This is only the second year that the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) awards the Finlandia Prize for Architecture, but the distinction has already been gathering pace. The coveted prize, whose first ever recipients were Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects for their copper and glass-clad Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, has just announced its highly anticipated 2015 shortlist.
Five projects have been nominated for the award: the Kangasala Arts Centre by Heikkinen-Komonen Architects; the Merenkulkijanranta residential block in Lauttasaari, Helinski by Architects NRT; OKOBANK office building in Vallila, Helsinki by JKMM Architects; the Opinmaki school complex in Espoo by Esa Ruskeepaa Architects; and the Puukuokka block of flats in the suburb of Kuokkala in Jyvaskyla by OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture.
Presented to a new or renovation project that excels in the field of architecture and design, the Finlandia Prize honours great architecture in Finland - be it by a local or foreign practice - and great Finnish architecture abroad.
Promoting high quality architecture in the country, this is a shortlist of some of Finland's best architectural additions of the past three years. The winner will be announced later this year.