Light Houses exhibition at Museum of Finnish Architecture

Light Houses exhibition at Museum of Finnish Architecture

The MFA’s summer exhibition is a two-part showing of contemporary work by young Nordic architects. It is an expanded version of the joint Nordic Light Houses exhibition curated for the Venice Biennale in summer 2012.
Celebrating the jubilee of the iconic Nordic Pavilion designed fifty years ago by Sverre Fehn, the original version of the exhibition explored the Biennale’s shared theme, “common ground”.

Thirty-two architects from Finland, Sweden and Norway – all born after 1962, the year the pavilion was designed – were invited to design a sculptural piece that both complements the modernist vocabulary of Fehn’s pavilion and encapsulates their office’s philosophy of architecture in a 3D form of pre-specified dimensions. In addition to bringing together this collection of projects, the exhibition literally created a common ground of discourse among Nordic architects.

The museum’s main gallery provides a fresh backdrop for this “polyphonic chorus” of sculptural pieces reflecting the wide spectrum of contemporary Nordic architecture. The dialogue between the 32 projects is just as intriguing as each individual piece.

Rounding out the exhibits in the main gallery, the small gallery features a selection of other projects by the same young architectural offices, offering a broad cross-section of contemporary Nordic architecture. All told, the exhibition illustrates how new Nordic architects are pioneering exemplary approaches to dealing with today’s global challenges. The classic hallmarks of Nordic architecture – simplified form, frugal use of materials and sensitive treatment of daylight, the site and the natural setting – embody the core principles of responsible, sustainable architecture.

The exhibition will be on show at the the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in autumn 2013.

The original version of the exhibition was curated by Peter MacKeith, with Philip Tidwell as assistant curator and designer and Juulia Kauste as commissioner. The exhibits are mounted on pedestals designed by Juhani Pallasmaa. Th exhibition was produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in collaboration with the Swedish Museum of Architecture (today the The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design) and the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. The original version was supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, the Nordic Culture Fund, World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The expanded section in the small gallery is curated and produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture.


ALA Architects
Anttinen Oiva Architects
Avanto Architects
Lundén Wikar Österlund
Hollmen Reuter Sandman Architects
JKMM Architects
K2S Architects
Lassila Hirvilammi Architects
NOW (Toivonen Tsuboi)
Sanaksenaho Architects
Verstas Architects

Atelier Oslo
Brendeland og Kristoffersen Arkitekter AS
Fantastic Norway AS
Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter
Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects
Manthey Kula
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Space Group
TYIN tegnestue

Arkitektstudio Widjedal Racki AB
Elding Oscarson
General Architecture
In Praise of Shadows Arkitektur AB
Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects
Marge Arkitekter AB
(nod) Combine
Nordmark & Nordmark arkitekter AB
petra gipp arkitektur AB
Tham & Videgård


Wednesday, June 12, 6 pm, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Voices on Nordic Architecture 1

Wednesday, August 21, 6 pm, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Voices on Nordic Architecture 2

Wednesday, August 28, 6 pm, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Fantastic Norway: Views on Nordic Architecture