The renowned American architect Eric Lloyd Wright, recognized for his unique understanding of nature and his work in continuing the family tradition in organic architecture, has designed his only work in Europe for Simo “Sipe” Santapukki - the drummer of a very popular Finnish rock band Apulanta. In September, the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. is holding an exhibition showcasing the project of building Santaranta.
The site for Mr. Lloyd Wright’s work, called Santaranta (“Sandy Beach”), is nestled in the forest overlooking Lake Ruotsalainen in Heinola, Finland. Santaranta is an architectural bridge between the United States and Finland, and an emotional bridge between an old and a young man, two generations seeking to respect nature in all that they do.
As the only Lloyd Wright structure built in Europe, the documentation of Santaranta became a project in itself. The Finnish photographic company Eirikuva organized a team of professional photographers to capture the historical structure shown in the light of all four seasons – the only way to understand the true beauty of Finnish nature.
Project Santaranta - Building Dreams is an exhibition of 36 large-format photographs by an American and Finnish photographers of the Santaranta Project. The Exhibition showcases the organic architecture of Eric Lloyd Wright and the mystic of nature in Finland on display at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC September 22– 30, 2012 during Architecture Week.
The photographers with varying styles include: Alias Studio’s Antti Karppinen and Mikko Pitkänen, Jarmo Glader, Jere Hietala, Laura Riihelä, Lauri Rotko, and Carolyn Russo.
The Project Santaranta: Building Dreams exhibit was made possible with a grant from the Finlandia Foundation National.
The Exhibition will be open for the public as follows:
September 22–30, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am–4pm
Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW
More information: (202) 298 5822