Alvar Aalto’s legacy lives strong in Wolfsburg, Germany

Numerous buildings testify to Alvar Aalto’s intensive design activity outside of Finland. Of the six buildings which he completed in Germany, three are to be found in the city of Wolfsburg: the Alvar-Aalto-Kulturhaus and two churches, Heilig-Geist-Kirche and Stephanuskirche. Read the story

A contemporary mountain retreat in the Austrian Alps

A sloping plot and grand view of the Austrian Alps inspired the architect Sigurd Larsen to design a modern mountain home combining the best qualities of wood and glass. The Mountain House was both a challenging and rewarding project for Larsen's studio. Read the story

Holidaying in a modern gazebo atmosphere on Krokholmen island

Gazebos are often a captivating combination of open-air closeness to nature and pompous designs. The architectural firm Tham & Videgård decided to bring the same spirit to a holiday home built on the Swedish island of Krokholmen. Read the story

Old Victorian brick house now bathed in light – introducing Signal House, refurbished by Fraher & Findlay

The refurbishment of this traditional London residence pushed the envelope, combining the old with the new. The materials used pay homage to the industrial history of the local area. Read the story

Erik Bryggman's Resurrection Chapel is a gem of Finnish architecture

Amidst the tumult of the Second World War, architect Erik Bryggman designed a peaceful cemetery chapel in Turku, in which death is encountered with respect and gentleness. It has become a landmark of Finnish architecture. Read the story

TWA Hotel revives a decommissioned airport terminal designed by Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen's masterpiece, the TWA Flight Centre at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, has gained a new lease of life as a luxury airport hotel. The newly opened TWA Hotel has been restored in the spirit of Saarinen's legacy and the 1960's. Read the story

Space for creativity – a former hair salon turned into an inspiring studio

A tangle of electrical cables and echoing space gave way to soft tones when interior designer Laura Seppänen converted a former hairdressing salon into a studio and showroom for herself. Read the story

PAN Treetop Cabins, inspired by the Moomins, erected in Finnskogen, Norway

For the PAN Treetop Cabin project, Norwegian architect Espen Surnevik drew inspiration from Tove Jansson's Moomin stories. The treetop rental cabins are located in forest terrain inhabited long ago by Finnish immigrants. Read the story

Palace Restaurant’s Michelin star is shining once again

The legendary, new and improved Palace Restaurant in Helsinki has reclaimed its place among the Michelin-awarded restaurants in Finland. When Palace was in touch with Swedish Note Design Studio, their intent was not to go for trendy interiors – quite the opposite, in fact. They wanted to create a timeless atmosphere that would honour the unique history of the location. Read the story

Bob the Robot moved into an old bread factory

Studio Joanna Laajisto designed a new home for the advertising agency, Bob the Robot, in the former Elanto bread factory in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The result, House of Bobs, is not a conventional office space. Read the story