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Our publications provide instructions for good design and building practices, aiming at solutions that are technically correct, cost-conscious implementation and guidelines that are in accordance with the law. We publish some 40 books per year in the fields of civil engineering, building design, town planning, architecture and legislation. We also have programs for cost estimation and project management. The information content is produced in Building Information or in cooperation with the government, organisations, companies and writers. Our range of English- and multilingual books on architecture are also available for international markets.

Professionals can annually obtain updated cost estimation publications and the Builders' Yearbook along with practical guidebooks, handbooks, research reports, textbooks and books on architecture. As for owner-builders, they can choose from a range of clearly written guidebooks on building, renovation, cost estimation and interior decoration.

In addition to books in Finnish, we also publish English-language architectural books for international markets. Rakennustieto is a unique publishing house, as it is the only Finnish publisher and worldwide distributor in the field of architecture. We want to spread information about our books on architecture, Finnish architects and Finnish design among readers worldwide. Alvar Aalto, indisputably Finland's best-known architect, inspires both writers and readers. This interest is reflected in our production, although contemporary Finnish architecture has an impressive forum as well. Please look at the book presentations in our online shop.

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Architectural books from Finland 2013

Find our latest books, also e-books. For holiday season a good hint is our playing cards:
Other publications this year are e.g.
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Alvar Aalto - What & When, e-book
Reference e-book on both Aalto’s implemented and unimplemented designs, compiled in chronological order according to year and alphabetical order according to locality. Each year starts with an introduction which describes Aalto’s trips, the people he met and significant events in his work and private life.
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Alvar Aalto: The Mark of The Hand - reviewed by Nicholas Ray
The latest book review of the book describing Aalto's architectural work and his working processes is published in
arq - architectural research quarterly -journal in December 2012 by Nicholas Ray.

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arq - architectural research quarterly
volume 16 - number 2 - 2012
Reviews - Nicholas Ray

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Encounters 2 explores new intellectual territories in regard to architecture

Architecture is fundamentally existential in its very essence, and it arises from existential experience and wisdom rather than intellectualized and formalized theories. We can only prepare ourselves for our work in architecture by developing a distinct sensitivity and awareness for architectural phenomena.”...

Encounters 1 considers "the task of architecture"

“Architecture frames human existential experience and provides a horizon of understanding. As architects, we do condition others’ lives; this definitively projects a decisive ethical dimension onto our work. Architecture also implies the significant allocation of collective resources—this is a serious responsibility...

Illustrated Building Dictionary Finnish-English-Finnish

The Illustrated Building Dictionary contains terminology used in architecture, construction history, styles and decorations, building technology, machinery and tools, materials and their treatment, urban and traffic planning, as well in transactions with authorities and the implementation of projects...

Bijoy Jain - Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award 2012

Rakennustieto is publishing now for the seventh time a monograph on the work of the architect awarded the international Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award. The 2012 winner is Indian architect...

Design Finland - Playing Cards

Ilmari Tapiovaara, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Kaj Frank, Tapio Wirkkala, Nanny Still, Vuokko Nurmesniemi and Hannu Kähönen have along with many others been significantly involved in creating the concept of Finnish design. They are not only great designers, many of them have also been inspiring teachers and role models for young designers. When discussing Finnish design they are unsurpassable, and now they are the kings, queens and jacks in a pack of playing cards. ...

Houses in Finland – Living close to nature

The book Houses in Finland presents 33 individually designed homes – each representing the Finnish dream of living close to nature. But how is such a dream realised? The Finnish climate requires buildings with technically excellent construction solutions, such as well insulated walls, triple glazing, and roofs that can take heavy snow loads. The houses presented in the book are thus all superbly functioning design solutions.

Houses in Finland is the most extensive book ever published presenting the architecture of Finnish single-family houses. It offers useful information and practical beauty for all those fascinated by such houses, for those dreaming of owning one, and for designers and students in the field of building.

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Hermann Kaufmann - Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award 2010

Rakennustieto is publishing now for the sixth time a monograph on the work of the architect awarded the international Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award. The 2010 winner is Austrian architect...

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Villas & Saunas in Finland – new, extended edition

An interest in the architecture of summer villas, their interiors and particularly energy saving and sustainable solutions is clearly on the increase. Villas and Saunas in Finland, first published in 2007, is now available in a new, extended edition. The new edition includes eight extra projects, featuring energy saving and low emission solutions for holiday home construction. The principles of ecological building have also been taken into consideration in the projects featured in the first edition of the book.

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Play Music -pack of cards
The theme of the Play Music playing cards is classical music. Decorative Clubs for the Baroque; clear-cut Diamonds for Vienna Classicism; Hearts, the symbol of love, for Romanticism; and dramatic Spades...
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Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg – Saving a Modern Masterpiece

Authors: The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library
Graphic design: Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen
144 pp., 400 images and drawings
45 e (VAT included) 41,60 e (VAT excluded)
270 mm x 220 mm, soft back with folds
Publisher: Rakennustieto Publishing 2009
ISBN 978-951-682-938-1

This book presents architect Alvar Aalto’s famous library in Vyborg, Russia, and the international efforts since 1994 to restore it, and which represent exemplars in architectural history and the history of heritage conservation respectively.

Within this extraordinary example of modernist design – its original plans dating from 1927 and constructed with modifications between 1933–1935 – is a catalogue of innovative concepts that reflect Aalto’s most mature and influential work.

Every restoration task dealing with a building as remarkable as this library becomes unique. The original intentions of the architect, the present physical condition and the future intended use together affect the numerous decisions to be made during the process.

The restoration of Viipuri Library has been divided into sub-projects that are being carried out in order of urgency. This book presents in detail all the sub-projects that have been completed to date.

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What's New in Finnish Architecture? - Newly Drawn

The book Newly Drawn presents nine Finnish architects offices that are achieving rising international recognition, as well the young architects who work there. How did they first start working together? How do they work together? What have they achieved so far? What do they expect of the future? Their careers are only just beginning, but several competition victories, honorary mentions and significant commissions show that the future is theirs.

It’s time to meet and greet Hollmén Reuter Sandman, Verstas, NOW, Anttinen Oiva Architects, Lassila Hirvilammi, Avanto, ALA, AFKS and K2S. The book’s personal and intimate approach brings the offices closer to the reader. Following interviews with the personnel and presentations of the offices, the book proceeds to the projects and their unique characteristics. In this way readers can acquaint themselves not only with the projects but also with the design process. Each office presents 4-6 projects, both completed works and those still awaiting construction. The varied and rich illustrations range from portraits of persons and offices to project illustrations and photos of completed buildings.

As well as presenting the work of the nine offices, the book also includes an introduction by architect Mikko Heikkinen and essays by critic Mika Hannula and architect Meri Louekari. The key words throughout are: Plurality, Horizontal Networks and the Newly Drawn: “There’s no unity, no illusion of one correct version. Instead of a monolithic stalemate, these nine independent offices manifest loud and proudly the opposite. There’s a plurality of means and ends, a wild variety of views and practices that both converse and compete with each other. It’s a productive and challenging mess that throws off the taken for granted checks and balances for both themselves and anyone that engages in discussion with them.” (Mika Hannula)

Newly Drawn is produced as part of a joint project organized by the participating practices resulting in publications, exhibitions, workshops and other events in both in Finland and abroad.

Emerging Finnish Architects
Publisher: Rakennustieto
Publishing Editors: Tuomas Toivonen and Nene Tsuboi
Graphic design: Nene Tsuboi and Tuomas Toivonen
208 pp.,
42 Euros
170 mm x 230 mm, soft back with folds
ISBN 978-951-682-940-4

More information, press photos and press copies:
Rakennustieto Publishing, Kristiina Lehtimäki.
Please see also: www.newlydrawn.fi

The book can be purchased from our online shop, our bookshops and from bookshops worldwide.

Contemporary Finnish Concrete Architecture

Architectural photographer Jussi Tiainen has photographed Finnish contemporary architecture for already 30 years and has over the decades polished his recognizable style to the point of perfection. For this book he has photographed Finnish concrete architecture from recent years designed by well-known Finnish architects.

Finnish concrete architecture of the 21st century seeks clarity and simplicity. The nature of the material is now emphasised more than previously and the facades within the whole are unassuming and harmonious, and with carefully executed details. Also the plasticity of concrete has been utilised: the surfaces curve and bend – thin and slender structures, as well as heavy structures, have found their place.

Jussi Tiainen has skilfully captured in his photographs the versatile nature of concrete, its smoothness and coarseness, strength and sensitivity, hardness and softness, and light and shadow. For this book he has photographed the best of Finnish concrete architecture from recent years – 16 different buildings, ranging from public buildings to a single-family house, and from new buildings to remodelling projects. Among the architects’ offices included are JKMM Architects, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, and Heikkinen & Komonen Architects. The article at the beginning of the book by architect Maritta Koivisto, edtior-in-chief of the Finnish journal Betoni [Concrete], opens an interesting angle on the uses of concrete in building and architecture.

Concrete Architecture in Finland Photographed by Jussi Tiainen
Photographs: Jussi Tiainen
Preface: Martti Rautiola
Article: Maritta Koivisto
Rakennustieto Publishing, 2008
Graphic design: Maria Appelberg
Hard cover
143 p.
45 euros VAT included
ISBN 978-951-682-888-9

More information and press copies: Rakennustieto Publishing: kristiina.lehtimaki@rakennustieto.fi

Books are available from the publisher Rakennustieto Publishing, www.rakennustieto.fi/publishing our online shop, our own bookshops and bookshops around the world.

Alvar Aalto "A Gentler Structure for Life" - The stylish classic on Alvar Aalto's architecture is again available!

"I feel that there are many situations in life where the organisation is too brutal, and the architect's task is to provide a gentler structure for life." Alvar Aalto 1955

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was an exceptionally versatile and productive architect who, from the 1920s to the 1970s, designed in Finland and elsewhere in Europe and the USA hundreds of projects, ranging from private houses to city centres. In addition to designing architecture, Aalto also lectured, painted, and designed furniture and glass objects. The measure for everything he did was always man and the well-being of the individual.

Aalto's unique architecture is easily recognised: it shows in both the facades and the interiors, in the buildings themselves as well as in the surroundings, from the large scale to the smallest details. Aalto's lamps and door handles are well-known objects, and in their timeless elegance they are equally well suited for a family home as a public building. "Aalto's world avoids over-specific definitions. He is placed sometimes among the Functionalists, sometimes among the Expressionists or the representatives of organic architecture. He represented ecological architecture already before ecology existed --." (Markku Lahti)

A Gentler Structure for Life presents 23 projects by Aalto from the 1920s onwards, ranging from private houses to public buildings. Among the gems from the 1930s are Paimio Sanatorium, the Sunila paper mill and community and Villa Mairea. Included from the 1940s and 1950s are the Muuratsalo Experimental House, Säynätsalo Town Hall, Vuoksenniska Church and the Pensions Institute Headquarters in Helsinki. The campuses at Otaniemi and Jyväskylä, and the Seinäjoki, Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi administrative and cultural centres represent work over several decades. The Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Aalborg Museum in Denmark and the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Riola di Vergato in Italy, represent Aalto's work from the 1960s and 1970s. A Gentler Structure for Life, published first time in Alvar Aalto's centenary 1998, is the joint work of Markku Lahti, head of the Alvar Aalto Museum, and photographer Maija Holma. Apart from Holma's photographs, the book also includes Lahti's text about the life and works of Alvar Aalto. The clear and flowing text offers, in addition to basic facts, interesting descriptions on the everyday life and work of the master architect, as well as comments from Aalto's contemporaries and quotes from Aalto's own texts.

ALVAR AALTO "A Gentler Structure for Life"
Photographs: Maija Holma
Text: Markku Lahti
Rakennustieto Publishing, Helsinki, 2008
3rd edition
First published: 1998
175 pages, 240 x 340 mm, hard cover
Four four-page foldouts
23 projects, 221 photographs (many in full colour), 61 drawings
ISBN 978-951-682-475-1
64,00 eur
Languages: Finnish, English, German and Italian

More information and press copies:
Rakennustieto Publishing: kristiina.lehtimaki@

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