Design and architecture in Finland

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Finland’s Design Programme widely promotes the use and application of design. Architectural policy, in turn, boosts the quality of the built environment and helps preserve it. The Ministry of Education and Culture supports design and architecture by awarding discretionary government grants, for example.

 

Design

The aim is to strengthen design expertise and harness it more effectively. 

To support national design organisations, the Ministry of Education and Culture awards discretionary government grants for activities that are important in terms of cultural policy. The largest recipients are the Ornamo Art and Design Finland and Grafia Association of Visual Communication Designers in Finland.  Central government transfers and discretionary government grants awarded to design museums also help fund Finnish design (Finnish Heritage Agency).

The National Council for Architecture and Design acts as the expert body for design.

Architecture

The objective of architectural policy is to help create and preserve a good built environment and to promote a culture of high-quality architecture and construction. Both public and private construction aim to reserve some of their building costs funds to cover art procurement in line with the Percent for Art principle.

The Ministry of Education and Culture supports national architectural organisations by granting discretionary government grants for activities that are important in terms of cultural policy. Central government transfers and discretionary government grants are awarded to architectural museums (Finnish Heritage Agency) to subsidise architecture.

Archinfo is an organisation that brings together the field of architecture. It produces, disseminates and compiles information on architecture. It serves as an expert in architectural policy and architectural education and promotes international awareness of the values and expertise of Finnish architecture.

The National Council for Architecture and Design acts as the expert body for architecture.

Finnish architectural policy programme Apoli

The publication titled ‘Towards Sustainable Architecture: Finland’s Architectural Policy Programme 2022–2035’ was published in January 2022. The aim of the programme is to strengthen cooperation between stakeholders that influence our built environment. The ecological, social, economic and cultural sustainability of the built environment is at the heart of the new architectural policy programme.

The Architectural Policy Programme published in 2022 is the second of its kind. Finland’s first architectural policy programme was published in 1998.

The programme ties in with international initiatives and activities in architecture, such as the New European Bauhaus initiative and the Davos Declaration. Archinfo is the New European Bauhaus contact point in Finland.

Towards Sustainable Architecture: Finland’s Architectural Policy Programme 2022–2035 (in Finnish)
Apoli brochure
Programme preparatory material in the Gateway to Information on Government Projects (in Finnish)
Topical information on Apoli on Archinfo’s website
New European Bauhaus
Davos Declaration

Architecture competitions

The Ministry of Education and Culture represents the state in major architecture competitions. Construction projects related to national culture that have been implemented through architectural competitions include Helsinki Music Centre and Helsinki Central Library Oodi.  

 

Inquiries:

Mari Karikoski, Senior Ministerial Adviser for Cultural Affairs, +358 295 330 209, [email protected]

Emma Harju, Specialist, +358 295 330 134, [email protected]

New architectural policy programme

New architectural policy programme

A working group is drawing up a new architectural policy programme for Finland.

A new architectural policy programme

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