1 / 2012 - cultural interplay, Kilden

The concert and theatre house Kilden in Kristiansand in Norway designed by ALA Architects has introduced the concept of the internationality of Finnish architecture into the discussion. Juhani Pallasmaa, internationally renowned architect and writer, deems global kinship as essential. “I do not believe in any ideological Finnish value in architecture, but the significance of scenery, subliminal reactions, attitudes and values is vital.” Ingerid Helsing Almaas, the chief editor at Arkitektur N, reflects on the significance of nationality from the Norwegian perspective in her column. The Danish architect Bjarke Ingels from BIG, on the other hand, sees essentially Finnish characteristics and connections to Alvar Aalto in Kilden.

ALA Architects Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston have created bold designs that provoke diverse opinions. In addition to Kilden, the magazine also introduces the office’s other projects as well as the observation tower designed by the Finnish architect Sami Rintala in cooperation with the Icelandic Dagur Eggertsson located in the rocky landscape of Norway. The issue takes us on a tour from the Nordic countries to Africa by the Equator and to Brezhnev’s Soviet Union.


Kilden Performing Arts Centre
architects Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston
address Sjølystveien 2, Kristiansand, Norway
floor area 16 500 m2
completion 2011


Office and residental building Cloud City
address Punavuori, Helsinki
commission 2009
expected completion 2015

Housing blocks on Hanasaariaddress Hanasaari, Helsinki
invited competition 2007
expected completion 2025

Metro stations of Länsimetro
address Keilaniemi and Otaniemi, Espoo
commission 2009
expected completion 2015

Glass Pavilion, entrance to parking facilities
address Suomen pankin aukio, Tampere
invited competition 2011
expected completion 2014

City theatres
address Lappeenranta and Kuopio
commission 2010, 2011
expected completion 2014

Leijonatorni, mixed use tower with entertainment centre
address Pasila, Helsinki
commission 2011
expected completion 2016

conversation with Bjarke Ingels

Näköislehti: Site Logic