EDUSKUNTATALO, PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Architect: Johan Sigfrid Sirén
Genre: 1920s classicism
Year completed: 1931
Why we love it: The imposing building boasts 14 Corinthian columns and is composed of all-Finnish materials. Philosophically, it represents the fusion of art, architecture, craftsmanship, and industrial design.

 

KULTTUURITALO, HOUSE OF CULTURE
Architect: Alvar Aalto
Genre: Modern
Year completed: 1958
Why we love it: Functional but interpretive, this curving building alludes to the shapes of sound and music. Its asymmetrical, free-flowing hall influenced the invention of the wedge-shaped brick.

 

KANSALLISKIRJASTO, NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FINLAND
Architects: Carl Ludvig Engel and Gustaf Nyström
Genre: Neoclassical
Year completed: 1845
Why we love it: This grand structure's lavish plan mimics the Baths of Diocletian in Rome. The classical, temple-like facade is complemented by interior vaulted halls and rooms.

 

KIASMA, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Architect: Steven Holl
Genre: Contemporary
Year completed: 1998
Why we love it: A symphony of contradictions (soft curves meet angles, and heavy materials meld with light ones), it's an asymmetrical masterpiece that's the perfect home for modern art.