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

9 fascinating new books for architecture lovers

If you are interested in the Amos Rex art museum, contemporary Chinese architecture, Kengo Kuma’s buildings in Tokyo or Carlo Scarpa’s life’s work, check out these new titles that we have picked from Finnish Design Shop’s book selection. Read the story

Studio Plenty’s new office has plenty of space for creativity and relaxation

Helsinki-based Studio Plenty works with styling, photoshoots and aesthetics in general. Their recently renovated office brings new energy to their creative work. Design Stories interviewed co-founder Anna Pirkola to find out more about the renovation as well as current trends in interior design. Read the story

The Finnish Museum of Photography and Gasm Café & Bar: the new era of shopping malls

The Finnish Museum of Photography’s exhibition space K1, accompanied by a museum shop and a restaurant, is located on the bottom floor of the Kämp Galleria shopping mall in central Helsinki. At street level is the Gasm Café & Bar, the heart of the mall. Read the story

Runo is a boutique hotel in Old Porvoo

Located in southern Finland, Porvoo is known for its old town, idyllic wooden houses and small boutiques, restaurants and cafés scattered along narrow streets. Now Old Porvoo also has something new to be proud of: the relaxed yet elegant hotel Runo. The interior of the hotel was designed by Studio Joanna Laajisto. Read the story

Prefab homes for minimalist tastes: Manta North provides everything needed in less than 50 square meters

The prefabricated houses made by the Latvian company Manta North are suitable for simple living, cabin life as well as remote working. The compact, energy-efficient houses are specially designed to withstand the northern climate. Read the story

Aspekt Office designed the new Work & Co office in Copenhagen with a touch of Danish hygge

For its new office in Copenhagen, the global digital agency Work & Co wanted to have a local feel and true Scandinavian spirit. Aspekt Office decorated the space using Nordic furniture classics, industrial influences and the famous Danish coziness. Read the story

Karimoku Case Study creates new wood design one project at a time

Combining the minimalist aesthetics of Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design with Karimoku’s decades of experience in making wooden furniture results in Japandi at its best. The fourth Karimoku Case Study project transformed a Tokyo apartment from the 1980s into a serene and welcoming home whose dark-toned interior is a tribute to shadows. Read the story

Do you know this sophisticated gem of 1950s architecture?

The former Helsinki School of Economics building on Runeberginkatu is one of the landmarks of Finnish architecture. Now it shines anew after having been renovated for use by Aalto University Executive Education. Read the story