Sara Hilden Art Museum
5,000 sq. m.
Natta Sawetwanachoti, Ermanno Cirillo, Luca Rudelli, Naphapon Ponyiam, Numpohn Nilavajara
City of Tampere
The proposed Sara Hildėn Art Museum will serve as the new western gateway to the Finlayson area, providing a welcoming landmark that complements the existing cultural heritage buildings. It will also act as a connecting element between Wilhelm Von Nottbeck Park and the urban fabric of the former industrial cluster to the south. The Museum's design symbolizes the connectivity between the park and the city, with the central Foyer being the only transparent element of the building mass that frames the park behind it. Our massing approach aims to evoke a soft and enigmatic urban fragment, resembling a sculpture in the garden. We've limited the volume as much as possible through efficient design and the partial sinking of certain areas, respecting the existing urban structure's hierarchy. The morphological articulation stems from alignment with the urban grid generated by the old factory and the tilting of part of the building mass in alignment with the Finlayson Palace. The Museum engages every side in different manners, depending on the approaching direction, without a main front. The tectonic is dynamic, resulting from the simple tilting of a few rooms, giving a vibrant identity to the rigid structure. A translucent block emerging from the underground towards the south invites visitors inside the Museum, completes the framing of the gateway, and welcomes visitors redefining the open area in front of the Factory Shop. The connection to the underground parking facilities and more public functions of the brief is located here. Our main concept is to reconnect different parts of the city and generate new occasions of activities in the public space. The materiality of the Museum is fully brick, which embodies the qualities of the industrial heritage environment.