With offices in London, Paris and Milan, international practice Matteo Cainer Architects have produced ‘Taittogami’, a proposal for the Gösta Serlachius Museum Extension Competition for Gösta, Finland.
Incorporating Gösta Serlachius’s interest of wood and paper processing, the exterior is a series of unfolding roof planes resembling origami which frame the nearby lake and island. The interior features Kirigami principles of folded and cut shapes creating a series of complex architectural sequences.
Creating a harmonious and blurred connection with the landscape, fluid volumes will project from the existing house, introducing visitors through a progression of flexible spaces for exhibitions, conferences, educational facilities and public events. A lakeshore deck will create a transition between land and water for visitors which leads to a sauna within the body of water. The complex will mourish the mind and body, providing intellectual stimulation within a tranquil environment.
Keeping with nordic tradition, the building is formed with timber, integrating the outer walls with the structure into a single component to create illuminated and column-free spaces with unique qualities while still withstanding immense snow loads. Bitumen-coated weatherboarding clads the facades, angling and wrapping the inclined surfaces to emphasize their changes. Operable glazed fins will alter daylight levels inside during the different seasons.
Credits: Matteo Cainer Architects Ltd.
Location: Mänttä, Finland
Use: Museum extension
Client: Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation
Total floor area: 4,760 m2