the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture
 
the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture
aug 09, 2011

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture

the best school in the world museum of finnish architecture, helsinki on now until september 25th, 2011

enter upper secondary school and vocational college, sipoo, finland 2007 by k2s architects ltd. photo: marko huttunen

over the past decade, finland has excelled in international student assessments, but how and why are finnish schools pushing out top results? the museum of finnish architecture presents an exhibition that explores this question from an architectural perspective, based on the premise that learning is invariable influenced by the environment in which it takes place. examining the architecture of educational institutions in finland from the 2000s, ‘the best school in the world’ exhibition highlights seven schools in detail, offering a varied sample of functional and architectural solutions, including:

strömberg school, helsinki, 2001, kari järvinen and merja nieminen arkkitehdit safa; viikki teacher training school, helsinki, 2004, ark-house architects; hiidenkivi comprehensive school, helsinki, 2005, häkli architects; sakarinmäki school and day nursery, helsinki, 2006, arkkitehtitoimisto sari nieminen; comprehensive school in joensuu, 2007, lahdelma & mahlamäki architects; enter upper secondary school and vocational college, sipoo, 2007, k2s architects; and kirkkojärvi school, espoo, 2010, verstas architects.

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture enter upper secondary school and vocational college, sipoo, finland 2007 by k2s architects ltd.

the show brings to light various trends that are posing new challenges for schools such as student numbers, the growing popularity of age-integrated classes, inclusion of students with special needs, multiculturalism and the multipurpose use of school facilities by the local community. through research, social interaction, pleasant user experience and transparency have emerged as three key themes in contemporary school architecture.

in addition to a contemporary investigation of finnish school architecture, institutions from 1900 to the 1970s are also represented through original drawings from the museum’s collections and texts, providing a comprehensive decade-by-decade historical overview, while schools from the 20th and 21st centuries are illustrated through slide shows, providing a preview of schools that are currently under planning or construction.

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture joensuu lyceum, joensuu, finland, 2007 by lahdelma & mahlamäki architectsphoto: jussi tiainen

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture joensuu lyceum, joensuu, finland, 2007 by lahdelma & mahlamäki architectsphoto: jussi tiainen

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture sakarinmäki school and day nursery, helsinki, 2006 by arkkitehtitoimisto sari nieminenphoto: arnodela chapelle

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture sakarinmäki school and day nursery, helsinki, 2006 by arkkitehtitoimisto sari nieminen image: arkkitehtitoimisto sari nieminen

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture kirkkojärvi school, espoo, finland, 2010 by verstas architects image: verstas arkkitehdit

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture kirkkojärvi school, espoo, finland, 2010 by by verstas architects photo: tuomas uusheimo

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture hiidenkivi school, helsinki, finland, 2005 by häkli architects photo: jussi tiainen

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture viikki schoolhelsinki, finland, 2004 by ark-house architects architects: markku erholtz, hannu huttunen , jussi karjalainen

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture strömberg school, helsinki, finland, 2001 architects: kari järvinen, merja nieminen

the best school in the world exhibition at museum of finnish architecture a historic image of the tampere finnish girlsʼ school, gym, 1899-1902 by wivi lönn

photo: MFA

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