Oulu Museum and Science Centre

Location: Oulu, Finland
Size: 7400 m2
Status: Competition entry, Purchase 2023
Client: City of Oulu
Scope: Architecture, Concept, Restoration, Urban design
Culture
‘Rysä’ (eng. traditional fish net), the idea by JKMM and Andrea Tabocchini Architecture (ATA), forms a new vision and landmark for Oulu – a new innovative and inviting entity in the immediate vicinity of city centre and the Oulujoki estuary. It combines new and old architecture and consider the historical layers of a former power station and an old water tower, and at the same time creates a new lively town square and improves the surrounding neighborhood. The core of the idea lies at the junction of the new and the old: a glass courtyard functioning as a multipurpose market square, event space, meeting place and entrance. The material of the facade is based on ceramic brick, forming a fascinating and modern, translucent and lively three-dimensional surface. At the same time, bricks stem from the historically industrial environment. Architecture tells stories about the past and the future. The architecture aims to be simple enough to leave room for content and creates an open platform for functions.
© JKMM
© Brick Visual
© Brick Visual