“In the design process, the agreements arranged between architects and users are translated into spatial solutions capable of admitting more or less specialised functions.”

The buildings presented in the Home issue made Fernando Nieto think about the design process of a house. Read more → (Photo: Anders Portman. Avanto Architects, House Pokrinniemi, 2022.)

4/2022Home

What do we mean by good quality housing? Who benefits of the housing crisis? What are the qualities of a private villa in 2022?

Article

Housing as a Solution

In cities worldwide, people are suffering the effects of a prolonged housing crisis. Housing as a Service has been presented as a solution, but who does it really benefit?

Column

Column: Ecocatastrophe Requires Negative Ideas

Architects should get rid of the idealistic view that our task would be to find a solution to any problem, writes Julius Jääskeläinen.

Article

What Makes a Sustainable Living Environment? – Researchers Compiled a Checklist

Several new trends in housing production are worrying experts, as these trends are compromising dwellers’ health and well-being as well as the longevity of the apartments. Researchers at the Tampere University School of Architecture compiled different aspects of housing design quality into a checklist.

Article

Revisit: Lehtovuori House

Architect Olli Lehtovuori’s own house has for already half a century served as a laboratory for residential architecture. Its flexible floorplan based on a traditional two-room farmhouse would be applicable even today.

Leisure

Sauna Humble

Mattila & Merz
Kimitoön
2022

Article

Gustaf Estlander, Romanticist and Businessman of Residential Architecture

Just over a hundred years ago, one particular architect in Helsinki had notable financial success with his exuberantly romantic apartment buildings.

3/2022Nature

How does architecture form a sustainable relationship between the humankind and nature? How can architecture support the wellbeing of the whole biosphere? What kind of new concepts are needed when overhauling the architectural practice?

Article

Form Follows Fuel – Building Our Way into (and out of?) Climate Emergency

Historian of architecture Barnabas Calder traces the architectural history and future from the point of view of energy.

Project Review

An Oasis Along the Rapids

The re-designed riverside of Tikkurilankoski in Vantaa intertwines the cultural landscape with nature. 

Culture

Pikku-Finlandia

Pikku-Finlandia Studio
Helsinki
2022

Article

On the Drawing Board: Alusta – A platform for Environmental Discourse

The pavilion, designed by Maiju Suomi and Elina Koivisto, offers a place for encounters between humans and other species, to observe the environment and discuss it.

Leisure

Rautulampi Huts

Manu Humppi Architects
Sodankylä
2021

Article

The Spaces In-Between

Diverse and flexible cities not only require clearly defined and designed places, but also undefined, so-called-interstitial spaces in-between to help them in, for example, adjusting to changes.

Article

Three Perspectives on the Posthumanist Living Environment

How could the design professionals be better involved in resolving increasing environmental crises and reducing the negative impact of construction on the environment? The concept of posthumanism offers new viewpoints for the organisation of the field.

2/2022Overlooked

Who will we remember as part of the history of architecture, who will we allow to slip into oblivion? Who defines good architecture? What is taboo in Finnish architecture?

Article

The Rare, the Outstanding and the Everyday Grey

Uniqueness or rarity most often determines what kind of buildings are highlighted in architecture and what is, in the end, protected. What will happen to those commonplace environments that do not fulfil either of the criteria?

Article

When Minorities Talk about Architecture, Does Anyone Listen?

Arvind Ramachandran interviewed members of different minorities on their experiences on the discussion around Finnish architecture and how it could be made more inclusive.

Article

What Is Taboo in Finnish Architecture?

What are the points of view, themes and questions that have not received enough attention in architectural discussions? What are the unspoken taboos of Finnish architecture? We asked seven architects and architecture researchers to answer this question.

Column

Sanatoria in the Shadow of Paimio

During the twentieth century, Finland had 80–85 institutions of care specialised in the treatment of tuberculosis. Paimio’s iconic figure has shadowed the rest of Finnish sanatorium architecture, argue Heini Hakosalo and Emilia Rönkkö.

Article

Architecture’s Forgotten

Who will we remember, and who will we allow to slip into oblivion?