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post updated 24 October 2021

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Buildings in Finland

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Finnish Architecture. We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Finland. The focus is on contemporary Finnish buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

We have 3 pages of Finnish Architecture selections.

Finnish Architecture : news + key projects (this page)

Finnish Buildings : A- J

Buildings in Finland – K-Z

Finnish Architecture – Latest Designs

Architecture in Finland News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Seinäjoki Library Building, northern Finland
Design: JKMM Architects
Seinäjoki Library Building
photograph © Mika Huisman
The key point of reference for the new library design was its location in the valuable environment of the civic centre created by Aalto – a masterpiece of modern architecture. The aim was to initiate a dialogue between the new and the old part.

Apelle : House in Karjaa, south west Finland
Design: Marco Casagrande / C-LAB
Karjaa House Contemporary Finnish House
photo from C-LAB
House in Karjaa – 23 May 2013
Apelle is a wooden one family house located in Karjaa – Finland. The building rests in a natural harbor like a boat in a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. The interior space of Apelle is a continuous tube that grows gradually along the house and through the main opening and terrace into the forest.

The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos, Finnish Lapland
Design: Halo Arkkitehdit
Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos Finland
photograph : Mika Huisman
Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos – 29 Mar 2013
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos is located in northern part of Finnish Lapland, in village of Inari. Sajos is the centre of culture and administration for the Sami, the only indigenous people in EU. The building creates better possibilities for the Sami in Finland to preserve and develop their own language, culture and business.

Central Library Helsinki Building – Finnish Architecture Contest entry
Design: dINKOFF Architects & Engineers, Los Angeles
Pinewood Library Helsinki
image from architects office
Central Library Helsinki Building – 3 Jan 2013
Design proposal ‘BIBLIO-Centrum’ is intended to be a center of diverse cultural and intellectual activities, a congregating point for people with a thirst for knowledge.

Tampere Waterfront Development, central Finland
Design: BIG
Finnish Waterfront Development
picture from architect
Tampere Waterfront Buildings – 8 May 2012
BIG wins the competition to revitalize the city center of the third largest city in Finland.
The invited design contest calls for a strong architectural master plan, comprising residential, commercial and cultural programme, forming a new urban area around the existing Ratina sports stadium in one of the most rapidly developing regions in Finland. BIG is selected as a winner of the competition by Finnish developers Rakennustomisto Pohjola & YH-Länsi, among proposals from Swedish Wingårdhs, German Behnisch Partner and Finnish JKMM.

Helsinki Architecture Walking Tours by e-architect
Helsinki Station Building
photo : City of Helsinki

Finnish Architecture Design Contests

SAFA Architecture Competition – Otaniemi Central Campus
Aalto University Properties Ltd organised an open international competition for the design of the Otaniemi central campus area. The competition was divided into two phases.
This Finnish Architecture Competition can be entered by persons who have the right to practice architect’s profession in the country where they qualified or in the country where they practice the profession. The total prize sum was EUR 300,000.

The Bullhorn Design Competition
Finnish Design Competition
picture from Cembrit
Finnish Design Competition

Recent Finnish Buildings

Four-cornered villa, Virrat, central Finland
Design: Avanto Architects
Four-cornered villa Finland
photo :
Four-cornered villa
This building is a sustainable country cottage. The cross like shape of this simple villa reaches towards four very different views. The space is open and defined at the same time. The exterior is treated black and to contrast the interior is very light. The building is insulated well and heated by wood from own forest only.

Ski Resort Levi
Design: BIG
Koutalaki Ski Village Lapland
image from architects
Lapland Ski Resort
The future Ski Village will transform the existing Levi ski resort into a world class destination, offering top quality accommodation and leisure services for skiers of all levels and demands. The proximity to the Kittilä airport ensures easy access to the resort attracting international visitors to Levi village and the whole Lapland region.

Chapel of St.Lawrence, Vantaa
Design: Avanto Arkkitehdit Ltd
Pyhän Laurin kappeli Finland
photo :
Chapel of St Lawrence
Winner of the European Copper in Architecture Awards
This dedicated cemetery chapel aims to reconcile the emotional needs of mourners with the pragmatic demands of funerals. The building uses similar materials to the old structures in the area and the roof is patinated copper, like the roof of the old church.

Finnish Buildings

E2 Competition, Kouvola
Design: BIG+ others
E2 Competition Finland
image from architects studio
E2 Competition Finland

Hanko Ice Cream Kiosk, Helsinki
Wood program 2007: Satoshi Ohtaki et al
Hanko Ice Cream Kiosk
picture from architect practice
Hanko Ice Cream Kiosk

Hollola Library
Design: Arkkitehdit NRT
Hollola Library
image from architecture firm
Hollola Library

Kamppi chapel of silence, Helsinki
K2S Architects
Kamppi chapel Helsinki - Finnish Architecture
render from architect office
Kamppi Chapel

Kiasma Art Museum, Helsinki
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Kiasma Art Museum
drawing Courtesy Steven Holl
Finnish Modern Art Gallery

Kuokkala Church, Jyväskylä
Lassila Hirvilammi Architects
Kuokkala Church Building
photograph : Jussi Tianen / Mikko Auerniitty
Kuokkala Church

Kupla, Helsinki
Ville Hara / Wood Studio workshop
Kupla Building
photo : Jussi Tiainen

Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka
Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
Maritime Centre Vellamo - Finnish Architecture
photograph : Timo Vesterinen
Maritime Centre Vellamo

Olavinlinna Castle project, Savonlinna
ARK-house Architects
Olavinlinna Castle Canopy
image from architect
Olavinlinna Castle

Sauna Kyly
Avanto Architects
Sauna Kyly - New Finnish Architecture
photo : Kai Kuusisto
Sauna Kyly

Tropaion Helsinki
ALA Architects
Tropaion Helsinki - Finnish Architecture
picture from architect
Tropaion Helsinki

Turku City Library
Turku Library
photo : Arno de la Chapelle
Turku City Library Building

University of Helsinki City Campus Library
Anttinen Oiva arkkitehdit Oy – aoa
University of Helsinki City Campus Library
image from architect
University of Helsinki City Campus Library

Viikki Church, Helsinki
Viikki Church - Finnish Architecture
picture : Arno de la Chapelle
Viikki Church Building

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Location: Finland, northeast Europe

Helsinki Buildings
Helsinki Stadium Building
photo : City of Helsinki

Finnish Architecture Competition

Gösta Serlachius Museum
Matteo Cainer Architects Ltd
Gösta Serlachius Museum - Finnish Architecture
image : Matteo Cainer Architects Ltd
Gösta Contemporary Art Museum
The project for the expansion of the Gösta Serlachius Museum, presents an opportunity to explore a creative relationship between the existing museum and the surrounding landscape. Through a new and distinctive poetic architectural language, the project develops a harmonious ensemble that blurs the boundaries between existing and new.

Alvar Aalto

Nordic Architectural Designs

Danish Architecture

Swedish Architecture

Norwegian Architecture

Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, Finland : Architecture Exhibitions

Finnish Architect : Office Listings

Finnish Architect – Eero Saarinen

Steven Holl Architects

Buildings / photos for the Finnish Architecture page welcome