January 12, 2016
In this talk Anssi Lassila addresses the question of scale from several different points of view. Using various projects executed in wood by his office OOPEAA, he illustrates how the dimension of scale, of small and large, manifests itself in architecture. On the one hand, it is about a journey of exploration and discovery that starts with the big picture and finds its expression on the level of the smallest of details. On the other hand, it may also start with the very tangible qualities of the chosen material and grow from there into a full-blown project. In this way, the process of creating architecture is always about a dialogue between the small and the large, about interaction between different forces at different levels of scale.
Anssi Lassila (Soini Finland 1973) graduated from the Department of Architecture, University of Oulu 2002. His international breakthrough was the Kärsämäki Shingle Church (2004). Lassila is the founder and principal of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture. The office works on a variety of different types of projects: churches, schools and daycare centers, an art museum, office buildings, housing, private houses, town planning, and renovations and extensions to historically valuable landmarks. The firm currently employs a staff of 11 and has offices in Seinäjoki and Helsinki, Finland. The office has been honored with significant awards and won several prizes both in Finland and abroad, including the Finlandia Prize for Architecture in 2015 and the Wood Architecture Award in 2015 as well as nominations for the shortlist for the Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Architecture in 2005 and in 2011. OOPEAA has quickly gained a distinctive position among young Finnish architectural practices. Their work is about venturing into the borderline and finding the edge. Lassila's architecture displays his interest in combining a sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques.