“The houses that were exported from Finland were never really included in the domestic canon of Modernism.”

The exhibition of the Finnish Pavilion in the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale, called New Standards, delves into the multifaceted history and legacy of Puutalo Oy, a Finnish reconstruction-era industrial enterprise that briefly became a worldwide leader in the export of prefabricated wooden houses. We talked with the curators on the project (photo: Juuso Westerlund / Archinfo) →


What kind of values and structures guide or control architects in their work? Where is the field of architecture heading to? How can architecture contribute to building a better future?


“Alvar and Göran Were Connected by Their Will to Experience the New”

The friendship of Alvar Aalto and Göran Schildt lasted for decades. Göran Schildt’s widow Christine Schildt reminisces about her life as the writer’s wife and as a friend of Alvar and Elissa Aalto.


Return of the Industry

Integrating industry within the urban fabric of our cities could contribute to their long-term sustainability. In the Malminkartano district of Helsinki, many principles presently considered radical have been on trial for some 30 years.


The Multi-Faceted Sirens

The exhibition on the life and works of Kaija and Heikki Siren at the Espoo City Museum is the first ever comprehensive exhibition in Finland of the Sirens’ architecture. The exhibition on the life and works of Kaija Siren (1920–2001) and Heikki Siren (1918–2013) at KAMU, the Espoo City Museum, is a summation of the […]


The Future Lies in Africa

Africa is urbanising at a fast pace. If western architects want to be part of the development, an attitude of awareness and humbleness is needed.


New Standards – A Curatorial Roundtable

After a one-year delay, the Venice Architecture Biennale is scheduled to open next spring. We sat down with the curatorial team of the Finnish pavilion.


What makes a monument? How do buildings get associated with certain meanings?


Bauhaus Legacy Born on the Dunes

Tel Aviv is home to an architectural conservation site consisting of around 4,000 buildings from the 1930s. Following a multi-stage selection process, it was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2003.


The Monumental Alliance of Finnish Government and Civilization

The Kansalaistori square, with the Parliament House on one side, paired with the Central Library on the other, has become a monumental square for the era of Finnish independence. Ilkka Törmä draws a continuum between it and Senate Square, a monument of tsarist Finland.


Under Fifty and Soon Gone

In central Tampere, there are plans to pull down the former National Workers' Savings Bank building to make way for a new, and much taller, development. This doesn't convince Anselmi Moisander.


Time Makes a Monument

Iida Kalakoski examines the changing cityscape of Tampere and equally changing meanings.

Commercial space


Architects Soini & Horto
Sweco Architects


New Colossi

Bigness is becoming a prominent feature of Helsinki’s cityscape. Antti Auvinen’s photographs examine the phenomenon.


What does empathy mean in architecture? Who does the architect design for? How do you turn empathy into a design tool?


Building a Better World – Piece by Piece

The first question architect Heikki Lamusuo and artist Jaana Partanen ask when starting a new project is who will experience it and what feeling they want to evoke with their work.


House Nybo

Kanttia 2


Conductor’s Perspective on Space

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä has worked in some of the best-known concert halls in the world. He acknowledges that architecture is a fundamental element of a great performance.



Ahlman Architects


Sharing Isolation

Architect-photographer Pyry Kantonen’s photos offer insight into the life and homes of urban communities during the pandemic.


A New Direction for Critical Regionalism

Architecture is increasingly being asked to acknowledge its social and ecological responsibilities. Critical Regionalism, which emphasises locality, offers one perspective on solving global problems.


Circle of Care

In her essay, Iris Andersson examines hospitals, their history, future and the concept of healing space.