Alvar Aalto Museum Extension
Location: Ruusupuisto, Jyväskylä, Finland
Client: Alvar Aalto Foundation & City of Jyväskylä
Program: Museum extension & shop
Size: 280 m2
Status: Competition proposal
Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, Ludvig Holtenäs
The “Tabernae” project proposes a versatile and flexible connection between the Museum of Central Finland and the Alvar Aalto Museum. The extension does not only become a functional link between the museum and a shared shop, but also a new social heart for the museum – a fantastic space in the green that respects and emphasizes the architecture of the existing buildings. A wide ramp along the western facade of the extension connects the two museums seamlessly together.
The museum shop and its utility spaces are located on the floor below (+85.690), thus creating a light space with a high ceiling towards the lush landscape wedge in the east. The large staircase from the Museum of Central Finland takes the visitor down to the shop area and functions as the new social heart of the building. On the staircase, one can sit and overlook the activity in the shop or gaze at the beautiful landscape through the large glass facade.
The tall ‘tree-like’ columns that support the roof aim at introducing a sense of lightness to the space – as if the wild forest in the west continued through the extension to the eastern side, thus minimizing the impact that the new extension has on the existing landscape. The ‘Green Tabernae’ introduces a subtle, but powerful extension to the two existing museums.