Gösta Serlachius Museum in Mäntta, Finland

Date: 2011
Status: International Open Competition
Category: Culture (museum)
Tags: Gösta Serlachius Museum Mäntta Finland, Museum Extension


Client: Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation
Location: Joenniemi Manor at Pirkanmaa, Mäntta. Finland
Program: Museum extension
Study Area: 2 Ha
Area: 4.700,00 m2
Budget: 15.000.000,00€
Architecture: Gutiérrez-delaFuente Arquitectos
Collaborators: Paul-Rouven Denz
Model: Nivelmás Maquetas


A needed extension: the Gösta Serlachius Art Collection is one of the Nordic countries’ most significant private collections, extremely important even at the European scale. Among other works, it includes over 90 paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The Serlachius art collection was created when Gustaf Adolf Serlachius and Gösta Serlachius assembled their own art collections in conjunction with the growth of their industrial empire. The collection hosted in Joenniemi Manor needs an extension containing contemporary facilities for exhibitions, conferences, representation functions, offices, as well as a restaurant with auxiliary spaces.
Reinforcing the environment : the project deals at the same time with the cultural and natural environment and their historical layers. The aim is to reinforce the role of the main existing building and its relation with the landscape and the Paul Olsson gardens from 1920. The scale, the geometry, the steep roofs and the direct reference to the archetypical English country house built in red brick inform the proposal and is transformed contemporaneously in the main substance.