This portable-sized book Modern Architecture in Finland was published in 1970 after the so-called golden era of modern Finnish architecture. Asko Salokorpi, a prolific architecture critic and expert in 20th-century Finnish architecture, offers a concise history of the developments from National Romanticism to structuralism of the 1960s. The texts are in English, and there is an abundance of both black& white and colour photographs. The book concludes with short biographical notes about the most famous Finnish architects.
Salokorpi’s reading of the history of Finnish architecture exemplifies a viewpoint where functionalism and international modernism were considered as expressions of a genuine ethos of modern Finland. In that respect, the book offers not only an accessible account of the history of 20th-century Finnish architecture but also an intriguing example of the historiography of Finnish modernism.
The copy for sale is not in super condition, but the book is still completely usable. The covers show visible shelf wear, and the pages seem to have been exposed to humidity at some point.