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Contemporary Architecture in Finland

Opening: 30 January 2009
Duration: 31 January - 13 April 2009
Curator: Arianna Callocchia

The exhibition Contemporary Architecture in Finland presents selected contemporary Finnish architecture projects that fascinate not only with their high functional and technical quality, but also with their special capability of focusing on human needs.

Wood is predominantly used, as it is a natural resource in Finland. Daylight floods the interior.
A coming to terms with nature, the power of its formations, the integration into the landscape, and the reflection of the seasons in the interior of the buildings bear witness to the sensitivity of the planners. It is just the 'normality' of many of the exhibited buildings that is actually new and a discontinuation of the aesthetic overload of numerous houses built in the recent past.

The exhibition itself, the guest lecture by Professor Ilmari Lahdelma (Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, Helsinki), as well as the relevant discussions will bring to light whether various aspects of contemporary Finnish architecture can serve as a source of inspiration for architecture in the Alpine region.

Curator: Arianna Callocchia, architect and freelance journalist
Exhibition project : ATL ? Association of Finnish Architects' Offices
Under the patronage of the Finnish Embassy
Concept and graphic design: Architetto Heikki Pälviä, Workshop Pälviä Ltd.

Fringe events: Lecture by Professor Ilmari Lahdelma (Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, Helsinki)  Die Wandelbarkeit der Architektur - The Changing Nature of Architecture, March 5, 2009, 8 PM

The University of Helsinki City Campus library / Anttinen Oiva Architects Picture: Anttinen Oiva Architects
Villa CIPEA in Nanjing, China, 2009 / Sanaksenaho Architects Ltd. Picture: Sanaksenaho Architects Ltd.
The University of Helsinki City Campus library / Anttinen Oiva Architects Picture: Anttinen Oiva Architects
Turku Library / JKMM Architcts / Asmo Jaaksi Photographer: Michael Perlmutter