Antti Auvinen

Hello, I'm Antti. I'm interested in meaning, experience and power structures in the built environment. Also interested in museums and exhibitions as ways of communication.


Upcoming
2018 Liminal Material Culture exhibition at Kosminen
2018 Photos of Merihaka signage in S'lim #6
Recent
2018 Kaisa Library in Use @ Venice Biennale
2018 "Small gestures", review of Lorentzinpuisto housing by Playa Architects in Finnish Architectural Review
Previous
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 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

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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 are 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 is currently being 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

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.