For studio 3’s annual field trip this year we went to Helsinki. In a tightly packed visit we saw some incredible architecture, exhibitions, and met some great people. We had a great day at Aalto University, with Laura, Andy and Philip giving us tours around the amazing architecture and introducing us to their work.
We then followed up their advice and visited nearby Tapiola as the light was fading. Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at Helsinki Art Museum was an inspiration as was the Finnish Museum of Photography’s Darkroom exhibition and the Design Museum.
Tours around Aalto’s house and office gave a real insight into the architect’s work aligned with visits to Finlandia, Aalto University and the Academic Book Store. Leiviska’s Myyrimaki Church was an inspiration as ever. Mat’s tour of Leiviska’s Swedish School of Social Science gave a richer understanding of Leiviska’s work and what it is like to work within it. Temppeliaukio (Rock Church) filled everyone with awe and the little Kamppi Chapel of Silence proved a sanctuary to retreat to.
Nearby Stephen Holl’s Kiasma Musuem of Modern Art offered a stimulating start to our visit. Then the Soumenlinna Fortress and boat trip to get there gave a chance to reflect on the city and our visit from a distance within an evocative and memory drenched landscape.
We look forward to returning.