Venice Biennale: Opening of the Nordic Pavilion

Encounters in Venice: multiple of the Finnish architects included in the Nordic Pavilion’s exhibition were present for the opening on Thursday 26th of May. Finland has a strong presence in the In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face -exhibition with four projects presented in depth and 46 other projects included in the In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face –exhibition. This years exhibition is comissioned by ArkDes – the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in collaboration between Museum of Finnish Architecture and Norway’s National Museum’s Department of Architecture.

The core team behind the exhibition, comissioner Karin Åberg Waern, curator David Basulto from Archdaily and assistant curator James Taylor Foster spoke of the themes of the exhibition earlier for short video interviews.

Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic


Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic

Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic
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Rainer Mahlamäki & Ilmari Lahdelma from Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic
Asko Takala from Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects.
Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic
Teemu Hirvilammi from Hirvilammi Architects.
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Anssi Lassila from OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic
Veikko Ojanlatva and Tuukka Vuori from Playa Architects
Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic
Juha Kämäräinen from Portaali Architects & ArkOpen
Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic
Antti Nousjoki, Samuli Woolston and Juho Grönholm from ALA Architects
Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic
Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Wood Program: Säie pavilion, 2015

Venice Biennale 2016 Nordic


Four projects by Finnish architecture firms selected for the in-depth presentation:

  • Puukuokka Housing Block in Jyväskylä, Finland (2014) by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture;
  • Finnish Nature Centre Haltia in Espoo, Finland (2013) by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects;
  • Seinäjoki City Library in Seinäjoki, Finland (2012) by JKMM Architects; and
  • Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway (2011) by ALA Architects.

46 projects included in the exhibition:

  • Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Wood Program: Luukku House, 2010
  • Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Wood Program: World Design Capital pavilion, 2012
  • Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Wood Program: Säie pavilion, 2015
  • ALA Architects: Kuopio Theatre Renovation & Expansion, 2014
  • ALA Architects: Lappeenranta theatre
  • alt Arkkitehdit Oy & Arkkitehtitoimisto Karsikas Oy: Ruukki health care centre, 2014
  • alt Arkkitehdit Oy & Arkkitehtitoimisto Karsikas Oy: Niemenranta school centre, 2012
  • Anttinen Oiva: Kaisa library, 2012
  • Avanto Architects: Chapel of St. Lawrence, 2010
  • B & M Architects: Kehärata railway stations (Kivistö, Leinelä, Vantaankoski), 2015
  • Casagrande laboratory: Apelle, 2013
  • Casagrande laboratory & Hans-Petter Bjørnådal (FI/NO): Nomad City, 2012
  • Heikkinen-Komonen Architects: Hämeenlinna provincial archive, 2009
  • Heikkinen-Komonen Architects: Savonlinna main library, 2013
  • Helin & Co Architects: Villa Krona, 2010
  • Helin & Co Architects: Metsä Wood Group and MELA headquarters, 2012
  • Hirvilammi Architects: A’ House, 2014
  • JKMM Architects: Saunalahti children’s house, 2011
  • JKMM Architects: OP financial group’s headquarters, 2015
  • JKMM Architects: Lahti travel centre, 2016
  • K2S Architects: Kamppi chapel of silence, 2012
  • K2S Architects: Arctia headquarters, 2013
  • K2S Architects: Hotel Paasitorni, 2012
  • Anssi Lassila: Sauna Tonttu, 2010
  • MX_SI (ES) & Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects (FI): Serlachius Art Museum / Gösta’s pavilion, 2014
  • OOPEAA: House Riihi, 2010
  • OOPEAA: Kuokkala church, 2010
  • PES-Architects: Kehärata railway stations (Aviapolis, Helsinki-Vantaa airport, Ruskearanta, Viinikkala), 2015
  • Playa Architects: Mårtensbro school, 2012
  • Playa Architects: Kotisaarenkatu housing, 2013
  • Playa Architects: Kettukallio, 2009
  • Portaali Architects & ArkOpen: Kalasatama townhouses, 2014
  • Rintala Eggertsson Architects (FI/NO): Arboretum, 2013
  • Rintala Eggertsson Architects (FI/NO): Filter, 2013
  • Rintala Eggertsson Architects (FI/NO): Høse Bridge, 2013
  • Rintala Eggertsson Architects (FI/NO): Seljord Watchtower, 2013
  • Talli Ltd: Tila housing block, 2010
  • Talli Ltd: Café Birgitta, 2014
  • Tuomas Siitonen: House M-M, 2013
  • Tuomas Siitonen: Sauna V, 2015
  • Tuomo Siitonen Architects: Helsinki courthouse, 2010
  • Tuomo Siitonen Architects: Smoke Sauna Joensuu, 2015
  • Architect Office L&M Sievänen Ltd: Onni wellness centre, 2008
  • Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects: Harjunkulma housing block, 2014
  • Verstas Architects: Saunalahti school, 2012
  • Verstas Architects: Kirkkojärvi school, 2010

The full listing of the 300 projects selected to the exhibition is available as a pdf file here.