The new link, In The Round, is at once both unifying and contrasting. Its design utilises the nature of circular form to provide an endless physical and functional connection between the two museums. Its difference lies in the natural contrast created when a circle sits adjacent to a square.
In The Round mimics the nature of forest life through the abundance of natural, dappled light. As natural light is ever changing, so will the internal character of the new link be ever changing.
As a drop of water in a lake, In The Round extends its circular nature into the outdoor spaces of Ruusupuisto through a series of ripples that provide a cohesive language for the entire site. The ripples further emphasise the connection of disparate parts as implied in the new link.
Using timber as its main material, In The Round seeks to make use of the abundant and renewable natural resources of Finland. Timber also imbues spaces with warmth and natural beauty, an interesting difference to the white spaces of the existing museums.
The circular form of the building allows for efficient construction through standardised parts. Trusses will be the same length, height and width, the glazing panels consistent around the exterior and the internal columns mostly of equal height and all of equal diameter.
June 8, 2017