National Museum of Finland

How to create modern heritage

This is an image of JKMM Architects' winning proposal for an international architecture competition to design a new extension to Finnish National Museum.
Type: Competition 1st Prize
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Status: 2019 -
Scale: 17 000 m2
Client: The Finnish Heritage Agency, the National Museum of Finland and Senate Properties
Museum

The National Museum of Finland is located in the heart of Helsinki next to the Parliament and 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 gigantic 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.

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