Raw concrete architecture by Zhang Ke, the winner of Alvar Aalto Medal 2017


Zhang Ke, hutong

Zhang Ke – beauty in béton brut

A small concrete building, stained black and sculpted into a cosy looking sculptural form, was one of the Arsenale highlights for me at Venice Biennale 2016. The elemental yet subtle use of materials in this building by Chinese architect Zhang Ke seemed to derive from the concrete spaces imagined by… Read more

Aarhus – Capital of Culture

The power of architecture is embedded in the DNA of Aarhus. Historic buildings are well looked after and new additions are celebrations for new possibilities. Witnessing the city from the top of ARoS Art Museum inside Your Rainbow Panorama, designed by Olafur Eliasson, you will sense that aesthetic experimentation is… Read more

New Serpentine Pavilion by Francis Kéré

Architectural highlight of the summer – the new Serpentine Pavilion in London
By Harri Närhi and Marianna Wahlsten

The Serpentine Pavilion marks one of the most anticipated events in the architectural calendar. Designed this year by Berlin-based Francis Kéré, the Pavilion is an open structure, beautifully crafted out of wood and steel into ornamental patterns.

Video clip from press launch, © Glen Travis

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Alvar Aalto, Riihitie home, Helsinki

Alvar Aalto – art and formal innovations

Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki now hosts a touring exhibition on Alvar Aalto, produced in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum. Artworks by key artists, including Hans Arp, Calder and Léger are showcased alongside Aalto’s designs.
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Candida Höfer. Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Herzog & de Meuron Hamburg 2016 © Candida Höfer / VG Bild Kunst, Bonn, 2016 Nur zur Berichterstattung über die Ausstellung "Elbphilharmonie Revisited", Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie concert hall documented by Candida Höfer

“Nothing comparable comes to my mind” says Candida Höfer after working on a series on the epic Elbphilharmonie concert hall by Herzog & de Meuron
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All about context – new museums in Lisbon and Tartu

On the edges of EU, two museums opened in the fall of 2016, both designed as a continuation to the surrounding landscape. In Tartu, the Estonian National Museum was designed by Paris-based firm Dorell Ghotmet Tane. Near the Atlantic coast in Lisbon, a new addition to the MAAT museum was designed by Amanda Levete’s London firm AL_A Architects.
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