Helsinki is known as a 'city of architecture'. As one of Europe’s youngest capitals, it was first shaped by Neoclassical architecture and later became the world’s largest concentration of Jugendstil buildings and National Romanticism. It was Alvar Aalto, who put Finland’s modern architecture on the world map. Helsinki features several of his masterpieces such as the academic bookstore and Finlandia Hall. Recently, the city experienced a renaissance of wooden architecture (see Kamppi Chapel) as well as major international art centers such as The Kiasma (1998) designed by Steven Holl and the Helsinki Music Centre.
Week 10 has been and gone and with it a flurry of architectural news. Here you can find some of the best stories this week including White Architecture’s big move, Barkow Leibinger’s Berlin complex win, the Utøya memorial and an insightful look at a project in South Africa. Have a great weekend from all here on the arcspace team.
The new sustainable facility features a host of innovative amenities designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue their creativity.
Architect Shao Weiping’s unveiling of the Phoenix International Media Center, which resembles a DNA-like double helix that has been wrapped into a loop, adds a new icon of advanced engineering and parametric design to Beijing’s ever-morphing skyline.
Ah hello again dear arcspace readers! We hope you've had a great week and as ever we have a few stories to take you into the weekend. You'll find an intriguing Casablanca master plan, the ongoing 'architects duty' debate, a ribbon tower with a twist and a hit of Scandinavian insights. Enjoy!