Sanaksenaho Architects: Sculptural Architecture
Exhibition 16 Aug –2 Sept, 2018
The architect and professor couple, Matti and Pirjo Sanaksenaho, founded their architectural practice 25 years ago, since they both graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1993. At the time, Matti Sanaksenaho already had achieved fame together with the group Monark with their winning entry in the 1989 competition for the Finnish Pavilion in Seville World Expo. The sculptural pavilion was awarded Best Pavilion of EXPO ’92.
Even today, sculptural formgiving is elementary in the architecture of Sanaksenaho Architects, as is empathetic understanding of a person’s experience in a building, dialogue with the building’s surroundings, unified materiality, and the use of natural materials that will patinate with time. According to the architects, architecture has points of resemblance to minimalistic sculpture.
The exhibition at Galleria 68 features six buildings – St Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel in Turku, Finland from 2005 and CIPEA Villa in Nanjing, China from 2015 among them – and project scale models.