Thursday 12. June 2014
Serlachius Museum Gösta is a triumph of international cooperation
International and Finnish skills are combined in an extraordinary way in the new Gösta pavilion of Serlachius Museums. As a result of this co-operation, on 14 June, Mänttä will see the opening of an art museum that respects its surroundings and our most traditional Finnish building material, wood, all while showcasing unique structural engineering solutions.
Building the Gösta pavilion posed all manner of challenges. Regardless, the new museum building was completed on schedule, within roughly 18 months.
Architecture agency MX_SI from Barcelona won the international design competition organised for the Gösta pavilion, and architects Héctor Mendoza, Boris Bezan, and Mara Partida designed the building. Their design is based on connecting the new building to the old manor milieu. ‘Now that the building is finished, it feels like the dialogue has begun,’ they say.
The greatest challenges for the architects included preserving as many of the characteristics of the original competition submission in subsequent stages as possible. These included the relationship between inside and outdoor areas and the building’s subtle and delicate geometry.
A construction project brimming with challenges and successes
Even though the Serlachius Museums construction project posed many challenges, the designers, construction workers, and the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation stress that the project enjoyed an immense team spirit. Many saw the Gösta pavilion as the kind of project that comes along only once in a lifetime.
The building is supported by approximately 100 glulam frames that are visible from both the interior and exterior of the building. They support the building, create space, and give the building its unique character. The concrete floors are connected to the wooden support structure with innovative joints. This is a building with almost no 90-degree corners, which is testament to the importance of work done by hand.
The architects at MX_SI consider finishing the project in time their greatest accomplishment. A lesser, but nonetheless important, success was creating a three-dimensional effect on the wooden façade by inventing an ingenious way of rotating the boards.
‘We have studied the use of wood as a construction material, along with the related techniques, to create a space that houses valuable and fragile artworks in addition to fulfilling all its other functions, and we learned a lot. The technique in this museum building is very advanced, and it offers flexible opportunities to use the spaces within for various exhibitions,’ the architects say.
The largest design competition in Finland
The Gösta pavilion construction project started with the announcement of the international architectural design competition, in December 2010. The competition received no fewer than 579 submissions and became Finland’s largest ever architectural design competition.
For its next phases, a Finnish partner handled the project: architect Pekka Pakkanen of Huttunen–Lipasti–Pakkanen Architects. A-Insinöörit Oy was in charge of the structural engineering. Architects from MX_SI remained closely involved in further design and in honing the details throughout the project. Local company Jämsän Kone- ja Rakennuspalvelu Oy was the main contractor for the pavilion.
Serlachius Art Museum Gösta
The old manor was built in 1935. Architect Jarl Eklund designed it for Gösta Serlachius to be used as an official residence.
The manor has been in use as an art museum since 1945.
The gross area of the new pavilion is approximately 5,700 square metres.
The building is 135 metres long and 17 metres tall at its highest point.
The building contains three exhibition spaces, of various sizes, along with a restaurant, a ballroom, and customer-service facilities.
Museum staff has work space in the building, and the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation’s collections also have appropriate storage and collection areas.
The total cost for the museum extension and alterations to the old manor was roughly 20 million euros.
The entire project was carried out with funds from the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation.
Background material: Questions put to MX_SI architects and their answers.
Further information: Director of the Serlachius Museum Pauli Sivonen, +358 (0)50 566 1355, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image requests: Susanna Yläjärvi, +358 (0)40 166 3480, email@example.com
Thursday 3. April 2014
The completion of Gösta’s pavilion comes closer day by day. The handover of the spaces starts 17 April, even though the work will continue for about two weeks after that at some parts of the house. The coating work of the interior of the house has almost been completed. The delivery and installation of the restaurant’s furniture and fixed furnishings are in the making. The wood furniture for the foyer, restaurant and office spaces is also under way, as well as the metal furniture for the collection spaces.
The facade cladding of the building is close to finish. The tile cladding of the facade and work on glass link are in progress. The installation of the camera columns has begun. The landscaping work starts weather permitting. The renovation of the old manor is coming to an end and the change work of Autere cottage begins in mid-April. The foundations of the bridge to Taavetinsaari have been constructed and the bridge itself will be lifted to its place on the second week of April. About 130 persons still work on the site. Image: Juha Roponen.
Tuesday 4. March 2014
The link connects the old and the new museum
Finishing work is under way throughout the new pavilion. Inside the building, the main work will be done with the suspended ceilings, because all concealed technical installations must be performed first. The suspended ceiling installation will go on until the end of May. The most of the parquet and stone floors have been completed. The floor installation in the office part will be started during the next couple of days, as well as the finishing of the basement floor. As for the work outside the building, facade weatherboarding starts to reach its final stage, and cast of loading routes and facade weather tiling are equally under way. The floor of the glass link has been cast and the roof completed. Glazing of the link starts within few days. The renovation in the old manor has been commenced, and change work in the Autere cottage begins in April. The foundation work of the bridge leading to Taavetinsaari is also in progress. The steel frame arrives in Mänttä at the beginning of April. Altogether 130 people work at the area. Image: Juha Roponen
Tuesday 4. February 2014
Ready surfaces inside as well as outside
At present, people dig into work practically everywhere within Joenniemi area. Installation walls of the exhibition spaces and surfacing of the floors are under way at Gösta’s pavilion. Currently, work at false ceilings and waterproofing of wet spaces is in progress around the whole building. Technical installation work such as electrical, ventilation and plumbing installations progress side by side with the construction work. Foundation work related to the brigde leading to Taavetinsaari has commenced and a walking path around the island as well as particular panorama spots have been cleared. Foundation work for these paths has begun. The thinning-out work aimed to open the landscape has been completed. Also the renovation of the old manor has begun. The construction contractor of the pavilion building Jämsän Kone- ja Rakennuspalvelu as well as Energiatekniikka Oy along with Sähkötyö Ari Heinonen are responsible for the work. Restoration of Autere cottage starts in April. Until then, the cottage operates as site lunch canteen. Currently 130 people work within the area of Joenniemi. Image: Susanna Yläjärvi
Tuesday 31. December 2013
Less than four months to completion and the pace of work still grows faster. Winter chill has not yet tightened its grip so also exterior work can be performed in quite good conditions. External facing is still in progress (glass walls, sheet metal works, boarding), stone works (paving and wall tiling) as well as landscaping. All contractors proceed rapidly with interior work. The house conceals many small details, which not only need to be designed carefully, but also require carrying out of a model work that the architects and client first approve. The image above shows model works related to stone flooring, stairs, board cladding and stone paving. One week before Christmas there were 98 workers on the site. Images: Juha Roponen
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