Boreal Lyricism


The crisis that shook the Finnish economy in 1992 put an end to the ephemeral dream of a group of students that went by the name of Monark, who saw their proposal for the Finnish pavilion at the Universal Exposition of Seville carried out before they even had time to finish their studies. This building, which consists of a gorge between a metal prism and a wooden hull, representing the Nordic country’s industrial culture and artisan tradition, is still there to be seen, although the team that designed it broke up when its contribution to the Expo was beginning to receive world acclaim. Since then one of its members, Matti Sanaksenaho (1966), in partnership with his wife Pirjo, has drawn up a series of projects retaining the conceptual lyricism and constructive simplicity of the work through which he became known...

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