"Suurmuotoja, suurmuoteja" ("Magnificant forms, magnificant styles")

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Publication type Article
JournalARK Arkkitehti The Finnish Architectural Review
Year2002
Volume99
Issue6
Pages60-61
ISSN (print)0783-3660
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The article is comparing six new office buildings in Helsinki area in Finland. The fashion of glass facade (Biocentre 3 by Olli-Pekka Jokela) is compared with the traditional wall structure (Innopoli 2 by Kaarina Lofstrom), and the kombi office plan of Arabiakeskus (by Arkkitehdit Tommila) is compared with open plan of Senate-building (by Heikkinen Komonen). The difficulties of office design are discussed in terms of economics and spatial organisation (Paciuksenkatu 21 by Tuomo Siitonen and AV keskus by ARK-house). The author acknowledges the difficulties with clashing aims in office design: that of flexibility and that of image provoking. In best cases the two aims are not compromised but clearly solved. In those cases the corporation has succeeded in finding a particular style of a particular architectural office matching with its image strategy; not so that the architectural office has been lucky in translating the goals of the corporation to architectural language.
PublisherSuomen Arkkitehtiliitto
NotesArticle is in Finnish, the texts of the pictures are translated.
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