Biennial review

The Biennial Review of Finnish Architecture for 2016 highlights bold new ideas and experimental architecture.

It presents 15 jury-selected projects completed between July 2013 and June 2015. Three of the most accomplished projects will be spotlighted in detail: The Opinmäki School and Learning Centre (Espoo 2015), the Puukuokka Housing Block (Jyväskylä 2014) and the Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion (Mänttä 2014).

The 2016 review highlights a number of interesting new inroads in housing development. Finnish restoration expertise is also well-represented among the topical selection of projects.

The jury was chaired by Ole Bouman, an internationally renowned Dutch architecture curator, polemic commentator and founding director of Design Society, an initiative due to open in Shenzhen in 2017. His fellow jury members were Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen, senior architect in the Department of Cultural Environment Protection at the National Board of Antiquities and architect Hilla Rudanko. Expert input was provided by Helena Soimakallio from the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers.

The projects are presented through photographs, drawings and scale models. A video has also been made of each project. The exhibition was designed by architect Philip Tidwell and the videos were produced by journalist Jonni Roos and cinematographer Raimo Uunila.

Continuing a tradition that began in the 1950s
The Biennial Review highlights interesting examples of contemporary Finnish design, aiming to stimulate discussion on topical themes in architecture. It is targeted at both Finnish and international audiences. Similar architectural reviews have been organized since the 1950s. Over the years they have acquired special historical value, as their content reveals the value and expectations surrounding architecture in different eras.

The review is organized by the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA.

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