Jussi Tiainen is an acclaimed Finnish architectural photographer and one of the most esteemed professionals in the field. Wood Architecture in Finland (Rakennustieto, 2007) is Tiainen’s study of contemporary Finnish architecture that utilises wood in a creative and experimental manner – in spite of style or programme.
The beautiful and informative book presents 10 acclaimed buildings: The Metla Building (Sarc Architects); Finnforest Modular Office (Helin & Co Architects), St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel (Sanaksenaho Architects), Kärsämäki Church (OOPEAA), Hösmäri School (Studio Suonto Architects), Community Building Leskenlehti (A-konsultit Architects), Miilukangas Training Centre (Aitoaho & Viljanen Architects), Hiekkahovi Conference and Holiday Centre (Jukka Koivula Architects), Porvoo Jokineito Housing (Tuomo Siitonen Architects), and Kotilo House (Olavi Koponen Architects).
Sarlotta Narjus’s introduction about the long heritage of Finnish wooden construction gives the presented examples further historical meaning.
The increase in knowledge about the environment in the 21st century has revived the different uses of wood in the whole range of building. The interest in recyclability and renewable raw materials has incresed awareness of the lifespan of materials. Used and treated correctly, wood ages with dignity. The cracks in the wood in old timber structures are part of their attraction and emphasise the feel of authenticity of the material as well as the uniqueness of the buildings.
— Sarlotta Narjus, Wood Architecture in Finland, p. 10.