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Finnish city holds design contest for art museum expansion

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The City of Tampere in Finland has launched an open international competition for a cost-neutral expansion of its historic art museum

The single-stage competition seeks conceptual ideas to enlarge the 1838 building, believed to be the third oldest building in the Finnish city.

Entries will also need to devise a strategy for regenerating nearby Pyynikki Square, currently a car park, and delivering new residential, commercial and office space to fund the expansion.

According to the brief: ‘The purpose of the competition is to find an architecturally high-quality solution to extending Tampere Art Museum which balances aesthetic, functional, technical, economic and sustainable factors. The competition will develop spatial starting points for bringing museum activities under one roof, and improving the attractiveness and visibility of its art collections through impressive architecture.

‘The competition also seeks functional ideas for a high-quality and viable redevelopment of Pyynikki Square. Designs should improve the general look of the square by reorganising the regional market activities. A key starting point will be the relocation of parking to an underground facility beneath the square.’

The museum building, designed by CL Engel, was originally built in 1838 as a granary. It was converted into an art gallery in 1931. The venue is currently home to a ground-floor exhibition called Moominvalley, featuring art works and models by Moomin creator Tove Jansson.

Earlier this year, the City of Tampere launched a separate competition to masterplan its waterfront Hiedanranta district. A winner will be announced shortly and images of all the entries are now available online.

The winner of the Tampere Art Museum contest will receive around £60,000 and the design contract. There will also be a second prize of approximately £38,000; third prize of £25,000 and two honorable mentions worth £12,500 each.

Applications may be drawn up in English or Finnish and the deadline for submissions is 3pm local time on 27 March.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

City of Tampere
Garden Street 6
PO Box 487
FI-33101 Tampere

Email: taidemuseonalue@tilatakomo.fi

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