Sanaksenaho Architects ltd. - Sanaksenaho Arkkitehdit Oy was founded in Helsinki in 1991 by architect Matti Sanaksenaho. Since the year 1997 architect Pirjo Sanaksenaho has been a partner.

Sanaksenaho Architects designs many types of buildings, interiors and urban plans for the special needs of the comissioner, the user and the place. The pure materials and sculpturous forms are often used in the design.

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  CIPEA Villa in Nanjing, China. Designed 2003-04 , built 2012. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo


30.9.2013 Finnish Architectural Review ARK has published interview of Sanaksenaho Architects and CIPEA Villa in the latest issue 4/2013

7.6.2013 Villa for CIPEA in Nanjing, Boat House, is published in the latest issue of GA-Houses 131 in Tokyo.

7.6.2013 Lighthouses. Young Nordic Architecture -exhibition is opened in Museum of Finnish Architecture. Sanaksenaho Architects is participating the exhibition.

2.8.2012 Sanaksenaho Architects will participate the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the exhibition "Lighthouses. Nordic common ground" in Nordic pavilion of Biennale.

12.10.2011 Sanaksenaho Architects has got a new commission to design a hotel & spa to Rovaniemi, Finland. More information on the newspaper Lapin Kansa

31.03.2011 Sketch Design Proposal for Helsinki Töölö-Bay Area by Sanaksenaho Architects was accepted at Helsinki City Planning Council.

10.1.2011 Matti Sanaksenaho is nominated as Professor of Contemporary Architecture at Oulu University, Department of Architecture since beginning of the year 2011. The Architecture School of Oulu in Finland is the northernmost school of architecture in the world.

1.11.2010 The Students' Health Care Building in Helsinki downtown is finished and opened for public. The building got the National Glass Award " The Glass Construction of the Year 2010".

1.6.2010 The office has moved. The new address of Sanaksenaho Architects is Sepänkatu 15 C 45, 00150 Helsinki.

1.12.2009 The construction of the Students' Health Care Building is going on in Helsinki. The extension will be finished in the autumn 2010.

The construction of the Villa no.20 for CIPEA in Nanjing, China is going on and the "Boat House" will be finished during 2010. See image from the building site.





Turku Ecumenical Art Chapel designed 1996-99, built 2005. Photo: Jussi Tiainen


cipea-villa CIPEA Villa in Nanjing, China. Designed 2003-04 , built 2007 - 2012

Students' Health Care Building, Helsinki , 2010.


Sanaksenaho Architects' design for Villa Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China is exhibited at Art Basel in an exhibition called ORDOS100, place: E-halle.

The new hotel designed by Sanaksenaho Architects was presented for the press in Helsinki. The hotel will be situated in Etelä-Satama -area. Click here to see pictures of the hotel.


House Tammimäki, Espoo, Finland 2001


Sanaksenaho Architects is invited to design a villa to Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China. There are 100 architects from all over the world in the ORDOS100-project, which curator is Ai Wei Wei from China. The architects were selected by architects Herzog & de Meuron. More information:

The construction of the CIPEA Villa in Nanjing, China has begun. See image from the building site.



Matti Sanaksenaho received the prestigious International Grand Prix Barbara Cappochin 2007 for St Henry's Ecumenical Chapel. There were 312 buildings from all around the world competing for the prize. More information: UIA / Barbara Cappochin Foundation

Sanaksenaho Architects won the first prize in the architectural competition concerning the extension of the Students´ Health Care Building in Töölö in Helsinki, Finland. The entry called "Serpens".




Hämeenlinna Dock Pavilion, competition entry called "KUUTTI" 2007

St Henry's Chapel is on the third place among the most popular sights in Turku just after Medieval Cathedral and Turku Castle. There has been 90 000 visitors in the chapel in a year.



Matti Sanaksenaho is invited to London Architecture Biennale 2006. The exhibition "The world in a city: A sketch for London" will be in The Gallery, York Way, King's Cross, London on 16 - 25 June 2006.

Sanaksenaho Architects ltd. is chosen among 14 finalists in the process of finding architect to design new MOCA Cleveland Art Museum in Ohio, USA.