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