Houses in Finland presents 33 individually designed homes that represent the best of Finnish residential architecture of the 2000s. The book has been edited by Harri Hautajärvi, Architect, D.Sc. and a long-term Editor-in-Chief of the Finnish Architectural Review.
Hautajärvi’s expert knowledge of Finnish architecture shows in the selection as well as in his carefully written introductions to each project. The book also contains an extensive essay about the cultural meaning, typological development and architectural history of Finnish single-family houses.
Finns have rapidly become urbanized, and the tradition of libing in urban high-rise apartment blocks is short. The dream dwelling for many people is still one in a rural-like setting: a single-family house in the vicinity of a forest and situated by the water’s edge, yet close to the amenities of the city.
— Harri Hautajärvi, Houses in Finland, p. 8.
This beautiful book is both informative and practical and serves as an excellent architectural idea book for homebuilders, designers and students. The presented houses display a variety of architectural styles and their architects are widely published, esteemed professionals: Tuomo Siitonen, Olavi Koponen, Matti and Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Anna and Lauri Louekari, Jyrki Tasa, Juha Ilonen, Heikki Viiri, Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, to name a few.