Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2014 finalist
The art museum Gösta showcases several temporary exhibitions every year, including highlights from the collections of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, one of the largest Nordic collections.
An open architectural competition for the design of the museum’s extension was organised in 2011. The winning team of the Barcelona-based firm MX_SI architectural studio designed the implementation together with their local partner, Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects. The pavilion was opened in the summer of 2014.
Extracts from the pre-selection jury statement:
The new Gösta is considerably larger than the adjacent old museum, Joenniemi manor. The architects have managed to construct a functional museum complex based on a difficult starting point. The old and the new create a unique, memorable milieu, together with the garden, which opens towards the lake.
Gösta is a milestone in the renaissance of wood construction in the 2000s. Its architecture reforms tradition and manifests the possibilities of using wood. In the big picture of Finnish architecture, Gösta is an engaging combination of internationalism, tradition and emerging design.
As an important public building, Gösta reinforces the public image of Mänttä. At its best, architecture can contribute to the identity of an entire city.
Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2016 catalogue:
The pavilion provides a foil to the monumental 1930s brick manor occupying the site. The use of wood is contemporary while honouring the legacy of Gösta Serlachius, who built his fortune in forestry.
The pavilion contains entrance facilities, galleries for temporary exhibitions, restaurant, offices and technical facilities. Orientation is simple in the sunny corridor, which provides rich views enlivening the visitor’s journey through the gallery spaces.
The glulam mullions developed especially for this project form an orderly rhythm that ties together the design. Stripped of detail, the mullions and vertical boarding are contrasted by the slanted roof and the diagonal ‘gashes’ of the windows and gables. The Pavilion demonstrates that contemporary architecture can be fluidly integrated into a heritage site, adding a new layer to its history.