HS: Architect Raili Pietilä is dead Yle news

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The most famous works of Pietilä’s architecture were created together with her husband’s architect Reima Pietilä. Pietilö’s work included the official residence of the President of the Republic, Mäntyniemi.

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Architect Raili Pietilä (1926-2021) became famous for his work, which he did together with his wife Reima Pietilä.Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

Architect Raili Pietilä has died at the age of 94, says Helsingin Sanomat (you switch to another service). He died on 16 May in Helsinki.

Born in Pieksämäki, Pietilä graduated as an architect from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1956. He did his work together with his wife. Reima Pietilän with. The couple married in 1963.

Pietilä’s first joint work was Dipoli, which was completed as a student union building at the Helsinki University of Technology in 1961. The building is now owned by Aalto University.

According to Helsingin Sanomat, Pietilöki’s other significant works include Kaleva Church in Tampere (1966), Hervanta Parish and Leisure Center and Hervanta Business Center in Tampere (1979), Sief Palace in Kuwait (1982), Embassy of Finland in India (1985), Tampere City Main Library Metso, (1986) and the official residence of the President of the Republic Mäntyniemi (1993).

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The style of the Pietilös represents large-scale and detailed organic architecture.

Architects Reima and Raili Pietilä go through the different stages of Mäntyniemi, which they planned, in Yle’s program, which was presented in 1994.

According to Helsingin Sanomat, one of the most famous of Raili Pietilä’s own works is Tove Janssonnin and Tuulikki Pietilän holiday house on Klovharu island. Tuulikki Pietilä was Reima Pietilä’s sister.

For his merits, Raili Pietilä was awarded, among other things, the first class medal of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.