17 Jan 2019

The new Architecture and Design Museum – Building Design Studio Course

ARK-E2003 Building Design Studio 2
A design course for max. 30 master level students

Tuesdays at 13-17

Responsible teachers
prof. Antti Ahlava antti.ahlava@aalto.fi
main instructor: Alejandro Campos alejandro.camposuribe@aalto.fi

course instructors:

Pauliina Kujala pauliina.kujala@live.com
Meri Wiikinkoski wiikinkoskim@gmail.com
Ossi Konttinen ossi.konttinen@bm-ark.fi
Selina Anttinen selina.anttinen@aoa.fi
Matias Kotilainen matias.kotilainen@aalto.fi


What is a museum? What is museum architecture? What is museum architecture for architecture and design? What can be the relationship of a museum and its site?

– A report recommends that a new world-class state museum of architecture and design be established in Helsinki. The report commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the City of Helsinki, the foundation for the Design Museum and the foundation for the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre was submitted to Sampo Terho, Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport, and Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki, on 21 August, 2018:


According to the report, Finland needs a new, top-class museum of architecture and design. Finnish architecture and design attract interest at both the national and the international level. The important collections of the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum and the demand in the field lay a strong foundation for the development of a new museum complex.

The museum should speak widely to different groups of visitors. According to the report, it would also play an important role as a data bank for architecture and design, a learning environment and a visitor attraction and inspire societal discussion.

The report proposes that the museum be located to a new building with interesting architecture and design and meeting the requirements of modern museum operations.

The study course will be accomplished parallel to a similar study course at Tampere University, Department of Architecture, led by prof. Fernando Nieto and univ. teacher Jenni Poutanen there.

A museum as a cultural agent can express its activities in different manners and it is the task of the students on this study course to explore those possibilities with architectural tools.

The following table is an attempt to list variables essential to two different perspectives in architecture and design for a museum. The alternatives have been listed here without any selection or recommendation pointing to an optimal solution in this case. This type of comparison can support the creation of a strategically distinct profiles of the museums in different student works. 

It might be stated a museum should just be an empty envelope, which can display and support all sorts of approaches without clear own strategy or selection. A museum should become an active agent in culture.