Posts Tagged ‘Finland’

Mr. Business Wig

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Finnish News takes on the US election. Please note that I don’t think this US election is a joke. Trump is close enough to a fascist demagogue, and the spectre of the million who have died as a result of the illegal Iraq War also hangs over both campaigns. This is funny but truly, this is not a joke.

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Ultra Ruin in Taiwan by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

“Ultra-Ruin is a wooden architectural organism that is growing from the ruins of an abandoned red brick farmhouse in the meeting place of terraced farms and jungle. The weak architecture follows the principles of Open Form and is improvised on the site based on instincts reacting to the presence of jungle, ruin and local knowledge.”

For more photos of Ultra Ruin see Marco’s post here.

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Apelle – boat-like house by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Another pleasing structure by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande. (See other projects here.) Called Apelle, it’s made to resemble a boat, and was in fact assembled by local boat carpenters.

“Apelle is a wooden one family house located in Karjaa, Finland. The building rests in a natural harbor like a boat in a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. 

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Kärsämäki church, Finland

Friday, August 27th, 2010

This Finnish church by Anssi Lassila was one of the reasons for starting this blog, and maybe that’s why, paradoxically, it got forgetten – it already seemed to be here. Not being a fan of religion, I’m not sure why I, an absolute non-believer, like the architecture of small churches so much, but I think it may be the fact that they have a sort of communal quality, as if everyone is sheltering together under an enormous overturned ship.

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Hanging ships

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Western European churches, especially those near or in shipping towns, often suspended a model ship from the ceiling as a symbol of good luck for sailors. The practice is probably most common in Denmark, but is fairly widespread. It would be surprising if the current craze for ship chandeliers in decor (see the ship chandeliers in houses at bottom) weren’t related to this tradition.

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Aalto’s Villa Mairea in Finland

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Alvar Aalto’s Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Finland, built between 1937 and 1939 as a rural retreat, is considered one of the greatest houses of the 20th century. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who curated a major retrospective of Aalto’s work at the Barbican in London in 2007, says photographs give no real sense of Aalto’s buildings.

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