Rainer Mahlamäki

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Rainer Mahlamäki
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Born 1956
Nationality Finnish
Alma mater Tampere University of Technology
Awards Finland Prize, Ministry of Education Award, 2008
Practice Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Buildings Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Professor Rainer Mahlamäki (born 1956) is a Finnish architect, President of the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), Professor of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Oulu Department of Architecture and joint partner with Professor Imari Lahdelma of the Helsinki-based architecture firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, one of the most prolific and successful architecture firms in Finland. A significant part of their works have begun as successful entries in architectural competitions, in which they have received 35 first prizes (and 57 other prizes).[1]

Mahlamäki studied architecture at the Tampere University of Technology, and was awarded the Master of Science in Architecture in 1987. He, along with Lahdelma and 6 others, was a partner in the architecture firm 8 Studio from 1986 to 1993. From 1992 he together with Lahdelma and architect Mikko Kaira founded Kaira-Lahdelma-Mahlamäki Architecture, and from 1997 Mahlamäki and Lahdelma have been in partnership in the firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects.

Mahlamäki was appointed Professor of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Oulu Department of Architecture in 1997, from 2000 to 2007 he was head of the department and since 2007 vice-head of the department. In 2007 he was appointed President of the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA).

Mahlamäki was the Chair of the Jury for the 2009 International Architecture Awards.[2]

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland (2013).
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka, 2008.

Selection of works by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects[edit]

The work of the firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects is generally split between the two partners, though with each having some input in all the works. The style of the firm has been described as contextual, varying dramatically in character depending on the project, from minimalism to expressionism. The contextualism is typified by Lahdelma's design of the Jyväskylä University Teacher Training School (2002) built adjacent to several buildings on the university campus designed by Alvar Aalto. The form of the new building complex was generated by the "site lines" of the surrounding buildings, resulting in a "fortress-like" appearance.[3]

  • Meilahti Hospital, new entrance, Helsinki, Finland, 2013
  • Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Espoo, Finland 2013
  • Derby Business Park, Espoo, Finland, 2013
  • Helsingin Studio, Residential Building, Helsinki, Finland, 2013
  • Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland, 2012
  • Helsingin Vanhalinna, Residential Building, Helsinki, Finland, 2012
  • Meilahti Hospital Area, New Entrance Lobby, Helsinki, Finland, 2010
  • Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka, Finland, 2008
  • Wooden Boat Centre, Kotka, Finland, 2008
  • Joensuu Primary School, Joensuu, Finland, 2006
  • Evira, Finnish Food Safety Authority, Helsinki, Finland, 2006
  • Helsingin Pasaatituuli, Residential Building, Helsinki, Finland, 2006
  • Lusto Finnish Forest Museum, Extension Punkaharju, Finland, 2005
  • Lohja City Library, Finland, 2005
  • Exactum building, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2004
  • Iiris, Office Building and Service Centre for the Visually Impaired, Helsinki, Finland, 2004
  • Tapiola Church Yard, Urn Cemetery, Espoo, Finland, 2004
  • Rauma Main Library, Rauma, Finland, 2003
  • Office Building for Finland Post Corporation, Helsinki, Finland, 2003
  • Jyväskylä University Teacher Training School, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2002
  • Vaasa City Library, Vaasa, Finland, 2001
  • Skanska Ltd. Headquarters, Helsinki, Finland, 2000
  • Bulevardin Aaria, Residential Building, Helsinki, Finland, 2000
  • Physicum building, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2001
  • Folks Arts Centre, Kaustinen, Finland, 1997
  • Soininen Primary School, Helsinki, Finland, 1997
  • Festia building, Tampere University of Technology, Finland, 1995
  • Lusto Finnish Forest Museum, Punkaharju, Finland, 1994

Awards to Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects[edit]

  • Architectural Arts Suomi Award, 1997
  • Finland Prize, Ministry of Education Award, 2008

Gallery of works by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects[edit]


  1. ^ Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Prizes.
  2. ^ "Finnish architects select 97 buildings in thirty nations to win the world’s most prestigious 2009 International Architecture Awards". Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. September 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  3. ^ Kristo Vesikansa, "Seminaarinmäki architecture after Alvar Aalto", in Alvar Aalto Architect, Volume 16, Jyväskylä University 1951-71, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Helsinki, 2009, p.107-8.

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