Scott Poole’s The New Finnish Architecture is one of the most influential publications about late modernism in Finnish architecture. Poole writes in the Foreword about the 1970s as a decade of lost optimism, in particular for Finland’s rationalist architects. His book focuses on this strand of Finnish modernism “whose search for structural order, simplicity, and elemental purity has dominated the theoretical discourse in Finnish architecture for the past thirty years”.
The architects and studios presented are Aarno Ruusuvuori, Arkkitehdit Ky Gullichsen-Kairamo-Vormala, Juhani Pallasmaa, Juha Leiviskä, Arto Sipinen, Pekka Helin and Tuomo Siitonen, Eero Valjakka, Kari Järvinen and Timo Airas, Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, ARRAK, Georg Grotenfelt, Olli-Pekka Jokela and Pentti Kareoja, and MONARK. The book also contains a much-quoted introduction by Colin St. John Wilson, two essays by Poole (“Elemental Matter in the Villa Mairea” and “The Construction of Silence”) and some excerpts from Aulis Blomstedt (1906–1979), an influental rationalist architect and professor.
Finland, it seems, is the one country in which the architecture of the modern movement has developed without challenge and come to maturity as if in its natural habitat. For the Finns, modernism has so matured that it has achieved the depth of perspective proper to a tradition of its own.
— Colin St. John Wilson. Introduction: Finland and the Tradition of Modernism, p. 11.
The book’s previous owner has labelled the book with a signature and a stamp which are located on the inner cover and the front page. The covers show some shelf wear, but besides these signs of use, the copy for sale is in nice condition.