Editorial 10

Editorial 10, Annual Edition

Have you ever wondered how the concepts of summer villas can be a part of the national environmental ideology; helping to build the national identities and nations as a whole?  Have you ever visited Europe’s most forested country with tens of thousands of lakes? How do you imagine Finnish traditional and modern architecture and what do you think about Finnish “Villa-Culture”?

       Until lately, Finn’s mentality and self-understanding have been strongly bound to nature, the countryside, and agrarian values. The summer villas that Finnish architects have designed for themselves over the course of the centuries are rooted in the same basic traditions of the Finnish lifestyle. It’s not just today’s “Villa-Life”. Villas represent the integration of modern architecture with vernacular and traditional Finnish architecture features.

       Villas as a sign play an important role in the development of Finland’s architecture through history. The tradition of the summer villas in Finland has often included a return to experiencing the pioneer spirit so that many architects who design their own villas or cottage view these buildings not only as a summer residence but as testing grounds for new ideas or the crystallization of concepts and theories. 

       Completed and unbuilt villa projects in Finland as like any modern country provide an opportunity for architects in testing new concepts and served as a prototype in future projects. The Finnish summer villas can also be regarded as experimental houses that provide the opportunity for architects to study a technical or functional aspect in concrete terms or to develop spatial ideas.

       In this edition (Finnish Villas issue) you will find 5 Finnish offices and 10 individual villa projects, which are statements of an effort and documentation of a movement of “Finnish Architecture”.  Also, you can read articles about “The importance of Villas in Finnish architecture”, “Villas by Alvar Aalto”, “Aalto’s experiments with wood”, “Finnish Log Villas”, and “Finnish log Villas in Iran” and more.




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