Archinect - News 2015-09-02T09:13:50-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130426596/archinect-s-lexicon-sisu Archinect's Lexicon: "Sisu" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-26T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:47:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7h/7httretbbf97bku7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>"Sisu"</strong>&nbsp;is a Finnish word, describing a trait with no precise English translation, but conveyed through the following qualities: stoic determination, bravery, guts, resilience, perseverance and hardiness. It is a quality strongly associated with Finnish identity, from a history of being bullied geopolitically by neighbors Russia and Sweden, and the paralyzingly cold, dark winters. According to its robust English-language Wikipedia entry, "<em>Sisu</em> is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is <em>Sisu</em>. It is similar to equanimity,&nbsp;with the addition of a grim quality of stress management."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7o/7o2lltbogwluieur.jpg"></p><p>I first came across "sisu" in the <a href="http://freecooperunion.org/disorientation/glossary/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glossary</a> on <a href="http://freecooperunion.org/disorientation/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free Cooper Union's website</a>, a compendium resource of the <a href="http://Cooper%20Union%20graduates%20stage%20tuition%20protest%20at%20Commencement%20ceremony" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protest movement</a> against the school's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90935135/cooper-union-board-votes-for-tuition-to-begin-fall-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">decision to begin charging tuition</a>. The "sisu" entry is accompanied by a definition adapted from Wikipedia, and wh...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130277836/who-are-helsinki-guggenheim-winners-nicolas-moreau-and-hiroko-kusunoki Who are Helsinki Guggenheim winners Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T09:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-12T03:32:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2cwqenb1adfa4zx5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before yesterday's announcement that <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82586027/moreau-kusunoki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a> had won the highly contentious and big-budget Guggenheim Helsinki competition, the firm wasn't much used to the spotlight. Querying Google Trends for "Moreau Kusunoki" preceding the Guggenheim news, the firm barely blips twice since the husband-wife duo, Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki, began their practice in 2011. Before now, the highest instance of search traffic was in December of 2014, when the six finalists for the competition <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115035092/the-six-guggenheim-helsinki-finalists-are-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">were announced</a>. Their website's "info" section currently includes only contact information.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6p3vnwmy11tkfbyw.jpg"></p><p>After having won such a high-profile competition, the firm had to make some kind of statement of its architectural perspective, and revealed&nbsp;that their media silence was highly intentional, as "architecture is best conceived in reserve and introspection, which are favorable to the emergence of poetic visions." Or at least so states their firm bio, released as part of the press packet for the Guggen...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki A black museum for "The White City of the North": Moreau Kusunoki Architectes selected to design Guggenheim Helsinki Archinect 2015-06-23T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:53:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6cvceat3v3smseof.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One year and 1,715 entries later, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/386053/guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition</a>&nbsp;has selected&nbsp;Paris-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82586027/moreau-kusunoki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a>&nbsp;as the grand-prize winners today for their design, "Art in the City". In recent years, the Foundation's plans for building a new Guggenheim in Helsinki prompted lively debate among local residents and architects worldwide alike, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108582827/the-next-helsinki-counter-competition-launches-in-response-to-guggenheim-helsinki-controversy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the launch</a> of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/500199/the-next-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Helsinki counter-competition</a> that wondered whether Helsinki even needs a Guggenheim Museum.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/90/90kqzdt5pu25rqa9.jpg"></p><p>But just like the whirlwind of discussions around the project, the competition itself is just as memorable: Stage One reeled in an astounding <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111893104/what-do-you-think-of-the-guggenheim-helsinki-stage-one-entries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1,715 anonymously submitted entries</a> from around the world last fall, attracting a variety of designs ranging from the safer-yet-promising to the bolder-but-downright wacky. By the start of Stage Two this past January, only <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115035092/the-six-guggenheim-helsinki-finalists-are-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">six teams</a> &ndash; whose team names remained unidentified &ndash; made the cut. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117982575/guggenheim-helsinki-finalists-begin-last-leg-of-the-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over the following months</a>, each finalist team received additional briefing to deve...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126303154/get-a-glimpse-of-the-guggenheim-helsinki-stage-two-finalist-proposals Get a glimpse of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage Two finalist proposals Justine Testado 2015-04-27T20:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T23:01:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bw/bwufdg7b4wl5nbf8.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The big announcement of the winning <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/386053/guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki</a> concept is only weeks away, so start making those predictions now. In the meantime, the Stage Two proposals of the six finalists have been revealed.</p><p>Throughout Stage Two, the teams worked on further developing their initial concepts for final submission. On that note, the finalist teams are AGPS Architecture Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland; Los Angeles, USA); Asif Khan Ltd. (London, United Kingdom); Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, USA; Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia); Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany); Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Paris, France); and SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain; Western Australia).</p><p>Although the teams have been named, they'll remain unmatched to their Guggenheim Helsinki proposals until the winning announcement in June. Check out the proposals below:</p><p>&darr; <a href="http://designguggenheimhelsinki.org/images/static/stage-two-submission/3-pdfs/GH-121371443.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-121371443</strong></a> (concept boards)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2g7byz41zg0ba5t3.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <a href="http://designguggenheimhelsinki.org/images/static/stage-two-submission/3-pdfs/GH-76091181.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-76091181</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3m/3mleaadokgwja059.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9v6gjhg74uqoeanc.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong><a href="http://designguggenheimhelsinki.org/images/static/stage-two-submission/3-pdfs/GH-5631681770.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GH-5631681770 </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t8/t8j9ay8l80znwq5r.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjvfcfk6ny7jt50f.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <a href="http://designguggenheimhelsinki.org/images/static/stage-two-submission/3-pdfs/GH-5059206475.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-5059206475</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1g/1guaga0ljjj2x2gr.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o8/o8lykcpj0tg0gb7w.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <a href="http://designguggenheimhelsinki.org/images/static/stage-two-submission/3-pdfs/GH-1128435973.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-1128435973 </strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hkkkgtgf3t6tqmmd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/ao65iyb791eck0wb.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <a href="http://designguggenheimhelsinki.org/images/static/stage-two-submission/3-pdfs/GH-04380895.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-04380895</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r1/r1n9dfk3o52y2k7q.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qa/qa641ucf7dope1mw.jpg"></p><p>This past January,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125833259/the-next-helsinki-shortlist-demonstrates-that-a-new-guggenheim-isn-t-the-only-option The Next Helsinki shortlist demonstrates that a new Guggenheim isn't the only option Justine Testado 2015-04-21T18:02:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T20:48:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g1/g1a8d9cp4ol1rrc2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The controversy surrounding the Guggenheim Helsinki has made the project a hot topic in recent years. While the large response to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/386053/guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition</a> is already widely known, is a new Guggenheim Museum truly what Helsinki needs? This is the burning question of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108582827/the-next-helsinki-counter-competition-launches-in-response-to-guggenheim-helsinki-controversy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Next Helsinki counter-competition</a> organizers, who describe the Guggenheim franchise as "the cultural equivalent of Starbucks". Organized by <a href="http://www.checkpointhelsinki.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Checkpoint Helsinki</a>, <a href="http://terreform.info/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Terreform</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://gulflabor.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G.U.L.F.</a> (Global Ultra Luxury Faction), architects, designers, urbanists, and environmentalists worldwide submitted their alternative ideas on how the site can be transformed to best meet Helsinki's cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ev/evdxelav1cm4ie93.jpg"></p><p>The call for ideas drew in 217 international entries from 40 countries on five continents, according to architect <a href="http://www.sorkinstudio.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Sorkin</a>, who chaired the jury. In the end, the jury shortlisted eight entries they deemed as outstanding ideas -- which are not necessarily refined and final proposals. (...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117982575/guggenheim-helsinki-finalists-begin-last-leg-of-the-competition Guggenheim Helsinki finalists begin last leg of the competition Justine Testado 2015-01-12T02:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T09:44:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osg3e7mco13v835r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The six Guggenheim Helsinki finalists <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115035092/the-six-guggenheim-helsinki-finalists-are-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted early last month</a> will begin Stage Two of the highly debated competition with a visit to the museum site in Helsinki from January 14-16 as they start further development on their current proposals for final submission this April.</p><p>The names of the finalists have been revealed, but will not be matched to their proposals until the winner is announced in June 2015. The winning team will receive a prize of &euro;100,000 (approx. US$136,000), while each runner-up will receive&nbsp;&euro;55,000 (approx. US$75,000)</p><p>The finalists are:</p><ul><li>AGPS Architecture Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland; Los Angeles, USA)</li><li>Asif Khan Ltd. (London, United Kingdom)</li><li>Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, USA; Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia)</li><li>Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany)</li><li>Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Paris, France)</li><li>SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain; Western Australia)</li></ul><p>During the two-day visit, finalists will meet with the competition jury and Guggenheim Foun...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117207893/archinect-project-collections-presents-your-guggenheim-helsinki-proposals Archinect Project Collections presents your Guggenheim Helsinki proposals! Archinect 2014-12-30T19:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:23:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3dwc54kuypn8k6b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One of 2014's most popular news item was the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111893104/what-do-you-think-of-the-guggenheim-helsinki-stage-one-entries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement of Stage One</a> of the not uncontroversial Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.</p><p>With a mind-boggling pool of over 1,700 Stage One entries (and one Idaho potato) from 77 countries, it's tough to grant each proposal an appropriate platform and audience&nbsp;&mdash; so we created a new exciting Archinect feature: <em>Project Collections</em>!</p><p>Over the past few weeks, many of you had already followed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115597776/bustler-s-call-for-entries-share-your-guggenheim-helsinki-stage-one-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our call</a> to share your own submissions as project posts directly on your Archinect people or firm profiles, and Project Collections has them now all accessible in one handy <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/projects/tag/540328/guggenheim-helsinki/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki list</a></strong>.</p><p>Haven't submitted your entry yet? Worry not&nbsp;&mdash; the collection is an ongoing effort and new matches are constantly being added to the list.</p><p><strong>TO SHARE YOUR GUGGENHEIM HELSINKI SUBMISSION: </strong></p><p>Simply submit your entries as <em>project</em> posts to your Archinect profile. Don't have a profile yet? Click <a href="http://archinect.com/add_firm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> if you're a firm, or <a href="http://archinect.com/add_portfolio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> if you're an individual.</p><p>We're adding entries t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112893576/restoration-of-alvar-aalto-s-viipuri-library-wins-2014-world-monuments-fund-knoll-modernism-prize Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-04T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:07:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtxz82zi1sllo764.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg recently won the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoring Alvar Aalto's historic Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. Established in 2008, the prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The biennial Knoll Prize will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on December 1, followed by a free public lecture from the winners. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000 and a limited edition Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Chair from Knoll.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sj98k95sf36axmgl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1eah9hpehk5h9eoe.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5y81crugnpkk34y.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c68rt66c2qy2l3fx.jpg"></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bh/bhruiphwrt3zibc6.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/restoration_of_alvar_aaltos_viipuri_library_wins_2014_world_monuments_fund_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111893104/what-do-you-think-of-the-guggenheim-helsinki-stage-one-entries What do you think of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage One entries? Justine Testado 2014-10-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2014-11-03T13:31:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/whhus18lrsro0tpa.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition reeled in a whopping 1,715 entries from 77 countries. Although the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation officially launched the competition this past summer, the idea of proposing a new Guggenheim Museum for the city of Helsinki has already stirred plenty of debate...Most of the entries received were from the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, and of course, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We picked out a few fairly promising submissions and more, uh, interesting ones.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n6np6vlizswom0m8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rqt06okk0jjqgabi.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/dj5qptlg38tw3pgy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5g/5ggbx1q1mp970mh6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gczdsnga38tsrds9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gp/gp6js58dsiro6exi.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yujwtjpf2nww4wg3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7q8mby9rt951syl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/unwmr0cbp0ckv6t1.jpg"></p><p>Check out more of our picks and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/what_do_you_think_of_the_guggenheim_helsinki_stage_one_entries/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108582827/the-next-helsinki-counter-competition-launches-in-response-to-guggenheim-helsinki-controversy The Next Helsinki counter-competition launches in response to Guggenheim Helsinki controversy Justine Testado 2014-09-09T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qcna17w27zigz7xz.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the same day that Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition will conclude, The Next Helsinki is launching their own international call for alternative solutions to attract the best ideas that they believe would better meet the needs and enhance the city of Helsinki, Finland. Launched by a group of independent arts organizations and chaired by Michael Sorkin, The Next Helsinki bluntly addresses the controversy that the Guggenheim Helsinki competition has sparked [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below is <em>The Next Helsinki</em> announcement:</p><p>"Coinciding with the end of the official competition for the design of the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki, a group of independent arts organizations has issued a call for submissions for alternative ideas. This competition&mdash;titled The Next Helsinki&mdash;is designed to attract innovative ideas about how to more fully meet the city&rsquo;s cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.</p><p>Following the success of the Guggenheim Bilbao in transforming that region&rsquo;s tourist economy, many city managers have been seduced by the fantasy that a high-concept museum, designed by a starchitect, will turn around its urban fortunes in a similar way. Advocates of this branding formula see Helsinki as an ideal candidate for a new Guggenheim franchise. Yet the proposal has generated a surprisingly heated public debate among Finland&rsquo;s citizenry, with pro and anti-Guggenheim sentiment running high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Next Helsinki competition aims to elevate the debate by giving voice to b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104244523/helsinki-divided-on-plan-for-a-guggenheim-satellite Helsinki Divided on Plan for a Guggenheim Satellite Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T18:46:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7a22485ef58b831d91c0afbad306d3b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City boosters in this Nordic capital dream of a Guggenheim museum of Finnish wood rising near the Baltic Sea and one day drawing millions of tourists and cruise passengers. But the huge costs of the proposed development are stirring a backlash here against an institution that is ordinarily accustomed to eager suitors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91148304/helsinki-city-council-reserves-plot-for-guggenheim" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki city council reserves plot for Guggenheim</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103093761/gaud-s-uncompleted-masterpiece-will-finally-be-finished-in-ice Gaudí’s uncompleted masterpiece will finally be finished—in ice Alexander Walter 2014-06-30T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T13:57:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f5bf0116cfe2a91583ec8337a869c36.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of students at the Eindhoven University of Technology are trying to build a new, temporary version of the monumental church well before then, but with some notable differences. At just over 123 feet tall, their Sagrada Familia will be a 1:4 model of the original. It will be erected on a site in Finland, almost 2,000 miles north of Barcelona. It will take them three weeks to build it this winter, rather than a century. And instead of stone, it will be constructed out of ice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98971185/department-of-state-and-finnish-officials-dedicate-renovated-u-s-embassy-in-helsinki Department of State and Finnish officials dedicate renovated U.S. Embassy in Helsinki Justine Testado 2014-04-30T20:35:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:33:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bp/bpmgg8a7h8dn4v2l.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>U.S. Department of State, OBO, and local Finnish officials hosted the dedication ceremony for the new campus of the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland today. Located in the same 3-acre site since the 1930s in the Kaivopuisto District in downtown Helsinki, the $114 million project had Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, CA as design architect; PAGE of Arlington, VA as architect of record; and BL Harbert International LLC from Birmingham for construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zz/zzqbaqqfd19r25jl.jpg"></p><p>Started in November 2011, the three-phase project consisted of renovating existing spaces and adding new facilities to enrich the campus. The transformation of the existing office annex into the new Innovation Center finished in January 2013 while completion of the new chancery in phase two happened this past February. If all continues to go well, the existing chancery and ambassador's residence will be renovated by this December.</p><p>Finnish cultural references in the new Embassy's aesthetics include the permanent art collection and the ne...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91148304/helsinki-city-council-reserves-plot-for-guggenheim Helsinki city council reserves plot for Guggenheim Alexander Walter 2014-01-13T15:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:01:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f9934c4c195e3374612d13eaf5da385.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that Helsinki has decided to reserve a plot in the South Harbour, the Guggenheim Foundation can organize and fund an international architecture competition for a potential Helsinki museum location.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/34031950/another-step-toward-a-guggenheim-in-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Step Toward a Guggenheim in Helsinki</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77844999/verstas-architects-saunalahti-school-exemplifies-finnish-school-architecture VERSTAS Architects’ Saunalahti School Exemplifies Finnish School Architecture Alexander Walter 2013-07-24T19:07:00-04:00 >2013-07-25T02:18:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p3/p32n5vfhx4aw8gca.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Helsinki-based VERSTAS Architects has shared with us the beautiful Saunalahti Comprehensive School project in Espoo, Finland's second largest city. The school building, completed last fall, was the result of an open architecture competition in 2007 which VERSTAS Architects won.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>At the core of the design process for Saunalahti School stood the question of, primarily, how the physical school environment effects the learning results, and secondly, if a school building could also serve the larger audience as well. &ndash; Crucial thoughts considering the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programme_for_International_Student_Assessment#Results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">continuously highest ranking</a> of Finnish education in international comparison.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68070531/architects-rudanko-kankkunen-wins-purchase-in-aurinkokivi-school-competition Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen Wins Purchase in Aurinkokivi School Competition Alexander Walter 2013-02-21T20:43:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T05:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zdcihpz6g5h41xdc.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Helsinki-based duo Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen has sent us their entry in the architectural competition for a future school concept in Vantaa, Finland. The design proposal for Vantaa's Aurinkokivi area was awarded a purchase prize for its inspiring architecture and child-friendly spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34031950/another-step-toward-a-guggenheim-in-helsinki Another Step Toward a Guggenheim in Helsinki Archinect 2012-01-10T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T15:34:26-05:00 <em><p>The results are in from a yearlong feasibility study commissioned by the City of Helsinki and undertaken by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to examine the possibility of building a new Guggenheim Museum in Finland. The study concluded that yes, such a project would significantly boost Helsinki&rsquo;s efforts to become a cultural capital.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30707241/big-to-design-ski-resort-in-lapland BIG to Design Ski Resort in Lapland Alexander Walter 2011-12-12T18:56:32-05:00 >2011-12-16T10:27:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pi3v6vgd46iudfmc.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG has just been announced winning an invited competition for Koutalaki Ski Village, a 47,000 m2 ski resort and recreational area in Levi, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/17140563/serlachius-art-museum-g-sta-proposal-by-eero-lunden-studio-eric-tan-of-pinkcloud-dk Serlachius Art Museum Gösta Proposal by Eero Lunden Studio + Eric Tan of PinkCloud.DK Archinect 2011-08-17T01:49:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T17:58:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r9/r91qr8qmo152anso.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eero Lunden Studio from Helsinki, Finland and Eric Tan of Danish firm PinkCloud.DK have sent us their collaborative entry to the Serlachius Art Museum G&ouml;sta design competition in M&auml;ntt&auml;, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/16494487/church-invests-in-modern-architecture Church invests in modern architecture Archinect 2011-08-11T11:37:31-04:00 >2011-08-11T12:17:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59693664cedbfc598e5a4e9b2789a813.jpg" width="479" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chapel of St. Lawrence in Vantaa and the famous Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki are both results of architectural competitions. The competition system has brought around a hundred church buildings to Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/11395951/serlachius-art-museum-g-sta-proposal-by-maca Serlachius Art Museum Gösta Proposal by MACA Alexander Walter 2011-06-27T14:24:03-04:00 >2011-06-28T05:12:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gq/gq7qeejfqch074ib.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young, Madrid-based architecture office MACA has shared with us their entry to the international design contest for the extension to the Serlachius Art Museum G&ouml;sta in M&auml;ntt&auml;, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See more of MACA's work <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/projects/11076659/maca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>