Alvar Aalto Museum
“We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things that are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.” (Alvar Aalto)
This project is inspired by Alvar Aalto’s architecture, paintings and design philosophy. It is an extension to an existing Scandinavian museum by (and partly about) Aalto, one of the world’s greatest architects of the last century.
A sculptural outer skin and green roof respond to Aalto’s originally intended continuous flow of landscape and water between the buildings.
The new extension remains somewhat concealed, waiting quietly in the shadows to be explored from inside – inviting visitors over and through – with a light visual and physical footprint. Its only visible facade appears as a folded screen and waterwall in the landscape, crafted from copper, one of Aalto’s preferred materials.
Exhibitions / Publications / Awards :
ArchiTeam Awards 2016, The Architecture Insight, e-architect.
Spiralling internal and external ramps generate an inclusive, legible, continuous, organic, daylit visitor journey.
The Green Roof is a people’s park.
A waterway emulates Aalto’s original design demonstrating a ‘living’ model for urban water collection, cleansing, storage and reuse.
Water used in ponds and water/ice wall recirculates through wetlands for treatment.
Organic layering of internal and external forms reflects mountainous pine covered ridges.
Sustainable timber structural canopy combines layered CLT panels (Cross-Lam Timber) sculpting a timber landscape inside and out.
Folded plate perforated wind screen parametrically designed for light, view, wind and solar access extends Alto’s ponds to vertical plane forming a natural seasonally-responsive backdrop.
Water/ice wall creates a visual and auditory anchor – summer waterfall, winter icicles – with a changing patina seasonally and over time.
Daylight filters through the perforated screen and reflects from south facing skylights washing visitors with shifting light play throughout the day.
Natural materials – timber, copper screen, earth roof – welcome visitors with human-scale textures ever-changing with seasons.
Activated, flexible circulation space through the shop using ‘crochet’ curtain.
Layered skin – wind-shielded, highly insulated, airtight – stabilises internal temperature.
Controlled heat-recovery ventilation with geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling (backed-up by district heating) integrated in CLT interior.
The project was designed as part of an international architecture competition.
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