, Jussi Nordberg and Laura Mattila.
 
The Chinese part of the installation
Gigi Leung (Gi-Space Design) in collaboration with her assistants Richard So, and Chi Cheong Tsui
 
Installation documentation
Tuomo Tammenpää, Pekka Turunen and Ville Tanttu.
 
Supported by
KONE Foundation, the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Culture Finland and the City of Helsinki. In partnership with PolarLifeHaus. Exhibition furniture by Nikari. Lighting solutions by Saas Instruments.

PROGRAMME
Wednesday October 29, 1pm / "Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture. Whats' Next?" Open Discussion 
Saturday June 7, 3 pm / "The Culture of Making" Debate
Friday June 6, 2.15 pm /  Inauguration of the Alvar Aalto Pavilion
Friday June 6, 3 pm / "OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture" Book Signing by Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing

 
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Press Releases
June 2, 2014  Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture
May 28, 2014 The Alvar Aalto Pavilion in Venice feature Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture
May 16, 2014 Lassila Hirvilammi is now OOPEAA

Short Biographies
Architect Anssi Lassila
OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
Commissioner / Curator Juulia Kauste
Curator Ole Bouman

The concept in images pdf

Documentation



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All sketches © OOPEAA
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The Finnish section of the Re-Creation installation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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The Chinese section of the Re-Creation installation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
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The Finnish section of the Re-Creation installation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Re-Creation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Re-Creation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Re-Creation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Commissioner and curator Juulia Kauste and curator Ole Bouman at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
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The Finnish section of the Re-Creation installation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
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Alvar Aalto Pavilion (1956) of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
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From the left: curator Ole Bouman, Commissioner and curator Juulia Kauste and Architect Anssi Lassila, Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
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From the left: curator Ole Bouman, Commissioner and curator Juulia Kauste and Architect Anssi Lassila, Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
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Architect Anssi Lassila and designer Gigi Leung at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Architect Anssi Lassila at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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THE PROCESS IN SHENZHEN DEC-APR 2014
 
Planning the Finnish part of the installation with master carpenter Kari Virtanen (Nikari), Fiskars, Finland 2013.
© Pekka Turunen
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Anssi Lassila (left), Richard So and Gigi Leung (Gi-Space Design) planning the Chinese part of the project in Shenzhen, China 2013. The installation has been created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB).
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Jussi Nordberg working on the Finnish section in Fiskars, Finland 2013.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Richard So working on the Chinese section in Shenzhen, China 2014. The installation has been created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Working on the Chinese section in Shenzhen: the bamboo poles are bound with metal hoops, giving them an arching, upward-tapering shape. Shenzhen, China, 2014. The installation has been created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Architect Anssi Lassila working on the Chinese section in Shenzhen, China 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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The Finnish part of the installation is made of spruce logs. The section being erected in Shenzhen, China, 2013. The installation has been created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB).
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Interior – the Chinese part of the installation features locally crafted bamboo using traditional Chinese construction methods, January 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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The Finnish part of the installation is made of spruce logs, and the Chinese part features locally crafted bamboo using traditional Chinese construction methods. Characterized by earthy colours and textures, the vertically accented Chinese structure differs visibly from its horizontal Finnish counterpart.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Architect Alvar Aalto and the Alvar Aalto Pavilion in 1956. Re-Creation is presented in the context of the wooden biennale pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in the golden age of Finnish modernism in 1956. In this context it gains a new interpretation, completing the dialogue between tradition and modernism through the act of its re-creation.
© MFA
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Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)
 

The installation has been created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in collaboration with its Creative Director Ole Bouman, who transformed a derelict but magnificient old industrial plant into a Value Factory, fostering a new culture of making in 2013–2014. © UABB
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The installation has been created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in collaboration with its Creative Director Ole Bouman, who transformed a derelict but magnificient old industrial plant into a Value Factory, fostering a new culture of making in 2013–2014. © UABB
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Potraits

Exhibitor Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
© Pekka Turunen
 
Commissioner and curator Juulia Kauste, Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA)
© Patrik Rastenberger
 
Curator Ole Bouman, Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)
© Naamlos
 
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