Finland’s oldest city to get museum for 800th birthday

Turku’s Museum of History and the Future (Sigge Architects/Pekka Mäki)
Finnish firm Sigge Architects has won a design competition for the “Museum of History and the Future” in Finland’s oldest city, Turku, to celebrate its 800th birthday.

Its “Squāma” proposal contains exhibition spaces arranged along a single, internal pathway.

Visitors will enter the 7,000-sq-m facility through an open plaza and a glazed, sea-facing entrance that backs onto Turku Castle.

It’ll be the first building in Linnanniemi, now a port operations area set to become the city’s new art district.

Minna Arve, Turku’s Mayor and head of the design competition jury said: “Sigge’s design exemplifies the values of our city: experimental, sustainable, open, and always looking to the future while cherishing its history.

“With a range of schemes nearing completion along the banks of river Aura, we’re excited for the future of Turku as a European hub for art, music, museums, and food.”

The museum is scheduled to be finished in time for Turku’s 800th anniversary in 2029, but won’t open to the public until the end of the following year.

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