The H.C. Andersen House, designed by Kengo Kuma, is a magical combination of fairytales and reality

The magical world of the beloved author and artist, Hans Christian Andersen, comes to life in Odense, Denmark, where the H.C. Andersen House opened its doors in 2021. The dreamlike architecture creates the setting for an unforgettable exhibition that introduces a new perspective to Andersen's classic fairy tales. Read the story

Muuratsalo Experimental House was Alvar Aalto’s playground

The Muuratsalo Experimental House functioned both as a summer residence of Alvar and Elissa Aalto and a test site for architectural elements. The Experimental House, located in Central Finland, gave Alvar Aalto the opportunity to play with construction materials and test new kinds of structural solutions. Read the story

Valtteri Bottas and Tiffany Cromwell enjoy leisure time in Finnish Lapland

Every morning at their Kilpisjärvi log house, Valtteri Bottas, a Formula One driver currently competing with the Alfa Romeo Team, and Tiffany Cromwell, a top-level professional road cyclist, are greeted by a picture perfect view of the Saana fell. Discover the couple’s modern leisure home with Design Stories! Read the story

Walden 7 reflects Ricardo Bofill’s visions for a better urban living

To honor the life and work of Ricardo Bofill (1939–2022), Design Stories is remembering the renowned Spanish architect through one of his most utopian, and controversial, works: Walden 7, a surreal housing complex located close to Barcelona. Read the story

Franckly Friends: Architect Olavi Koponen explores our relationship with space and nature in his creations

In this Franckly Friends column we have a chat with Olavi Koponen, a Finnish architect who specializes in wood construction. We meet Koponen in one of his designs, the Villa Lena in Espoo, Finland, which exhibits his signature element – simplified beauty. Read the story

Little Finlandia: a pine-lined urban venue overlooking Töölö Bay in Helsinki

While Finlandia Hall is undergoing comprehensive refurbishments, Little Finlandia, a pavilion-like building supported by sturdy pines, will serve as a temporary venue. Design Stories interviewed architect Jaakko Torvinen, who came up with the idea for the wooden building for an Aalto University student competition. Read the story

A historical gem gets a new life in Tampere – boutique hotel Villa Sandsund will offer effortless luxury

The history of the Tampella neighborhood in Tampere, Finland, is intertwined with the history of large industrial establishments. Hidden from view, on the Herrainmäki hill level with the roofs of the nearby apartment buildings, a new chapter is being written in the history of the area: boutique hotel Villa Sandsund, decorated by Nádor + Nádor Interior Architects, will be open for visitors in fall 2022. Read the story

Villa Koivikko designed by Aarne Ervi represents 1950s architecture at its best

Interior designer Petra Majantie restored a detached house designed by Aarne Ervi in Espoo, Finland. Even though Villa Koivikko was completed in 1958, its extremely innovative use of space and living-room decor that reflects the past still manage to impress 60 years later. Read the story

Meander housing is architect Steven Holl’s tribute to Alvar Aalto

Meander housing, designed by American architect Steven Holl and Newil&Bau, will be built in Töölö, Helsinki. In the meandering shape and under the green roof of the building, there will be a variety of apartments of different sizes, all sharing the beautiful light that changes with the seasons. Read the story

Avanto Architects designed a facade inspired by local nature for the Finnish Design Shop logistics center

“The finished building effectively communicates our original architectural theme of the forest and nature.” Avanto Architects’ Anu Puustinen and Ville Hara designed a facade for the new Finnish Design Shop logistics center, which differs in many ways from most warehouse buildings. Read the story

Franckly Visits: The new exciting era of Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio Sanatorium was Alvar Aalto’s international breakthrough and a functionalist “total work of art”. Now the building is on the verge of a new era, under the Paimio Sanatorium Foundation. The Franckly Visits column takes you on a tour to inspiring architecture and design destinations – nice to have you with us! Read the story

Huudi Business Park is a cozy alternative to a home office

Along with remote work, office spaces are moving closer to residential areas. Huudi Business Park in Munkkivuori, Helsinki, also welcomes local residents. Design Stories checked out the refurbished hybrid space, for which Finnish Design Shop’s Contract Sales provided most of the furniture. Read the story

Fyyri Library in Kirkkonummi wins the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2021

The philosopher Esa Saarinen has chosen Kirkkonummi Main Library, designed by JKMM Architects, as the winner of Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2021. This year’s prize is the eighth Finlandia Prize for Architecture presented by the Association of Finnish Architects (SAFA). Read the story

Taller Sert: Joan Miró’s dream studio in Mallorca is a work of art itself

Internationally celebrated Catalan artist Joan Miró is known for his surrealist works, long career spanning over seven decades and breathtaking studio designed by architect Josep Lluís Sert. Taller Sert is a must for anyone visiting Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. Read the story

Tikkurila Church is a meeting place open to everyone

Architectural studio OOPEAA designed the Tikkurila Church in Vantaa, Finland, to be a place that is easy to visit. The interior was designed to be relaxed and inviting, with the aim of avoiding solutions that would make the church look like a municipal building. Finnish Design Shop’s Contract Sales provided the church with furniture and lamps. Read the story

Säynätsalo Town Hall is a masterpiece that represents Alvar Aalto’s more humanistic design

Säynätsalo Town Hall was built in the early 1950s to serve as a town hall for a municipal of only 3,000 residents. Today, the building is open to visitors and offers guest rooms for an overnight stay. Take a tour around the town hall together with Design Stories! Read the story