“The finished building avoids the often sprawling characteristics typical of the designs of young architects.”

Architect Mikko Summanen visits Jätkäsaari Comprehensive School by AOR Architects (Helsinki 2019). Read the review in "Shared" issue 1/2020 →

1/2020Shared

How do we share the spaces we live in – at work, school or home? How to design collectively? Is the vision for the future we are building with architecture a shared one?

Article

Flipside of an Activity-Based Office

An activity-based office increases interaction and creates innovations – or perhaps not. Virve Peteri, Academy Research Fellow, has studied workspaces of the 2010s. What kind of effects does an activity-based office have on working?

Interview

Nordic Voices

The Nordic Works collective is well-known for the participatory urban design method they have developed. After having operated in various parts of Finland for more than seven years, the collective is now looking abroad.

Interview

Campus for Connections

JKMM Archtects designed a new head office for Kesko Corporation in Kalasatama, Helsinki. The activity-based environment encourages encounters between the employees – and the building itself also positions itself to encounter the new city district being built around it.

Article

Ecological Favourites

We asked a group of architects working in Finland to name an architecture project that has recently inspired them in the ecological sense.

6/2019Economy

What are the connections between architecture and economy? How does the current economic system affect architecture, our cities and buildings?

Interview

Culture in the Big League

Completed last year in Fuzhou, the cultural centre consists of five main functions: an opera house, concert hall, multifunctional hall, cinema and exhibition hall. Pekka Salminen, professor and architect, tells about the project and the activities of PES-Architects in China.

Interview

20 years of Exporting Danish Sustainable Architecture

3XN is one of the best-known Danish architectural firms in the world. What kind of approach to architecture anf business lies behind the firm's international expansion?

Housing

Grand Residence 21

Jani Prunnila
Joarc Architects
Helsinki
2019

Article

The Curious OOO

Despite its long name, object-oriented ontology (OOO) is a surprisingly approachable new school of philosophy. It is being utilised for both creative work and a more comprehensive reorganisation of worldviews.  When describing the profession of an architect, interdisciplinarity is one of the first words that usually comes to mind.

Article

Chapel Demolition

The modernist Lepola funerary chapel in Kouvola never received protection status. We can ask ourselves, what is the point of statements from the authorities when even indisputable architectural values ​​are ultimately overshadowed by economic concerns?

Article

On Doughnuts, Definitions, and the Troubles with Exhibiting

This autumn, the Oslo Architecture Triennale focussed on the problems of continuous growth. Dubravka Sekulić writes about her thoughts at the Triannale.

Interview

20 years of Exporting Danish Sustainable Architecture

3XN is one of the best-known Danish architectural firms in the world. What kind of approach to architecture anf business lies behind the firm's international expansion?

5/2019Ecology

Land use and construction consume large amounts of natural resources and energy, causing a lion's share of the emissions and waste. What kind of changes this should prompt in architecture, if we aim for a more sustainable future?

 

Project Review

A Nature Trail in the Grip of Culture and the Past

How to maintain the innate wildness of nature while making it available for everyone? Hanna Johansson visits the recreational path in Lammassaari, Helsinki.

Article

On a Path Toward Ecological Living

Talo Kissankäpälä is one of the first single-family houses with natural stack ventilation in the Helsinki metropolitan area that was built after the new Finnish energy regulations came into effect.

Project Review

The Renovated Cradle of Humanist Learning

The main building of University of Jyväskylä, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, has in the past suffered from a sick building syndrome. Now, newly renovated it returns to its central role on campus.

Column

Growth and its Costs

Studying the history of urban development might help with understanding the future of cities, suggests Eeva Berglund.

Article

An Architecture Shaped by the Wind, the Water and the Sun

All too often, discussions about sustainability in architecture are reduced to the technical performance of buildings. Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi's more lyrical approach inspires Maiju Suomi.

Article

On a Path Toward Ecological Living

Talo Kissankäpälä is one of the first single-family houses with natural stack ventilation in the Helsinki metropolitan area that was built after the new Finnish energy regulations came into effect.