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This competition proposal is a collaboration between Handegård Arkitektur as, ZIS (ZeroImpactStrategies) and VIZ Studio.
Keeping two main qualities in the area forms the basis for the urban concept. The museum park is kept as open as
possible, strengthening the green character and the connection between the Amuri and the Pyynikintori residential areas.
The Pyynikintori square is also kept as open and grandiose as originally planned, reintroducing the historic elements
constituting the square, with the new bus terminal.
Keeping these two large public spaces free from buildings means densifying the built environment along the Puutarhakatu
and the Pirkankatu (Heinätori), and more dense than if all 16000 m2 would have been evenly distributed on all accessible
building grounds. In both areas there is a mixed development of mainly housing and outward bound activities on the
ground floor, such as shops and services. All development has extensive combined basement parking / car-pooling.
The Pyynikintori square is developed into a new bus terminal (which also connects with the subterranean parking) and a
redesigned playground and cycling ground on the southern side of the Pyynikintori square.
The overall layout includes approx 16000 m2 of development, as intended in the overall planning (sub terrain parking
The character of the new urban development pays tribute to the historic traces found in the area - the original bus station /
gas station is reinvented into the covered waiting areas for the new bus terminal, a building that connects the outdoor
ground floor level with the subterranean parking underneath the square. The new developments are interpretations of the
modern free standing block development that transformed Amuri from the low dense wooden blocks, giving a lush green
feel to the whole Amuri.
The museum draws its inspiration from the original granary´s design as a pavilion, and respecting the humble scale of the
original building for the extension. The new museum extension is divided into several smaller pavilions, precise volumes,
separated by in-betweens that let light into the museum and lets the visitors connect with the museum park on the outside.
The basement connects all the smaller pavilions, and connects the old with the new.
The pavilions have their landscaping «shadows» on the eastern side of the Saarikuja, mirrored along the street. They form a
head of grain, and have a deeper connection to the museum building´s origin, as a granary. The transformation of the
museum yard between the existing museum and the extension plays on these shadows, marking spots for art and a new
interpreted design for the existing amphi. It also provides the new boundary for the wardens house, which is converted into
a unique artists residence and gallery / event space.
The original building, in essence being a container of grain, is also a conception applied for the new extension - the new
pavilions are containers of art.
The museum draws its inspiration from many layers of the Tampere community and its cityscape. Being an industrial city it
has a very «brown» feel to it, both when it comes to its working class ethics and its industrial brick-building tradition. The
roughness of its central industrial area is mirrored in the material selection and the detailing of the new extension, and it
resonates with the old granary building as well. The granary building is elaborated in its details and the new extension
repeats this in a very subtle and more modern way. It is a frank and honest building, in tune with the Tampere mentality. The
brick detailing forms a pattern inspired by the breeze blowing over the acres of rye, and thereby disrupts the traditionally
regular pattern of the brick layers.