National Museum of Finland
How to create modern heritage
The National Museum of Finland is located in the heart of Helsinki next to the Parliament and opposite Alvar Aalto’s Finlandia Hall. The existing building is considered a National Romantic style masterpiece. The New National will transform the museum into a modern landmark to house Helsinki’s largest exhibition spaces.
The defining feature of the design is a monumental structure that forms the main entrance to the museum with its monolithic cantilevered concrete roof. Underneath, the spaces are sculpted into the earth with a generous stepped “public square” leading the visitors into the museum. The architecture is simple, universal and even primeval in its concept.