5 / 2012 - Nordic identities

What are the special characteristics of the Nordic and how does the globalised world affect it? Danish Professor Michael Asgaard Andersen re-evaluates the traditional cultural connection and examines the topic from the point of view of place identity, communality and public urban spaces. What do the designers themselves have to say? Fourteen architects from around the Nordic countries evaluate the basis of their own work and the significance of the Nordic mentality.

In Finland, the strong tradition of architecture competitions continues to introduce young talents and offer them the possibility to realise new ideas. The Oulu-based Janne Laukka, Tuomas Niemelä and Milla Parkkali were under the age of 30 when they won the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos competition in 2008. The result was a cultural centre beautifully positioned in Lapland’s landscape serving the Sámi culture in an unforgettable way. A similar fresh gust of contemporary architecture can also be experienced in an urban city block. The Paasitorni hotel designed by K2S Architects in the inner courtyard of the Helsinki Worker’s House in Hakaniemi is a unique and innovative piece of work.

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