KIASMA MUSEUM STEVEN HOLL PDF

Kiasma was designed by American architect Steven Holl. The museum opened to the public in The exhibition spaces in Kiasma are located on four floors, in addition to which there is Kiasma Theatre on the ground floor. Materials Kiasma is made of Light lives in Kiasma The most important building material in Kiasma is light. Architect Steven Holl was fascinated by the natural light in Finland, the way it lives with the changing seasons and times of day. The shapes and textures of the building were designed with light in mind.

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Save this picture! While the need to showcase the cultural treasures contained within is self-evident, the need to connect these sheltered exhibition spaces to the outside world is less so, and in some cases is overlooked entirely. Even monumental design that turns the museum itself into a sculptural element may fail to make a reference to its particular surroundings. The northern face of the museum. The eastern building volume is a twisted, curving mass whose southern and eastern faces are truncated where they meet the urban fabric.

Its western counterpart, meanwhile, is a more typical orthogonal extrusion. Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Visitors enter the museum through a spacious lobby with a glazed ceiling. This lobby serves as the starting point for stairways, ramp, and corridors that curve off to lead into the rest of the building. This irregularity differentiates each successive space, creating a complex visual and spatial experience as visitors pass through the museum galleries.

Contemporary artists produce an endless stream of unique works, and so a museum that showcases them must be able to anticipate and provide for anything ranging from the subtle and restrained to the grandiose and unpredictable. More than simple punctures in the ceiling, the skylights work with the curving, irregular lines of the building to turn light into a sculptural element in itself.

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Save this picture! While the need to showcase the cultural treasures contained within is self-evident, the need to connect these sheltered exhibition spaces to the outside world is less so, and in some cases is overlooked entirely. Even monumental design that turns the museum itself into a sculptural element may fail to make a reference to its particular surroundings. The northern face of the museum. The eastern building volume is a twisted, curving mass whose southern and eastern faces are truncated where they meet the urban fabric. Its western counterpart, meanwhile, is a more typical orthogonal extrusion. Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Visitors enter the museum through a spacious lobby with a glazed ceiling.

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Chiasma is indeed a scientific term indicating the intersection of filaments, such as optic nerves, in anatomy and the exchange of genetic material between two chromosomes in genetics. Why this quite uncommon world, dubbed Kiasma in Finnish, has also become the name of the museum itself becomes evident when examining it a bit closer. This attitude is particularly evident at the Kiasma, where contribution and participation to activities by the public, by children especially, is strongly encouraged. Nordic countries light differs from that of any other place: it changes substantially through the seasons and in Finland can frequently be a horizontal beam entering the buildings from directions that are uncommon at southern latitudes.

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