A Century of Hospitals – Paatela Architects
Small exhibition hall, 5.12.2018–24.2.2019

Veli Paatela: Neurosurgery Clinic, Helsinki 1957. image: MFA/Pentti Ingervo 

The Museum of Finnish Architecture will host an exhibition featuring the work of the Paatela family. The story of the Paatela family is an unusual one, offering a rare example of a family-run firm that has been active for over a century. The firm is known especially for its accomplishments in hospital architecture.
The Museum of Finnish Architecture pays tribute to Paatela Architects’ long-term contribution to the evolution of Finnish hospital architecture by presenting a series of their key projects in Finland, along with a sample of their international exports. The exhibition was curated by our Head of Research, Juhana Lahti and our Head of Archives Elina Standertskjöld, with expert input from architect Mikael Paatela. The Paatela family donated the firm’s archives to our museum in 2014. This significant donation comprises original drawings, scale models and – for the first time ever in such a collection – digital material. Read more

The Suur-Merijoki Manor – a Jugend Jewel
Large exhibition hall 5.3.–8.9.2019

Gesellius, Lindgren, Saarinen / Eliel Saarinen: the Suur-Merijoki manor, library, 1903, VyborgOrig. Arkkitehtuurimuseo/MFA

The Suur-Merijoki manor is the star of an exhibition opening at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in March 2019. It shows visitors the story of the manor and its unique objects: furniture, decorative items, sculptures, architectural plans, and photographs from the collections both of museums in Tampere and elsewhere and of private individuals.
Designed by the Gesellius, Lindgren, Saarinen architectural office, the Suur-Merijoki manor, in the rural area of Vyborg, was a jewel of Art Nouveau architecture and the most public home of its time in Finland.