Venice / opening of Re-Creation

posted on June 17th 2014 in News

The exhibition RE-CREATION – The Resilience of Architecture is now open at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The exhibition is commissioned by the Museum of Finnish Architecture. It is curated by Juulia Kauste, Director of Museum of Finnish Architecture, and Ole Bouman, Creative Director of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) and Founding Director of the Value Factory Academy, Shenzhen. The installation was created by Anssi Lassila and OOPEAA to investigate the concept of resilience in architecture.Read Article



posted on June 2nd 2014 in News

Our installation and exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale – Finnish Pavilion will open next Friday, 6th June, at 2.15 p.m.

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The Biennale will open to public on 7th June.
More information in English here.
Download the official press release by the MFA here.
Check the press release page by the MFA (in Finnish) here.
Check the press release page by the MFA (in English) here.

(photos by Juho Haavisto & MFA)


Venice / installation in progress

posted on May 30th 2014 in News

The Re-Creation installation is in progress!

We got some pictures from the construction site at the Aalto Pavilion at the Biennale.

Please, check the online press release from the Museum of Finnish Architecture here.

(photos by Juho Haavisto & MFA)

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Lassila Hirvilammi is now OOPEAA

posted on May 19th 2014 in News

Lassila Hirvilammi Architects takes on a new name. Beginning in June 2014 the office will operate under the name of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture.

The new name puts their vision for architecture in the center. The office was originally founded by Anssi Lassila in 2001 under the name of Lassila Mannberg Architects and has operated under the name of Lassila Hirvilammi Architects since 2004 until now. During the past 13 years they have gained a rich and multifaceted palette of experience through a wide range of projects. Their vision for architecture has evolved and matured and it is now time to have it reflected also in the name.

OOPEAA is known for their innovative approach in combining traditional methods of building with a contemporary vision of architecture. In their work they have demonstrated a skill in treating materials in ways that successfully bring out their best qualities. The work of OOPEAA is about identifying possibilities in the place where an understanding of tradition meets an open attitude towards the new. It is a space and a moment of transition, of having been something and of being about to become something more.

For OOPEAA the notion of periphery means a space of possibility on the borderline between two different worlds. They strive for an architecture that finds its inspiration in the state of being in-between – between urban and rural, but always in relationship to both; between a deep respect for tradition and an appreciation of the contemporary; rooted in the local and yet part of a larger international context.

By introducing the new name, OOPEAA takes this approach to architecture as the guiding principle in their work and in the organization of the office alike.

OOPEAA has been chosen to represent Finland at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. Their installation titled Re-Creation will be exhibited there from June 7 to November 23, 2014. In conjunction with the opening of the biennale, a richly illustrated 220- page monograph on their work published by Arvinius + Orfeus Publishers will be launched.


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