ARCHITECTURE ON THE SUMMER ESPLANADE

Press Release
Jun 9, 2015
 
This summer Helsinki’s Esplanade Park will play host to Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture, an installation featured at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014. A varied line-up of architecture-related events will be organized around the installation inviting kids and grown-ups alike to see the city through new eyes.
 
Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture, an installation comprising two wooden structures designed by architect Anssi Lassila (OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture), will be on display in Helsinki’s Esplanade Park through summer 2015. The piece debuted at the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in 2014 and was displayed later the same year at the International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in Venice.
 
In conjunction with the Re-Creation exhibition, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre Finland will be co-producing Architecture on the Summer Esplanade, a varied programme of events inviting the public to contemplate themes related to architecture and urban planning in and around the exhibition venue.
 
You are cordially invited to the opening in Helsinki’s Esplanade Park on June 10, at 6:00 pm
 
A guide will be on site daily from 1.00 pm, to 5.00 pm.
 
 
RE-CREATION. THE RESILIENCE OF ARCHITECTURE
Esplanade Park, June 11–September 13, 2015

Adapting a concept by architect Anssi Lassila (OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture), Re-Creation is an installation based on the idea of ‘universal space’. As the title suggests, the installation offers two different physical interpretations of space as shaped by two different cultural contexts.
 
The two-part installation looks at how an architectural concept acquires a wholly different form when planted in a new culture and environment.The two parts were constructed in Finland and China together with teams of local artisans. The two ‘huts’ differ from each other in their materials, building techniques and vocabularies. The Finnish hut is constructed of horizontal spruce logs. The hut built by the Chinese artisans has an arched, tapering shape that was created by bending bamboo poles with metal ribbon.
 
Lassila’s installation looks at architecture as a process. In this process, the building takes shape as a dialogue between the architect and builder, as dictated by the context, culture and local heritage. The technique and materials, too, are determined by local conditions, leading the two huts to turn out differently even though their guiding concept is identical. Re-Creation prompts us to contemplate the problematics of the original and the replica. What, in its most fundamental form, does a space express in two different cultures? How does the original concept adapt to different conditions and materials?
 
The exhibition was curated for the Venice Biennale by Juulia Kauste, Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Ole Bouman, Dutch architecture critic and Director of the Shekou Design Museum. The Finnish part was crafted by master cabinetmaker Kari Virtanen (Nikari Oy) and his team of assistants. The Chinese part was constructed by Gigi Leung and his team from Gi-Space. The project was documented by Tuomo Tammenpää, Pekka Turunen and Ville Tanttu. The installation was created for the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) Value Factory project, where it debuted from December 2013 to March 2014. The project was co-produced with the Architecture Information Centre Finland.
 
At the Venice Biennale the installation was exhibited directly outside the Finnish Pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956. The pavilion itself hosted an exhibition documenting the construction of the two huts in Finland and China.
 
Curated by the Dutch architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas, the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – under the title ‘Fundamentals’ – returned to the timeless basics of architecture. The national pavilions explored global and local trends under the theme of ‘Absorbing Modernity: 1914–2014’, with Anssi Lassila’s installation providing a Finnish perspective on this theme. Lassila’s OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture is known for projects combining local heritage and traditional materials with innovative construction technology. The office draws inspiration from the key tenets of Finnish modernism: subtle treatment of scale, light and materials.
 
Guide services
A guide will be on site daily from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
 
ARCHITECTURE ON THE SUMMER ESPLANADE
Programme, June 2015
 
Wednesday June 10, 6.00 pm, Re-Creation, Esplanade Park
Exhibition opening
Public opening of Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture in the Esplanade Park
 
Friday, June 12, 1.00 pm, guided tour, Re-Creation, Esplanade Park
A guided tour celebrating Helsinki Day.
Exploring layers of history on Keskuskatu in downtown Helsinki, the tour starts in front of the Re-Creation pavilion in Esplanade Park and will be hosted by Joona Rantasalo. Free of charge
 
Friday, June 12, 1.00 pm– 5.00 pm, Re-Creation, Esplanade Park
Helsinki Day carpet picnic on the Esplanade
Organized in collaboration with Finarte Rugs. Free of charge
 
Tuesday happening, June 16, 1.00 pm–5.00 pm, Re-Creation, Esplanade Park
Mums, dads & kids: Crash course in teepee building
Pick up tips for building your own cosy summer teepee, inside or out, country or city! Workshops begin every hour on the hour. Kids are also invited to take part in our ‘Ideal Cubby House’ drawing competition! The winners will be announced on the Architecture Information Centre’s website: www.archinfo.fi. Visit and pick your favourites. Free of charge.
 
Tuesday happening, June 23, 1.00 pm–5.00 pm, Re-Creation, Esplanade Park
School’s out: Crash course in HUT-BUILDING
Pick up handy tips for building a teepee and other tripod structures, indoor or out, country or city! Workshops kick off at 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm. Pick up a brochure and take part in our ‘Spot our city’s diamonds in the rough’ competition. Free of charge.
 
Tuesday happening, June 30, 1.00 pm–5.00 pm, Re-Creation, Esplanade Park
NONSTOP hut-building workshop
Visit the pavilion, learn some new knot tying techniques, and take part in building an imaginative bamboo hut. What kind of creative structure will emerge by the end of the day? The results will be publicized on the Architecture Information Centre’s website: www.archinfo.fi. Free of charge.
 
Check for further updates
www.recreation.fi
 
For further details and press images
Ilona Hildén, Communications
+358 (0)45 7731 0468
Ilona.hilden@mfa.fi
 
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