client: The Finnish Heritage Agency, the National Museum of Finland, SenateProperties
location: Helsinki, Finland
year: 2019
category: museum
statut: international competition
team: Matthieu Boustany, Benoist Desfonds, Henrik Ilvesmäki, Peeraya Suphasidh
surface: 3,850 m2

« the annexe must enter into dialogue with the romantic architecture of the existing museum »
The Helsinki National Museum seeks to create an extension to accommodate large-scale contemporary art collections, cultural events and meeting spaces. Located next to the historic work of the architects Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen, our proposal strive toward the balance between conservation and operation, quietly echoing the ethos of the heritage building and site. One the ground level, a one-story building encloses a large open courtyard which accommodates flexible programing. The museum exhibition space and its supporting programs are hidden underground surrounded by light-casted rammed earth wall construction.

architecture & urbanism studio