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CLIENT: City of Turku

LOCATION: Turku, Finland

History and the Future. A landmark but not a distraction. These two dichotomies are what make this museum unique. It’s a building which requires an architecture of nuance to avoid it becoming either A or B, it must somehow become both.

How can a building be both historic and futuristic? And how can a building be landmark while also not distracting from a greater landmark behind it? These two questions posed by the brief require an architecture that exists between these apparent dichotomies, a position we saw as an exciting compromise that reflects the growing shift in 21st century culture to take ideas and positions previously viewed as infallible and re-frame and reconstruct them into positions of multiple nuanced voices. In addition, the building has no back to it. All sides face either onto the street or public squares, or the waterfront boardwalk. It is therefore important that the building is designed with activity on all sides, giving back something to the streets that it faces onto.

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