The winning design for the new Sara Hildén Art Museum building in Tampere, Finland has been announced.
Organised by the Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, the Sara Hildén Foundation and the City of Tampere in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), an international architecture competition was held between August and December last year to determine the design for the building.
According to the City of Tampere, a total of 472 competition entries were approved for the competition. The number of entries was among the highest ever submitted to an architectural competition in Finland.
Last week Lumen Valo by architect Janne Hovi was announced as the winning entry.
The design considers, by simple means, both the values related to the history of the Finlayson area and the starting points of the surrounding area and the requirements of the art, says chair of the jury, Deputy Mayor Jaakko Stenhäll.
According to the jury, aesthetics that fit the spirit of the Finlayson industrial area and Sara Hildén Art Museum are captured in the subtle design of Lumen Valo. In its matter-of-factness, it relates to the historical architecture of the construction site.
The jury further noted that the winning entry continues the tradition of the area, where buildings have been built based on the needs of their purpose. The overall shape has been derived from the exhibition facilities. In this, the winning competition entry truly stands out from among the rest.
The other entries that ranked in the competition were Obscura by Heljä Nieminen and Havu Järvelä and Mezzo by Arkkitehdit Rudanko + Kankkunen Oy that came in shared third place. Entries XXX (Arquitectos Ayala S.L.P.) and A sculpture in the park (ALL – atelier lorentzen langkilde) were purchased. In addition, ten entries were given an honorary mention.
The competition aimed to create an architecturally distinctive building that would take account of the values of its environment, create a framework for art, and support the identity and character of the Sara Hildén Art Museum.