The summer exhibition 2010 at the Museum of Finnish Architecture displayed a number of future classics – a selection of works by Finnish architects from 2008 and 2009. While the works represent different approaches and various architectural languages, they share a carefully considered relation to context in terms of culture, time and place. Included are buildings for living, office work, day care, education, culture and production, and urban schemes. After the presentation in Helsinki the exhibition tours internationally.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book published in English, Finnish Architeture 0809, which in addition to project presentations includes writings from experts and persons interested in architecture as well as catalogues of events. The writers are Heikki Aitoaho, Selina Anttinen and Johan Celsing (selectors of the works displayed), Peter MacKeith (architect, USA), Matti Kalliokoski (editor of the Ilkka newspaper) Tomi Kontio (poet and writer). For sale at the museum bookshop starting from 8 June for EUR 25.

The biennial surveys of Finnish architecture were started in 2004, the current survey being the fourth. This time the jury consisted of architects Selina Anttinen (chair), Heikki Aitoaho and Johan Celsing (Sweden), with Tapio Aho, M.Sc. Tech., as counselling advisor. The organisers of the biennial surveys are the Alvar Aalto Academy, the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Further information on the biennial surveys

They rise out of the forest like enormous white teeth, with nothing natural about them. Yet they seem to grow as the sun goes down and casts a wedge of light on their sides. Inside the sand and cement, the steel arteries recall for a moment the forges of their youth, and the quartz of the windows absorbs the silhouettes of the pine tree tops into its cold mirrors. Behind the glass live flesh and fear. Over there is my window, my room, my family. That’s my ghost drifting from kitchen to living room, saying, doing, wanting. Food for children, flesh for husband, images for me. The involuntary organ of my heart pumps blood into my veins, letters and words of blood, absurd sentences of blood into my brain, lungs, kidneys, liver and the exclamation mark between my legs. I spend my nights in a tooth that bites a hole in the sky.
Tomi Kontio. Extract from the book Finnish Architecture 0809

Pasila Machine Workshop Area Blocks of Flats, Helsinki. Architects NRT Ltd • Blocks of Flats in Myllypuro, Helsinki. A6 Architects • Oscar Block of Flats, Helsinki. Tuomo Siitonen Architects • Terraced Housing in Vuosaari, Helsinki. Kirsi Korhonen and Mika Penttinen Architects • Villa Laulumaa, Oulainen. Anna and Lauri Louekari Architects • Anttolanhovi Lakeside Villas and Hillside Villas, Mikkeli. Emma Johansson Architects; Timo Leiviskä Architects • Villa Mecklin, Naantali. Huttunen–Lipasti–Pakkanen Architects • Loft G, Helsinki. ALA Architects Ltd • Kyly Sauna, Raseborg. Avanto Architects Ltd • Ajurinmäki Day-Care Centre, Espoo. AFKS • Tuomarila Day-Care Centre, Espoo. Auer & Sandås Architects ltd • Swedish School of Social Science, Conversion and New Building, Helsinki. Juha Leiviskä, Jari Heikkinen • Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka. Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects • Helsinki Seafarers’ Centre. Ark-House Architects ltd • Provincial Archives, Hämeenlinna. Heikkinen–Komonen Architects • Oulu City Offices. Sarc Architects Ltd • Salmisaari Detail Plan and Cityscape Plan, Helsinki. Helsinki City Plannig Department; B & M Architects Ltd and WSP Finland • Varma Offices, Helsinki. Tuomo Siitonen Architects • Salmisaarenaukio 1 Offices, Helsinki. Helin & Co Architects • National Board of Education, Renovation, Helsinki. Sarc Architects Ltd • Pori City Hall Restoration. Vilhelm Helander, Tytti Valto • Paulig Roastery, Helsinki. Tommila Architects Ltd • Finnish Wooden Boat Centre, Kotka. Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects • Open-Air Museum Conservation Centre, Helsinki. Häkli Architects • 110 kV Switching Substation, Helsinki. K2S Architects Ltd • Ekenäs Harbour Area, Raseborg. B&M Architects Ltd; WSP Finland Ltd

Pasila Machine Workshop Area Blocks of Flats, Helsinki Architects NRT Ltd
Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Helsinki Seafarers' Centre
Ark-House Architects
Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Tuomarila Day-Care Centre, Espoo
Auer & Sandås Architects ltd
Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Kyly Sauna, Raseborg
Avanto Architects Ltd
Photo: Kai Kuusisto