Anttinen Oiva Architects: Sompasaari Block, Helsinki 2021. Photo: Mika Huisman

4/2021Housing

How could we make housing construction more versatile? What kind of homes we need? What is sustainable housing construction like in the 21st century?

Housing

Harkko Housing

ILO architects
Helsinki
2019

Article

Would Joint Building Ventures Save the Quality of Housing Production?

Contrary to what is often thought, joint building ventures have a long history in Finland. If things had turned out differently in the 1960s, joint building ventures could still be mainstream.

Column

Is Housing Fair Finland Falling Behind the Times?

What was the take-home from this summer’s Housing Fair? Besides brochures and disposable promotional bags, that is?

Interview

Design Work Begins without Drawing a Single Line

In Vienna, joint building ventures and co-housing often go hand in hand. One of the recent projects is Gleis 21, a residential block of flats.

Column

Photo Column: The Image of Home

Images related to housing are homogenous in Finland, says Tuomas Uusheimo.

Article

The Rise of Solo Living

Almost half of Finnish households have only one member, and the same development can be seen in other Western countries. In her PhD dissertation, architect Anne Tervo found out that spatial needs of solo dwellers are rarely met in apartments typical in contemporary Finnish housing. One solution could be sharing.

3/2021Sacred Space

Where do we find the experiences of sacredness? What is sacred space like in the 21st century? Does ecclesiastical heritage have a future?

Article

Discourses on Dogma – Alvar Aalto and the Church

Alvar Aalto saw a parallel between his own architectural project and the Finnish national Lutheran Church’s adaptation to the twentieth century. In religion, as in modern architecture, tolerance bore more fruit than dogmatism.

Religion

Myllykoski Church Extension

OPUS Architects, Zealand Design
Kouvola
2021

Article

Does the Ecclesiastical Architectural Heritage Have a Future?

Declining tax revenues and high repair costs have put the future of many ecclesiastical buildings at stake. We asked three experts for their views on the situation.

Article

The Visible and the Unseen

The Lutheran Church has held centre stage in the history of Finnish ecclesiastical architecture, leaving other trajectories in its shadow.

Religion

Ylivieska Church

K2S Architects
Ylivieska
2021

Project Review

The Church Has Come to Stay

The old church of Ylivieska burned down at Easter five years ago. The new church weaves together time levels, references and meanings with its architecture.

2/2021Tradition and Renewal

What can we learn from traditional building techniques, and how to apply them in contemporary construction? How to fit a new building into an existing environment?

Article

Updating Monomaterial Construction

For some time now, there has been talk amongst architects about the return of monomaterial construction. Elina Koivisto pieced together what's happening in the field at the moment.

Offices

Wood City Supercell

Anttinen Oiva Architects
Helsinki
2021

Article

Architecture from the Field Side

Contemporary architects can be inspired by something as simple as a modest agricultural building. Barn architecture has become a global trend.

Article

Revisit: Rajamäki School and Rajakaari Multipurpose Hall

Rajamäki School and Rajakaari Multipurpose Hall were built in the 1960s as a shared effort by the locals. Now the Municipality of Nurmijärvi is planning to demolish the buildings.

Article

Updating Monomaterial Construction

For some time now, there has been talk amongst architects about the return of monomaterial construction. Elina Koivisto pieced together what's happening in the field at the moment.