EXHIBITION ABROAD: SUOMI SEVEN. EMERGING ARCHITECTS FROM FINLAND

New-generation Finnish architects at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum accompanying the Frankfurt Book Fair September 6, 2014 - January 18, 2015
 
Produced by: Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki; Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt; Architecture Information Centre Finland, Helsinki
 
Finland is the guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Architecture is traditionally featured in the parallel cultural programme of the world’s largest publishing event. This year, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) is co-producing an architecture exhibition with the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre Finland. Suomi Seven. Emerging Architects from Finland will introduce a full line-up of Finland’s most promising up-and-coming architectural talents born in the 1970s and 80s.
 
Despite their young age, these architects in their thirties and forties have already built up an internationally notable portfolio—a key strength in terms of Finland’s future as a nation of architecture. Thanks to Finland’s established tradition of open architectural competitions, many emerging Finnish architects have had the opportunity to work on major projects at a relatively early stage of their professional careers. The future of Finnish architecture now rests in the hands of this rising generation of outgoing, optimistic and globally-networked go-getters.
 
The exhibition was curated by Juulia Kauste, Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of DAM and Anna Scheuermann, DAM freelance curator. Expert input was also provided by Christophe Pourtois (CIVA, Brussels), Ulf Meyer (Taiwan/Berlin) and Tiina Valpola (Architecture Information Centre Finland).
 
The architectural offices selected to feature at the exhibition accompanying the Frankfurt Book Fair were chosen in summer 2013 by Peter Cachola Schmal (DAM), Juulia Kauste and Kristiina Nivari (MFA). A jury convened for a special showing later in autumn 2013 to select one main project from each office and 1–2 other projects to be introduced in brief. External experts Christophe Pourtois and Ulf Meyer were invited to take part in the selection procedure along with the curators. The projects will be presented to the public by the architects themselves during a symposium on the opening day of the exhibition, September 5, 2014.
 
A book about Finland’s emerging architects will be published in English and German by the MFA and DAM in conjunction with the exhibition. The book will feature a selection of expert essays including perspectives from Pourtois and Meyer on the new wave of contemporary Finnish architecture.
 
The following seven practices and projects have been selected
 
ALA Architects Ltd
Juho Grönholm (1975), Antti Nousjoki (1974), Janne Teräsvirta (1975), Samuli
Woolston (1975)
www.ala.fi
Main Project: Performing Arts Centre Kilden, Kristiansand, Norway
Secondary projects: Kuopio Theatre Extension, Kuopio; Helsinki Central Library, Helsinki
 
Anttinen Oiva Architects Ltd
Selina Anttinen (1977), Vesa Oiva (1973)
www.aoa.fi
Main Project: Kaisa House, Helsinki University Library, Helsinki
Secondary project: Wood City, Jätkäsaari, Helsinki
 
Avanto Architects Ltd
Anu Puustinen (1974), Ville Hara (1974)
www.avan.to
Main Project: New Cemetery Chapel of the Church of St. Lawrence, Vantaa
Secondary projects: Kyly Sauna Billnäs, Raasepori; Four Cornered Villa, Virrat
 
Esa Ruskeepää Architects Ltd
Esa Ruskeepää (1980)
www.era.fi
Main Project: Opinmäki International School, Espoo
Secondary projects: Mafoombey Pavilion, Helsinki
 
OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
Anssi Lassila (1973)
www.oopeaa.com
Main Project: Kuokkala Church, Jyväskylä
Secondary projects: Puukuokka Wooden Housing Block, Jyväskylä; Konsthall Tornedalen, Vitsaniemi Övertorneå/ Sweden
 
Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen Ltd
Hilla Rudanko (1987), Anssi Kankkunen (1983)
www.rudanko-kankkunen.com
Main Project: Sra Pou School, Sra Pou, Cambodia
Secondary projects: Sauna, Box, Raasepori; Heikkilä Atelier, Jyväskylä
 
Verstas Architects Ltd
Väinö Nikkilä (1980), Jussi Palva (1974), Riina Palva (1976), Ilkka Salminen (1980)
www.verstasarkkitehdit.fi
Main Project: Saunalahti School, Espoo
Secondary projects: Aalto University Campus, Espoo
 
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For further information and interview requests, please contact
Ilona Hildén, tiedottaja vs.
puh. 045 7731 0468
ilona.hilden@mfa.fi