In March, the small gallery at the Museum of Finnish Architecture showcases the long and triumphant career of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, rightfully regarded as one of the internationally most topical Finnish architectural practice at the moment. The exhibition is titled From Competition to Implementation – Projects 1982–2015 and it does exactly what it says on the tin: reminds of the crucial role of both teamwork and architectural competitions in public building and testifies to the unbelievable success of the office. At one time, Ilmari Lahdelma, Rainer Mahlamäki and their teams seem to have won almost every competition in Finland.
The informal exhibition architecture accords with the hands-on approach of the esteemed and prolific office. As both the number and quality of public buildings by unwaveringly progressive Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects are evident, this retrospective forms an important subtext to the historiography of Finnish architecture. Gladly enough, the hand-drawn sketches from the 1980s and the many scale models on display make this exhibition a joy for any architecture enthusiast.
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki from Competition to Implementation – Projects 1982–2015.
Museum of Finnish Architecture, Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki, 6.3–5.4.2015.