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Techno and Coarseness

At long last, dance has finally received its own performance spaces in Helsinki, in the Cable Factory. The Dance House Helsinki is the first extension to the former factory building.

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The Many Lives of a Commercial Palace

Renovated and remodelled many times over, Mikonkatu 7 has one of the most complex building histories in Helsinki. The latest renovation borrows heavily from the past yet interprets the themes through the means of contemporary architecture.

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Like Time Standing Still

An old stable built more than a hundred years ago in Helsinki’s Punavuori is now home to people instead of horses. What remains is the historical atmosphere.

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The Yellow Library Remains

In the renovation of the Jyväskylä University Library, the uses of the building have been completely reorganised, but the atmosphere conceived in the 1970s remains unchanged.

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Cuckoo in the Villa

In the hands of a new owner, an old villa in Savonlinna underwent extensive renovations and received a few extra buildings on the grounds. The old and the new are engaging in a dialogue that is both delicate and doubtful.

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Elemental Joy

Whilst Finlandia Hall is closed for renovation, a temporary, movable building will remain adjacent to it and offer a space for events. Despite its unrooted concept, the building forms an intimate connection to its environment, writes Lee Marable.

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An Oasis Along the Rapids

The re-designed riverside of Tikkurilankoski in Vantaa intertwines the cultural landscape with nature. 

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Attuned

The former factory block in Helsinki’s Arabianranta district has over the course of a couple of decades been transformed into a cultural campus. The latest addition to the block, the new Soiva building, offers music education facilities for both a university and a conservatory.

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Timber Forms the Next Generation

In Finland, CLT structures have recently proven especially popular in buildings for education. For Philip Tidwell, the award-winning Hopealaakso Daycare Centre by AFKS architects carries traces of issues that designers have to solve when new material is integrated into conventional systems of design and construction.