Kiasma – Architecture

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Kiasma – the Modern Art Museum in Helsinki reopened after being shut for refurbishment the day after I arrived in Helsinki for my recent visit.

The building was designed by the American architect, Steve Holl. Construction started in 1996 and it opened two years later in May 1998. It’s located in the city centre and with the Music Centre and Finlandia Hall forms a cultural axis leading towards Töölönlahti.

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I’d sum up the architecture with three words – curves, light and space.

From the outside it’s a structure of glass and aluminium cladding.

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Large windows at both ends of the building provide views over the city.

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Inside there hardly seems to be a straight line in sight.

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Access between levels is via a series of curving ramps and stairways

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Walls of windows and skylights bring in plenty of the limited Nordic light to illuminate the interior.

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