Finland: Creativity Through Sustainable Architecture

Finland, like other Nordic countries, is built on the foundation of equality, with institutions such as schools, libraries, healthcare, social housing, and the Lutheran church playing a crucial role. This has led to the creation of many modern architectural masterpieces in the form of schools, libraries, hospitals, and tenement buildings, designed by some of Finland’s most brilliant architects, such as Alvar Aalto, Reima Pietilä, Juha Leiviskä, Viljo Revel, and Aarne Ervi. Finnish architecture is a blend of international influence and local uniqueness, with a focus on environmentally friendly building techniques and materials that respect the surrounding landscape and climate. By prioritizing practicality, meaningful material selection, and an understanding of climate conditions, Finland has created architecture that is timeless and avoids excessive design.

Our presentation will begin with an overview of the characteristics of Finnish modern architecture, followed by a discussion of our own work and the various design methods and teams involved in creating our final product. We especially highlight our use of wood in our material selection, and believe that architecture has the power to bring joy and refreshment to its surroundings.


Rainer Mahlamäki

Co-founder, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects & Professor, Oulu School of Architecture, Finland
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