Antti Auvinen

Hello, I'm Antti. I'm interested in meaning, experience and power structures in the built environment. I am also one half of emerging spatial practice Seam.


Upcoming
2021 Scale models in architectural practice, exhibition at Musica Nova festival, as part of Seam
2021 Audio-visual-spatial installation in the spirit of Iannis Xenakis' Polytypes at Museum of Finnish Architecture, as part of Seam and in collaboration with Antti Tolvi
Recent
2020 New Colossi, photo essay in the Finnish Architectural Review
2020 Master's Thesis research: The Palace is No Fun - Disparate and Diffuse Ideological Backgrounds of Technologically Augmented Architectures
Previous
2019 Summary article of OOO booklet in Finnish Architectural Review, as part of Seam
2019 Object-oriented ontology (OOO) in architecture booklet, as part of Seam
2019 Renovation of Kosminen gallery space and bookshop.
2019 Private vs public space, article in Finnish Architectural Review, as part of Seam
2018 Paradox City Exhibition for Aalto University, as part of Seam
2018 Liminal Material Culture exhibition at Kosminen, as part of Seam
2018 Photos of Merihaka signage in S'lim #6
2018 Kaisa Library in Use @ Venice Biennale
2018 "Small gestures", review of Lorentzinpuisto housing by Playa Architects in Finnish Architectural Review
2017 Book fair booth for Aalto ARTS Books
2016 Liminal Material Culture in S’lim #3
2015 Book store for Aalto ARTS Books
2015 Urban Helsinki @ Tallinn Architecture Biennale
2015 Kaisa Library in Use 15.4.–17.5.2015 at the Museum of Finnish Architecture
2014 Alternative master plan for Helsinki with Urban Helsinki collective
2013 Workspace 7,5
2012 Book fair booth for Aalto ARTS Books

Antti Auvinen

antti @ anttiauvinen.com

+358 50 55 37 426

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New Colossi, 2020

New Colossi, 2020 The Finnish Architectural Review asked me to consider two of Helsinki's newest megaprojects, the Redi and Tripla shopping centers and other such sites that could be considered new monuments in the city.



Merihaka signage, 2018

Kosminen gallery & bookshop, 2019 Interior design and construction work for Kosminen, an artist-run non profit art space that's been running since 2016. A new bookshelf was needed for Khaos bookshop and the gallery's photobook archive. A new staircase and exhibition wall were also built. The components were designed and precut/CNC-milled for quick and easy assembly by non-skilled labor (the gallerist and yours truly) with basic tools.



Merihaka signage, 2018

Merihaka signage, 2018 I was asked to take photos of the new signage system of the Merihaka neighbourhood in Helsinki. In contrast to other neighbourhoods in Helsinki which use a standard signage system, the street signs in Merihaka are a custom design by architect Tuomas Toivonen who also lives and operates a public sauna in the neighbourhood. An interview with Tuomas is coming up in the new issue of S'lim



Liminal Material Culture, 2018

Liminal Material Culture, 2018 → A photography project documenting the old Helsinki harbor areas of Kalasatama, Verkkosaari and Kyläsaari in their liminal states while they await being turned into fresh new housing areas. Since the harbor closed down ten years ago, other things have moved in. Buildings have slowly been demolished or have burned down and new ones have been built. The area has served legal and illegal underground parties, a squatted social center, a community of fishers, an illegal sauna turned legal and on the other end the spectrum, the largest EDM festival in Finland.



Book fair booth, 2017

Book fair booth, 2017 Third project with Aalto ARTS Books publishing house. A simple new book fair booth with collapsible tables and some signage. Built by my brother Ville Auvinen.



Book store, 2015

Book store, 2015 Second project for Aalto ARTS Books publishing house. A bookstore for a few years before moving into the new main building in the Aalto Campus.

Aalto ARTS Books uses graphic design students from Aalto University to design high quality books with great variance, so the goal of this store was to have as many covers as possible visible at a quick glance. The big letter A from the fair booth is used in the store. Chairs for the reading table were sourced from leftover furniture in the building to save money and resources.



Kaisa Library in Use, 2015

Kaisa Library in Use, 2015 A small exhibition for the staircase of the Museum of Finnish architecture.

A continuation of a course dealing with presenting architecture in the exhibition medium. We made an exhibition focused on the user experience of the Kaisa library (by Anttinen Oiva Architects) that makes the building what it is. The exhibition consisted of five screens running five different time lapse movies from around the building, one screen showing an interview with the architects, and one screen showing user generated content from Instagram.

In collaboration with Marja Rautaharju, graphic design by Pauliina Nykänen.


The main video work of this exhibition was exhibited in the Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale



Pro Helsinki 2.0, 2014

Pro Helsinki 2.0, 2014 We started a collective called Urban Helsinki since we felt that truly urban master planning hadn't found its way into the discussion in Helsinki city planning. Together with the group we have released many intentionally provocative statements, the largest of which was a comprehensive master plan, shown above. The alternative master plan was released just before the first draft of the official master plan. The whole text is available here, although only in Finnish.



Workspace 7,5, 2013

Workspace 7,5, 2013 →I have run a collaborative workspace with a group of friends since 2013. The space functions both as an office as well as a common living room. We've had a varying group of people from architects, graphic designers, web designers and service designers working separately and together. The space has hosted various underground parties and there is a weekly movie club called Leffatiistai (Movie Tuesday).



Book fair booth, 2012

Book fair booth, 2012 A student competition in my second year lead to me designing a new fair booth for Aalto University's own publishing house, Aalto ARTS Books. The design is simple, even naivistic. Five letter-shaped bookshelves spell out "AALTO" in the official Aalto font and color scheme. On the side there are benches for reading which also act as storage for extra inventory. The benches can be stacked on top of each other to make a display table, and the shelves are on wheels so that a different configuration is possible every year or even every day.