Northern Finnish architect wins global Spotlight prize for “sculptural forms”

The Office for Peripheral Architecture, a small practice based in the town of Seinäjoki in northwestern Finland, has won the Spotlight Prize, which celebrates the work of emerging architects.

This prize, awarded by the Rice Design Alliance (RDA), highlights the work of architects around the world during their first 15 years. 

Since its inception nine years ago, the prize has been awarded to Sou Fujimoto of Japan, Anton Garcia Abril of Spain and Pezo von Ellrichshausen of Chile, among others. Last year’s award recipient was the Barcelona and Mexico City office of Cadaval & Sola Morales.

The Office for Peripheral Architecture was founded in 2001 and employs a staff of 15.

The Office for Peripheral Architecture’s Kärsämäki Church

RDA said the firm "displays an interest in combining a sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques" and work "on a wide range of projects on varying scales from churches and daycare centers to housing and town planning as well as extensions to historically valuable landmarks".

The RDA is a not-for-profit body formed by the Rice School of Architecture and is dedicated to the advancement of architecture and urban design.

Top image: The Office for Peripheral Architecture’s Periscope

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