The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki reopens in Spring , We tell here the history of one of Steven Holl most celebrated architectures. The Architect’s Eye: The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. Steven Holl’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. Kiasma was designed by the American architect Steven Holl. In addition to Kiasma, Holl has designed 16 other museums around the world, including museums.

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The geometry has an interior mystery and an exterior horizon that, like two hands clasping each other, form the architectonic equivalent of a public invitation. An architectural design competition to design a building for the contemporary arts museum was held in The museum attracted ,—, visitors per year in — The slight variation in room shape and size due to the gently curving section of the building allows natural light to enter kias,a several different ways.

The concept of Kiasma involves the building’s mass intertwining with the geometry of the city and landscape which are reflected in the shape of the building. Helsinki An overview of the Kiasma museum by Steven Holl.

Kiasma is a contemporary art museum located on Mannerheimintie in HelsinkiFinland. These rooms are silent, but not static; they are differentiated through their irregularity.

These rooms are meant to be silent, but not static; they are differentiated through their irregularity. Congratulations to Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art for a great first two decades! The dynamic internal circulation of the building, with its curving ramps and stairs, allows for an open interactive viewing, inspiring the visitor to choose his or her own route through the galleries.


The curved roof allows secondary skylights while horizontal light is deflected down through the section along the center.

Helsinki | An overview of the Kiasma museum by Steven Holl

Why this quite uncommon world, dubbed Kiasma in Finnish, has also become the name of the museum itself becomes evident when examining it a bit closer.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art provides a variety of spatial experiences. This attitude is particularly evident at the Kiasma, where contribution and participation to activities by the public, by children especially, is strongly encouraged. Julia van den Hout Original Copy julia originalcopy-nyc. T3 by MGA, sustainable office building in Minneapolis. An exhibition space that works for an expressive and unpredictable artist such as Vito Acconci, must also work for artist such as Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Unlike a hierarchical sequenced or ordered movement, this open ended casual circulation provokes moments of pause, reflection, and discovery. In its earliest stages, the collection was housed in Ateneum. The museum reopens in Marchwith three exhibitions; a retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe, an exhibition inspired to the elements of nature and one dedicated to portraiture.

I accept the terms and conditions of privacy. The competition was open to architects from the Nordic and Baltic countriesin addition to which four architects or studios from elsewhere were invited to participate, though they were obliged to submit their proposals anonymously: Particular to Helsinki is the horizontal natural light of the northern latitudes.

In addition, the curved roof section with its “refracting” skylight introduces another means for distributing light to galleries below the top level.


Sited in the heart of Helsinki, the project began in as a competition between architects. Infrastructure completed in Contemporary art galleries in Finland Museums in Helsinki Modern art museums Steven Holl buildings Art museums and galleries in Finland establishments in Finland Art museums established in Kluuvi.

Thus the core of the building, a narrow internal space dominated by the long curved ramp connecting the lobby with the exhibition galleries, would be very dark if not illuminated by a glass ceiling which provides a vertical illumination that, also due to the curved wall enclosing the space, dramatically evolves during the times of the day.

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kisama In the landscape plan, extending the bay up to the building will provide an area for future civic development along this tapering body of water, which also serves as a reflecting pool for Finlandia Hall and new development along the south edge of the water.

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Petra Gibb at the Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm. Views Read Edit View history. The design of the building, Finnishized as “Kiasma”, underwent slight modification during the design process, but nevertheless was regarded as controversial; for instance its close proximity to the equestrian statue of Finnish President Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim.

Kiasma was closed for repairs in September and reopened in March Museum of Contemporary Art Finnish: