FINLANDIA-TALO, FINLANDIA HALL
Architect: Alvar Aalto
Year completed: 1972
Why we love it: Rising from the edge of Töölö Bay, this concert hall manifests the attention to detail that defined Aalto, Finland’s best-known architect, who even designed the light fixtures and furniture found within.
*architecture in Helsinki (the band) > And the inspiration behind our headline. (The fact that AIH can be found on the iPods of several AW staffers has nothing to do with this shameless plug. Really.) Based in Australia, AIH is best described as, well, nothing you’ve ever really heard (try happy electronica pop on acid), with an eclectic mix of instruments including, but not limited to, a clarinet, a glockenspiel, a tuba, and a trombone. (We probably should have mentioned they’re a little … out there.) To date, AIH has released three albums (Fingers Crossed, In Case We Die, and Places Like This) and toured with Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tango, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (all worth checking out). Note: The band has yet to perform in Helsinki. — Anna Fialho