Status Competition
Client Serlachius Gosta Museum
Program Museum
Area 4.500 m2
Location Mantta, Finland



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Extension vs Expansion — Joenniemi Manor is the epitome of the legacy of Serlachius on the landscape of Mantta: a monolithic silhouette in a carefully balanced relationship with the delicate natural environment. The conversion of this domestic construct into a museum transformed it into a public place giving it new significance.
As the museum has grown inside the house, functional inadequacy is increasingly evident (domestic scale can no longer support demands of public use). The new Gosta-Serlachius museum must take full advantage of the idyllic setting, without becoming subordinate to its new counterpart?
To protect this privileged location and to create a truly integrated institution, we propose a new hybrid: rather than an independent annex, the new museum program evolves from within the existing manor. The amalgam of existing manor with new museum offers a compact solution, respectful of the surrounding landscape and faithful to the original intent of the Manor House in a garden setting.

In collaboration with FOR-A and Panoptikon