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24 Aug 2018
New Architecture and Design Museum Complex in Helsinki Proposal
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11 Aug 2017

Museum of Finnish Architecture Lecture

The Museum of Finnish Architecture Eero Saarinen Honorary Lecture 2017 by Architect Sebastián Irarrázaval

EERO SAARINEN HONORARY LECTURE 2017 – Sebastián Irarrázaval

Thursday September 7, 2017, 4 pm – 7 pm
Ateneum Art Museum, Kaivokatu 2, 00100 Helsinki

Attendance by invitation only

Sebastián Irarrázaval architect:
Sebastián Irarrázaval architect
photo © Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos

This annual lecture organized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture pays tribute to the legacy of the Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen. Every year the museum invites an internationally acclaimed architect to hold a lecture about their work, career and sources of inspiration. This year’s lecturer will be Sebastián Irarrázaval from Chile.

Recently Irarrázaval’s work 2Y House was chosen among the best 3 projects of the year by Archdaily and his latest project Public Library of Constitución has been granted Merit at the AZ Award (Canada, 2016), Honor at the Wood Design and Building Award (Canada, 2016) and received the RIBA Award for International Excellence given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (UK, 2017).

The Eero Saarinen Honorary Lecture forms part of the architecture theme day programme during Helsinki Design Week 2017. In addition, the Ruukki Unbelievable Challenge 2017 architecture competition will be published on this day. The event is open to all and requires registration in advance.

27 Mar 2017

Museum of Finnish Architecture Exhibition 2017

The Museum of Finnish Architecture in the new exhibition in HAM – In Collaboration: MODERN LIFE!

Exhibition in HAM 3 Mar – 30 Jul 2017

The Museum of Finnish Architecture is part of Helsinki Art Museums HAM’s exhibition ‘Modern Life!’, a collaboration between five museums.

Modern Life! Museum of Finnish Architecture Exhibition

In the exhibition, Alvar Aalto Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Design Museum, HAM and the Finnish Museum of Photography join forces to celebrate Finland’s centenary jubilee.

Modern Life! unveils the modernist movement’s strong belief in the future, as well as an excitement over scientific and technological advancements. In art, design and architecture alike, the past was dismissed to make space for new forms of expression.

Modern life! is exhibited in HAM in Tennispalatsi.

The exhibition is part of the Finland 100 programme in 2017.

In the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the exhibition How Finland Was Modernized is thematically linked to the exhibition in HAM.

During the exhibition, the Museum of Finnish Architecture organizes lectures, workshops and guided tours in HAM.

Modernist architects and designers set out to build the world of today and of the future with the ideals of enhancing everyday life and purposefulness. At the same time, artists of the time led Finnish visual arts onto more abstract paths. Appearances at world’s fairs and success in international architectural competitions brought fame and glory to the young nation.

Modern Life! combines architecture, design, photography and visual arts in a new and surprising way. At the same time, the exhibition is a story on the impact of diverse modernism on everyday life and arts in Finland. The exhibition explores the collections and research work of five Finnish museums in a unique collaboration.

Modern Life! is organised at the Tennis Palace exhibition spaces of HAM. The architecture of the exhibition spaces provides a suitable frame to interpret modernism in a new, exciting way. The functionalist Tennis Palace is itself a delicious prime example of Finnish modernism.

The exhibition portrays the work of designers and artists such as Alvar and Aino Aalto, Emmi Fock, Vilho Setälä, Tapio Wirkkala, Kaj Franck, Eliel Saarinen, Viljo Revell and Timo Sarpaneva, Laila Pullinen and Eila Hiltunen, Wäinö Aaltonen, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Anitra Lucander, Aarno Ruusuvuori, Sam Vanni and Unto Pusa.

Read more about the Modern Life! exhibition

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Museum of Finnish Architecture

Kasarmikatu 24, 00130 Helsinki Finland
Tel +358 9 85675100

15 Nov 2013

Museum of Finnish Architecture at Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale

The Museum of Finnisc Architecture and Lassila Hirvilammi Architects at the Shenzhen Biennale 6.12.2013 – 26.2.2014


The Museum of Finnish Architecture has chosen Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects to represent contemporary Finnish architecture at the fifth Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. Anssi Lassila and Teemu Hirvilammi will be premiering their installation Re-Creation in Shenzhen from December 6, 2013 until February 26, 2014.

Opening in December, the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale is Asia’s premier architectural event, and also one of growing international importance. Participants this year include OMA Kunsthal from Rotterdam, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo from Rome (MAXXI), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) from London, the MIT Museum from Cambridge and Droog Design from Amsterdam.

Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale Belgium Pavilion
picture courtesy Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture

During the 2013–2014 biennale – themed “Urban Border” – a glass factory under threat of demolition in the Shekou industrial precinct will be transformed into a culture complex and events venue called the Value Factory. The repurposing of an abandoned industrial building marks a wholly new way of thinking in China, and one that will hopefully become anchored in urban planning worldwide. The Value Factory takes a bold stand for cultural preservation and tradition as part of contemporary architecture.

The biennale’s curator and creative director is Ole Bouman, an internationally recognized curator, lecturer, writer and former Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI). Juulia Kauste will represent the Museum of Finnish Architecture as an invited content partner. Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects was the only Nordic architectural practice invited to join an international committee of experts planning the content of the Shenzhen Biennale. The chosen architects were given the task of coming up with new ideas for the repurposing of the glassworks.

Based on a concept by Anssi Lassila, Re-Creation is a spatial exploration of originality and copyability. What, in its most reductive form, does the concept of space represent in two different cultures? How does an original idea adapt to local conditions when relocated to a new cultural context? The installation consists of three parts. First the architects designed two spaces that were built as local projects in Finland and China.

The two widely diverging sculptural spaces are to be exhibited in the Biennale’s Silo building. The Museum of Finnish Architecture will stage a separate exhibit at the biennale featuring a video and photographic exhibition of the process through which the spruce log and bamboo constructions took shape. A workshop related to the themes of the installation will be held in January in cooperation with the Finnish Centre for Architecture.

Lassila Hirvilammi Architects is an architectural practice with a wide-ranging portfolio and a mission is to create functionally, technically and economically sustainable architecture of high aesthetic quality that is respectfully adapted to local conditions. Lassila Hirvilammi Architects are the designers of landmark projects including Kärsämäki Shingle Church (2004) and Kuokkala Church (2010) in Jyväskylä. Their work has attracted international acclaim in the New Nordic – architecture & identity exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark and the MFA’s Light Houses exhibition at the 2012 Venice Biennale.

Re-Creation is a collaboration between Anssi Lassila, Teemu Hirvilammi and a team of assistants. The Finnish part of the installation was constructed by master carpenter Kari Virtanen (Nikari Oy) and his assistants Mikko Merz and Laura Mattila. The Chinese part will be completed later in collaboration with a Chinese partner. Tuomo Tammenpää, Pekka Turunen and Ville Tanttu will document the installations. The project is a co-production with the Finnish Centre for Architecture.

Shenzhen Architecture Biennale

Urbanism / Architecture Bi-City Biennale UABB (SZ)
Shenzhen, Kiina
6.12.2013 – 26.2.2014

Museum of Finnish Architecture Exhibitions

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The Best School in the World, exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture

8 Jun – 25 Sep 2011

The Best School in the World

Exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, June 8th–September 25th 2011 Finnish students are top performers in the OECDOECDOECDOECD’s PISISA studies, but what’s the secret to the success of the Finnish education system? The MFA explores this question from an architectural perspective: In what type of environments does learning take place today, and what kind of physical settings are the most conducive to successful learning?

The exhibition examines how contemporary school architecture addresses the varied needs of today’s learners and multiform teaching methods. The core part of the exhibition looks at school architecture from the 2000s, an abridged version of which featured at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in autumn 2010. The seven schools presented in detail offer a varied sample of functional and architectural solutions.

Enter School, Sipoo, Finland:
Enter School Sipoo
image : Marko Huttunen

Schools from 1900 to the 1970s are presented with original drawings from the museum’s collections and texts providing a decade-by-decade historical overview. Also featured is a textual summary of the Finnish school system from its inception to modern times. Schools from the 20th and 21st centuries are additionally illustrated with slide shows, which also provide a sneak preview of new schools that are currently under planning or construction.

Finnish Schools – Highlighted in Exhibition

Strömberg School, Helsinki, 2001. Kari Järvinen and Merja Nieminen Architects SAFA
Viikki Teacher Training School, Helsinki, 2004. ARK-House Architects
Hiidenkivi Comprehensive School, Helsinki, 2005. Häkli Architects
Sakarinmäki School and Day Nursery, Helsinki, 2006. FLNLN Architects
Comprehensive School in Joensuu, 2007. Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Enter Upper Secondary School and Vocational College, Sipoo, 2007. K2S Architects
Kirkkojärvi School, Espoo, 2010. Verstas Architects

The exhibition is produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

The Best School in the World – Museum of Finnish Architecture Exhibition

Strömberg School, Helsinki, Finland
Architects: Kari Järvinen, Merja Nieminen
Strömberg School Helsinki
image from MFA

Viikki School, Helsinki, Finland

Architects: Markku Erholtz, Hannu Huttunen, Jussi Karjalainen
Viikki School Helsinki
image from MFA

Hiidenkivi School, Helsinki, Finland
Architect: Seppo Häkli
Hiidenkivi School Helsinki
photo : Jussi Tiainen

Sakarinmäki School, Helsinki, Finland
Architect: Sari Nieminen
Sakarinmäki School Helsinki
image : Arkkitehtitoimisto Sari Nieminen

Joensuu Lyceum, Joensuu, Finland

Architects: Ilmari Lahdelma, Heikki Viiri
Joensuu Lyceum
photo : Jussi Tiainen

Enter School, Sipoo, Finland
Architects: Kimmo Lintula, Mikko Summanen, Niko Sirola
Enter School Finland
image from MFA

Kirkkojärvi School, Espoo, Finland
Architects: Väinö Nikkilä, Riina Palva, Jussi Palva, Ilkka Salminen
Kirkkojärvi School Espoo
image : Verstas arkkitehdit

Exhibition catalogue

The exhibition’s 80-page English-language catalogue is designed especially for international audiences. Featuring a rich accompaniment of visual material, The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century includes three expert essays and a detailed presentation of the schools. Architect Kaisa Nuikkinen discusses the various challenges of designing a school in her article Learning Spaces: How They Meet Evolving Educational Needs.

Finland’s PISISA performance is the main focus of Educational Progress in Finland and What We Can Learn from It, an expert article contributed by Pasi Sahlberg, Director General of the Finnish Centre for International Mobility (CICIMO). Sirkka-Liisa Jetsonen, an architect at the National Board of Antiquities, provides an historical outline of the Finnish education system and its buildings in her article Setting the Scene for Learning. Available for €20 at the museum shop.

Upcoming events

The museum will organise guided tours of schools in the Helsinki metropolitan area which are featured in the exhibition. Other upcoming events will include lectures, discussion panels and tailored workshops for school groups.

Guided tours

Weekdays €60, weekends €80 + admission €5/€2.50/€0.
Maximum 25 participants per tour. Please book in advance: tel. +358 (0)9 8567 5100.

Museum of Finnish Architecture

Kasarmikatu 24, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
Contact MFA: tel. (358 9) 8567 5111

Opening hours

Tue, Thurs, Fri 10:00-4:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Sat–Sun 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Closed for midsummer June 24-25th
June 23rd open 10:00 am-2:00 pm


MFA Exhibitions in 2011

Beauty, Functionality, Durability
Two Centuries of Public Building 1811–2011

1 Mar – 1 May 2011 [big and small hall]
Public building in Finland can be said to have been initiated on 3 September 1811, when the Russian Czar established the Intendant’s Office “to supervise architecture that is both useful and embellishing for all nations”. Over time, the Office was succeeded by the Board of Public Buildings, the National Board of Public Building, the State Real Property Agency, and lastly the current Senate Properties.

On display are remarkable public buildings from the days of Carl Ludvig Engel, the second Intendant, to the present day. The exhibition also presents visions of the Senate Properties for the design of future work environments.

The exhibition has been designed by architect Hannele Grönlund.
Producers: Museum of Finnish Architecture, Senate Properties

8 Jun – 25 Sep 2011 [big hall]
In Finland, education has been regarded as a pillar of democracy and the welfare state, and also as the mainstay of our social and economic development. Our school system has attained international interest as Finnish pupils have achieved top-level results in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

New schools have begun to genuinely address the spatial needs of today’s multiform learning methods. Ideally, a well-designed school building is itself an educational experience for its occupants. The seven schools on display represent different functional and architectural approaches.

Strömberg School, Helsinki, Kari Järvinen and Merja Nieminen Architects SAFA • Viikki Teacher Training School, Helsinki, Ark-House Architects • Hiidenkivi School, Helsinki, Häkli Architects • Sakarinmäki School, Helsinki, Architect Sari Nieminen • Comprehensive School, Joensuu, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects • Enter, Sipoo, K2S Architects Ltd • Kirkkojärvi School, Espoo, Verstas Architects Ltd. Producer: Museum of Finnish Architecture

Manmade Environment
5 Oct – 4 Dec 2011 [big and small hall]
Focusing on new Nordic landscape architecture, this exhibition spans from highway landscapes and avalanche protection to attractive, inviting urban spaces and the world’s first botanical roof garden. Contemporary landscape architects are contributing to more environmentally friendly and sustainable development in the cities and beyond. There are 26 projects that present innovative approaches to meet the challenges of the future.

Finland is represented by the Saaristokatu street connecting several islands in Kuopio, the Rantamo-Seitteli wetlands in Tuusula and the Vuosaari Hill in Helsinki. The Finnish part was produced in collaboration with the Finnish Association of Landscape Architects MARK and was curated by Meri Mannerla-Magnusson.

Producers: Danish Architecture Centre DAC and Norsk Form; in collaboration the Swedish Museum of Architecture, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Nordic House in Reykjavik.

Finnish Architecture
Pyhän Laurin kappeli
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Museum of Finnish Architecture Exhibition 2009


23 Sep – 29 Nov 2009

Large hall
The work of Norway’s most prominent architect is exhibited in 18 built and unbuilt projects. Sverre Fehn is known especially for his museum and exhibition buildings and private houses. His poetic yet at the same time powerful architecture is represented by e.g. the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1962), Hedmark Museum (Hamar 1969/2005), his earliest private house Villa Schreiner (Oslo 1963), and Villa Busk (Bamble 1990) from his later career.
Producer: Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

Portrait of Sverre Fehn (1924–2009)
Sverre Fehn
photo : Stina Glømmi
Sverre Fehn Exhibition

Small hall
Also known for his skills in drawing and painting, architect, professor Erik Kråkström (1919-2009) established an architectural office in 1950. His output includes several restorations, such as the Naval Barracks complex in Helsinki, designed by C. L. Engel in the early 19th century, rebuilt and extended for the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (1973­89). He designed numerous schools and residential buildings as well as industrial establishments, for instance Finlan’d first nuclear power plant in Loviisa (1977). In addition to building design tasks, he had various town planning commissions. Producer: Museum of Finnish Architecture

Erik Kråkström (1919–2009)
Erik Kråkström
photo : MFA
Erik Kråkström Exhibition

See also lectures on Scandinavian architecture

Location: Museum of Finnish Architecture, Finland, northeast Europe

New Finnish Architecture

Contemporary Architecture in Finland

Finnish Architecture Design – chronological list

Finnish Architecture News

House Moby Dick, Espoo
Arkkitehdit NRT
House Moby Dick

Katajanokka Housing
Arkkitehdit NRT
Katajanokka Housing

Turku City Library
Design: JKMM architects
Turku City Library

Viikki Church, Helsinki
Design: JKMM architects
Viikki Church

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