Jaakko Heikinheimo, Ark SAFA
Tommy Degerth, Ark SAFA
Albanor Krasniqi, Ark SAFA
Year: 2017
The competition proposal ''Helminauha'' (engl. necklace) for the Tampere Contemporary Art Museum's competition is designed as a solution for a flexible exhibition space with a minimum negative impact on the are of public spaces.
Helminauha is a proposal for a new, pulsating district. The plan connects the existing Urban functions together, underlining simultaneously the historical elements of the area.
The plan strives for an urban and compact environment, while keeping Pyynikintori and the Art Museum area as the cultural center of the city. The proposal leaves lots of space for culture, sports as well as the needed framework for recreation.
In its current form, Pyynikintori is a deserted, dying neighborhood. It is mainly used as a parking lot, where a rusty lamp post tells about its past. Due to the low activity and inhuman scale, it does not serve its user that much. In the proposal, the functions of the market have been distributed into smaller units. This gives the area a human scale, where users can find each other in an the pro-urban environment. The increasing residential population needs an active center for its users.
The new bus terminal located next to Pirkankatu and the office building standing on top of it serves as one of the area's new landmarks. The facade of the building takes over the space by making its surroundings active. At the same time, however, it strongly respects Pyynikintori, giving it space and peace in its traditional context as a market square. The bus terminal also calms Pyynikintori, preventing noise pollution from being carried to the market. Frames are the limiting theme at the market, which also includes the aforementioned terminal. The functions necessary for the market are placed under the frame. These act as animators of the market and free their visitors from unnecessary market clutter.
With the help of landscaping, the existing park at the southern end of the square is raised to its value again. The daycare takes over part of its bright park. In order to make the area more compact and lively, residential and office buildings have also been planned for Pyynikintori and its surroundings. In addition to this, the plan creates a culmination point for culture, recreation and sports in Tampere.
Lobby services                                                Office and library                                                   Showrooms
Entrance hall 190m2                                          Manager 15m2                                                       Loading area 210m2
ticket office & work space 32m2                       Office space 200m2                                               Elevator 10m2
museum shop 100m2                                         Meeting room 200m2                                            Storage area 20m2
Store warehouse 20m2                                       Break room&kitchen 20m2                                   Exhibition window 20m2
Clothes storage 30m2                                         Copying 40m2                                                       Waste20m2
Toilets N 24m2                                                   Stock 10m2
Toilets M 24m2                                                   Social facilities N20m2
Toilets, disabled & childcare 10m2                    Social facilities M20m2
Coffee station & catering kitchen 32m2            WC facilities 10m2
                                                                            Research library and workspace 60m2
                                                                            Cleaning 3m2

Masterplan 1:1000

Scope information
Residential areas 3090 GFA
Office 3090 GFA
Commercial 400 GFA
Public 300 GFA
Underground parking facility 7900 GIA
Pyynikintori is a subtle and small-scale urban space with architecture flanked by tall classicist and functional buildings. The pavilion-like canopy of the plan is a natural addition to the architectural stratum of the area, framing some of the more historically elements and their deserved glory. With the help of markets or concerts, various cultural events reach their glory with a suitable setting.The market square is part of the pearl string ensemble of the new museum area, forming its own delimited block. The facades of the new pavilion buildings under the market roof look at the unified material world of the museum area, creating a whole and urban whole from the area.
The new bus terminal, together with the tram stop, parking facility and taxi stand, form a new traffic hub. The three-story hybrid office building planned on top of the bus terminal is an important and characteristic addition to revitalizing the area. The employees of the office building also strengthen the attractiveness of the area at the request of restaurants and cafes.
The parking spaces will be on the level below the pyynikintor. In this way, the parking lots in the area will be freed up for more efficient and urbanely pleasing use by bringing a suitable framework for supplementary construction.Aktiivitor organizes the organization of various cultural events. In the summer, the students of the conservatory can present their musical creations on the Pyynikintori stage. There is also the organization of various markets, including the tables that can be rented from the market cafe. In winter, the skating rink surrounds it from the perspective of the residents' and employees' environment.
A view of the Tampere Art Museum's new exhibition spaces
Masterplan 1:500
section 1:500
A view from the lobby of the new museum building to the new exhibition spaces.
Groundfloor floorplan 1:200
1st floor floorplan 1:200
2nd Floor floorplan 1:200
Facade 1:100
Tampere Art Museum area​​​​​​​

Like Pyynikintori, the new Tampere art museum complex is also a frame. Like the old block pattern, it also creates a safe courtyard environment for its visitors. The new and old building masses create a playful dialogue that the surrounding residents can follow as the rhythm of the day changes. The museum's lantern-like ''lenses'' remind of their existence from afar, drawing long shadows of passers-by in the area. The extension of the Tampere Art Museum respects the history of its location by fitting an ancient village-like solution to the site. The plan will raise the value of the withered park, while at the same time tying its activities to the adjacent workers' museum. The pearl string is a tribute to the other wooden blocks of Tampere. During the day, the lenses bring appropriate amounts of light into the showrooms. At night, the sculpture park in the courtyard is illuminated by its surrounding facade cladding.
First lens: Exhibition premises, and the main entrance
The first of the five lenses is a bright and largely translucent lobby space. A cafe and a bookstore together create a comfortable living space.
The activities on the upper floor are meant to make the visitor curious about the mystical space downstairs.
The exhibition spaces will be placed entirely under the deck. The desired lighting conditions, from complete darkness to adjustable overhead light, are thus up to the curator. Amurinpuisto is then left on top of the deck for the townspeople to enjoy.
Stairs descend from the lobby to the exhibition spaces. Completely leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the visitor experiences the space's light, art and architecture in an unprecedented way. According to the curator's plan, the spaces connect to each other in a surprising or serene way. Open masses without load-bearing walls create an opportunity for flexibility.

Second lens, light shaft
An adjustable overhead light is often a desired form of light in galleries. The twelve-meter-high exhibition space gives its visitors a completely new approach to different art forms. Compared to the low spaces, these "chasms" provide a suitable contrast.

The third lens, the logistics center
The logistical side of the museum is organized on the north side of the plot. The quiet location guarantees that even a large truck can be loaded into the dry interior, from where the art is placed in the gallery spaces in the order desired by the competition program. A ventilation machine room will be placed on the second floor of the building.

Fourth lens, Library and office
The museum's management and other staff get bright spaces between the museum's courtyard and Puutarhakatu. The premises have been divided as relaxed as possible, so that the employees can find their own desired working conditions. Thanks to the spaces that can be merged, employees can influence the suitable working conditions even better.

Fifth lens, second shaft
One of the light lenses is still a source of natural light. Both high spaces can be closed from light sources. Such a large volume is suitable for video art.

In the middle of the lenses: The yard
When the lenses merge with the old building base, a public courtyard is created in the middle. The sculpture park and pond at its core create a peaceful living room for its users. The lantern-like masses always keep their surroundings naturally lit. Visibility also makes the area safer.

Energy efficiency
The double facade is an excellent insulating buffer for buildings. In winter, the sheath forms an air barrier for the building masses. In summer, the facade acts as a ventilated cooling factor. Glass planks combined with a reinforced concrete structure is a fast and inexpensive form of implementation.
Visualisation of the exhibition premises
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