January updates to our services

The first days of the new year have brought an extreme weather to Helsinki. The cold record snapped -41.7°C in Lapland yesterday; here in the south it’s been around -20°C and windy. This January has also brought about an incentive to update our services. From the 15th of January 2017 onwards, we’ll apply new Terms & Conditions to our sales. Here’s a quick summary of the changes (In Finnish: below). Katso suomenkielinen yhteenveto muutoksista alempana.…

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Töölö Library staircase

Winter Wrap-Up

Oh boy, what a year! I never knew that being a bookmonger is so much fun. Our tiny niche shop has kicked off beautifully: it has been such a joy to find books for sale, to discuss with authors, publishers and customers, and to pack and send the orders all over the world. The tricky but interesting part of shopkeeping has been to learn about international customs regulations, e-commerce technology and such. If you have any…

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Focus Marc Aulén and The Helsinki Book

The Helsinki Book is a brand new guidebook to the cool capital of Finland. Anni had a quick chat with the author, Marc Aulén, about the book and his relationship with Helsinki. Please also check out the Helsinki Book web pages for more information about this great new opus. Marc, I’ve understood that you were not born in Helsinki. What brought you here in the first place? — My father used to work for Ford…

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The wisdom of architecture

In my work as an architecture critic and theory teacher, I have come across many ideas about architecture that have no relevance whatsoever in what I personally perceive and experience. On many occasions, such ideas seem to stem from addressing architecture from the perspective of philosophy, literature theory, social sciences, or from another similar extra-architectural discipline. The great architectural theory boom that we have witnessed to sweep over architecture since the 1980s has created some…

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grassroot level

Happy Monday from the grassroot level

I’m celebrating the most beautiful autumn ever in my lifetime in Helsinki. And yes, I’m also celebrating one huge milestone in the development of our online architecture bookstore here at bookm-ark.fi. The shop is now live, and my team and I are all over the moon as we really like the look and feel of it. I hope you like it as well, and that we can together develop this into your number one, trustworthy…

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GA56 cover with Kiasma

Mass intertwining

The last few weeks have been an exciting time for our start-up business. Our new (hopefully soon-to-be-opened) web shop for second-hand architecture books has received an overwhelmingly warm reception among all prospective business partners with whom I’ve met recently. This is just great! Lesson number 1: Trust your instincts, listen to your intuition. I thought I knew this already, but still: it’s been an exceptionally uplifting month. It’s as if our tiny shop would have…

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Kiirettä pitää | Busy, busy holidays

Heinäkuu on kulunut uskomattoman nopeasti mukavan työn merkeissä. Hienoja kirjayksilöitä on tulossa valikoimiimme – iso kiitos kanssamme jo asioineille kollegoille, jotka kuka mistäkin syystä haluaa siivota kirjahyllyään. Verkkokauppaakin on rakennettu. WordPress-moottorilla pyörivien sivujen teemaksi valikoitui Laborator-tiimin Aurum, jossa oli lupaava kirjakauppa-demo valmiina. Varsinainen kauppa tulee alkuvaiheessa pankkimme holvi.com:in yhteyteen, sinnekin on jo päivitetty tuotetietoja ja kuvia. Avajaisia voimme näillä näkymin viettää ennen syyskylmiä. Alla oleva kuva on virtuaalikauppamme inspiraationa: kuva tuli Aurum-teeman mukana ja on…

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Kuukauden kirja | Book of the Month

Eräs bookm-ark.fi-antikvariaatin helmistä tulee olemaan Hokos Warma Voloi – taloja ja kyliä saaristosta, Karjalasta ja Inkeristä. Vuonna 1997 julkaistuun kirjaan on koottu Teknillisen korkeakoulun arkkitehtiosaston ns. mittausleirin satoa vuosilta 1990–96. Mittausleiri kuuluu yhä vieläkin nykyisen Aalto-yliopiston Suomen ja pohjoismaiden rakennustaiteen opintojaksoon. Kirjan toimituskuntaa on johtanut ikimuistettava professori Vilhelm Helander, joka opetti arkkitehtuurin historiaa Teknillisen korkeakoulun arkkitehtiosastolla vuosina 1985–2006. Hokos Warma Voloi sisältää häikäisevän kauniita ja tarkkoja, paikan päällä tehtyjä piirustuksia perinteisistä puurakennuksista ja niiden miljöistä…

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books about Finnish architecture

We are here : A new online architecture bookshop

Hello, world! I’m happy to announce some big news: Bookmarchitecture Ltd is a reality!  Bookm-ark.fi is a new online architecture bookshop for used books about Finnish architecture – or any books on architecture that is good and interesting. Furthermore, we’ll also sell good-quality stationary and intend to produce and sell some cool stuff for souvenirs and mementoes of great Finnish architecture. Päivää maailma! On ilo ilmoittaa isoista uutisista: Bookmarchitecture Oy on totta! Bookm-ark.fi on uusi…

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