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Monday, November 16, 2015

Annual Rings :: A New Generation of Wood Architecture in Finland


Annual Rings :: A New Generation of Wood Architecture in Finland
McCormick Gallery
11.16.15 - 2.1.16

Pine, spruce, larch. These tree species cover the majority of Finland. This abundance of wood formed a material and spatial culture that connects to the sky perceived through upright trees. Against this bounty, Finnish architecture expressively incorporates itself as a zone between often-frozen ground and sky.

Finland prides itself on its long-established woodworking traditions and widespread appreciation for quality craftsmanship and design. The past twenty years have seen particularly remarkable development in Finnish wood construction. Since 1994, the government and the wood building industry have invested strongly in research, development, and education related to wood architecture and construction. The Finnish Wood Award, inaugurated in 1994, has now been awarded 16 times, and educational programs devoted to wood architecture now receive widespread recognition. Wood architecture in Finland again has become vital and recognized throughout the world.

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