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Concrete Dreams – And Other Perspectives on 1970s Architecture

Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki

  • 17.5.2023–15.10.2023

Please join us on an excursion to Finland in the 1970s! The exhibition explores the architecture and other phenomena of the controversial decade.


Please join us on an excursion to Finland in the 1970s!

This was a decade when the nation dreamed of economic growth, prosperity and equality. The suburbs became the new home for many of those who had moved to the city in search of work. They were able to enjoy the increasing amount of free time sat in their modern living rooms, watching television. In architects studios, societys dreams were given a concrete form – and more effectively than ever before.

The exhibition explores the architecture and other phenomena of the controversial decade. It tells about the ideologies and social progress that guided the work of architects at a time when the welfare state was under construction, cities were growing and housing construction was at its peak. A lot of the old houses had to make way for larger houses and more efficient roads. The industrial, systems architecture, which emphasised repetition and uniformity, as well as the grid pattern expanding in different directions, fitted perfectly with the eras ethos of universality.

Concrete Dreams invites us to experience the spirit of the 1970s, for instance, enticing us to imagine how a well-equipped suburban home built of prefabricated concrete elements with adjoining playgrounds felt like for its first residents. It also highlights gems from the 1970s of different building typologies: theatres, town halls, university buildings, churches, factories and water towers and challenges us to think about the value of these buildings in our environment, now that they have reached an age when they require renovation. It shows the diversity and pluralism of the architecture of that time.

Concrete Dreams continues the Museum of Finnish Architectures series of exhibitions exploring the architecture of past decades, this time reaching the 1970s. The exhibition has been curated by Petteri Kummala, the Museum of Finnish Architectures deputy head of information services and research, Jutta Tynkkynen, the museums curator of exhibitions, and Anni Vartola D.Sc. (Tech.) senior lecturer in Architecture at Aalto University.

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Museum of Finnish Architecture
Kasarmikatu 24, 00130 Helsinki

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Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card

10/5/0 . Yhteislippu Designmuseon kanssa 20 . Museokortti.

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Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue 11:00-20:00
Wed 11:00-18:00
Thu 11:00-18:00
Fri 11:00-18:00
Sat 11:00-18:00
Sun 11:00-18:00

Museum of Finnish Architecture is closed 23.-25.6.

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