Puukuokka Housing Block is presented in the Biennial Review 2016

Biennial Review 2016 exhibition opening at the Museum of Finnish Architecture on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Biennial Review of Finnish Architecture for 2016 presents 15 jury-selected projects completed between July 2013 and June 2015. Puukuokka is one of the three projects selected to be highlighted in more detail in the Review.

The Biennial Review continues a tradition that began in the 1950s. It highlights interesting examples of contemporary Finnish architecture, aiming to stimulate discussion on topical themes in architecture. It is targeted at both Finnish and international audiences.

The jury was chaired by Ole Bouman, an internationally renowned Dutch architecture curator, polemic commentator and founding director of Design Society, an initiative due to open in Shenzhen; China in 2017. His fellow jury members were Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen, senior architect in the Department of Cultural Environment Protection at the National Board of Antiquities and architect Hilla Rudanko. Expert input was provided by Helena Soimakallio from the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers.

The review is organized by the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA.

For more information on the Review 2016 visit http://www.biennialreview.finnisharchitecture.fi/


Review 2016 Exhibition

The Review 2016 exhibition is on show at the Museum of Finnish Architecture from June 15 to October 2, 2016. In the exhibition, the projects are presented through photographs, drawings and scale models. A video has also been made of each project.

For more information on the Review 2016 visit


Finnish Architecture 2016 Publication

The richly illustrated accompanying publication provides a contemporary analysis of what is happening on the Finnish architecture scene today, with diverse perspectives provided by the jury chairman Ole Bouman and the contributing authors, David Basulto, co-founder of the architecture website ArchDaily, and Otso Kantokorpi, a Helsinki-based art critic, writer and curator. The book was edited by Juulia Kauste and Essi Rautiola. (ISBN 978-952-5195-50-7)

Puukuokka Housing Block, Jyväskylä 2014 in the Biennial Review

The jury selected Puukuokka to the Biennial Review as a pioneering new sample of wooden architecture. The eight-storey block of flats takes wooden residential architecture to unprecedented heights in both scale and distinctive creative expression. It is a pilot case testing new CLT (cross-laminated timber) technology. Each of the flats is assembled from two prefabricated CLT volumetric modules lifted into place and joined to the stairwell. Puukuokka furthermore represents an innovative residential funding model.