Handcrafted, unique, strong sense of materiality – the concept of crafts is associated with many kinds of qualities which are also relevant to talk about within the field of architecture. The ‘Crafts’ issue brings forward some connections between crafts and architecture through showcasing 13 recently completed architectural projects, renovations, saunas and individual houses.
One aspect of crafts visible in architecture is the fact that each building needs to be tailored to fit the client’s needs, its surroundings, and so on. The concept of crafts is also closely associated with materials and their qualities. Traditional building techniques are still available today, yet on the other hand, traditional building materials, such as wood, stone and clay, can be also utilised in new ways – wood building meaning both applications of traditional joinery and assembly of CLT elements.
Special handcrafted attention is needed when combining old and new in renovations. As an example, the issue features Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta in Seinäjoki by Hirvilammi Architects – designed into a 100-year-old barn.
The issue also takes a look at Burning Man festival in California, highlighting the crafts as a way of self-expression. Master cabinetmaker Antrei Hartikainen shares his thoughts on the concept of crafts and working with wood, whereas the founder-architects of Geometria Architecture explain the concept of digital craftsmanship, an approach integral to their oeuvre.
Editorial | With Hands and Brains
HANDLING THE PAST
→ Dirk and the Chocolate Factory
Anna & Eugeni Bach
TURNING ARTS AND CRAFTS VISIBLE
→ Kalevan Navetta Art and Culture Centre
→ Shatwell Smoke Sauna
ET IN ARCADIA EGO
Anna & Eugeni Bach
BUILT BY HAND
→ Cabin Daylight
Mattila & Merz
→ Sauna Lepakko
→ Villa Furuholmen
→ Villa Hero
→ House L3
→ 3-Square House
Studio Puisto Architects
OLD MATERIALS, NEW APPLICATIONS
→ House SAHA
→ A City Out of Nowhere
→ Sauna Vitören
August Almqvist Jansson
Exhibition | Konstig känsla känns bra / Weird Sensation Feels Good, ArkDes, Stockholm (Essi Oikarinen)