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Joenniemi Manor in Finalnd was originally built as a large residence before it was converted into a museum with 500 sqm of exhibition spaces. Due to its original planning as a home, large-scale travelling exhibitions cannot be conveniently displayed in the current exhibition facilities. In addition, the service facilities are insufficient, and the collection and office areas are also inadequate. The program, the necessary heights, and its integration with the landscape led to the idea of piling up the functions to minimize the groundfloor area of the building and keep intact as much landscape as possible.

Wood is known as the most important natural resource of Finland. More than 60% of the country is timbered. Based on this fact and the site on an island that is characterized by tall trees plus the special relationship of Finns to the forrest, the new museum designed by studioBang resembles a plant stem. A stem that gets sliced and scaled on each level to accommodate the different program.


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