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Underground art museum bulges beneath the surface of Helsinki

Underground art museum bulges ...
Lasipalatsi Square has undergone a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation
Lasipalatsi Square has undergone a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation
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The refurbished Lasipalatsi Square from above
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The refurbished Lasipalatsi Square from above
A revitalization of Lasipalatsi Square in the middle of Helsinki has given rise to a peculiar set of pimple-like domes protruding from its surface
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A revitalization of Lasipalatsi Square in the middle of Helsinki has given rise to a peculiar set of pimple-like domes protruding from its surface
The undulating Lasipalatsi Square
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The undulating Lasipalatsi Square
A child plays in the new Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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A child plays in the new Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
A revitalization of Lasipalatsi Square in the middle of Helsinki has given rise to a peculiar set of pimple-like domes protruding from its surface
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A revitalization of Lasipalatsi Square in the middle of Helsinki has given rise to a peculiar set of pimple-like domes protruding from its surface
Lasipalatsi Square has undergone a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation
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Lasipalatsi Square has undergone a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation
The old Lasipalatsi Square
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The old Lasipalatsi Square
The old Lasipalatsi Square
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The old Lasipalatsi Square
Children play on top of the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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Children play on top of the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
A look inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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A look inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
A look inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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A look inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Interior of the brand new Amos Rex contemporary art museum for Helsinki
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Interior of the brand new Amos Rex contemporary art museum for Helsinki
Gallery space inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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Gallery space inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
13,000 cubic meters (460,000 cu ft) of rock was excavated as part of the renovation of Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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13,000 cubic meters (460,000 cu ft) of rock was excavated as part of the renovation of Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Interior of the brand new Amos Rex contemporary art museum for Helsinki
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Interior of the brand new Amos Rex contemporary art museum for Helsinki
Lasipalatsi Square has undergone a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation
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Lasipalatsi Square has undergone a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation
Gallery space inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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Gallery space inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
13,000 cubic meters (460,000 cu ft) of rock was excavated as part of the renovation of Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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13,000 cubic meters (460,000 cu ft) of rock was excavated as part of the renovation of Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Interior of the brand new Amos Rex contemporary art museum for Helsinki
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Interior of the brand new Amos Rex contemporary art museum for Helsinki
13,000 cubic meters (460,000 cu ft) of rock was excavated as part of the renovation of Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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13,000 cubic meters (460,000 cu ft) of rock was excavated as part of the renovation of Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
inside the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki
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inside the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki
Inside the Amos Rex museum beneath Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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Inside the Amos Rex museum beneath Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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Inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Gallery space beneath Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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Gallery space beneath Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Restrooms beneath Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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Restrooms beneath Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
The mounds and humps that now dot Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki might be mistaken for features of a skatepark
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The mounds and humps that now dot Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki might be mistaken for features of a skatepark
An exhibition entitled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab at the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki
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An exhibition entitled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab at the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki
To kick things off, curators at the brand new Amos Rex museum in Helsinki will host an exhibition entitled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab
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To kick things off, curators at the brand new Amos Rex museum in Helsinki will host an exhibition entitled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab
An exhibition entitled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab at the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki
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An exhibition entitled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab at the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki
An exhibition entitled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab at the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki
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An exhibition entitled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab at the Amos Rex museum in Helsinki
Visitors take in the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
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Visitors take in the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Lasipalatsi Square has undergone a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation
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Lasipalatsi Square has undergone a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation
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A revitalization of Lasipalatsi Square in the middle of Helsinki has given rise to a peculiar set of pimple-like domes protruding from its surface. The undulating public space is certainly eye-catching enough, but beneath hides a contemporary new art museum that is hoped to draw a crowd in its own right.

The mounds and humps that now dot Lasipalatsi Square might be mistaken for features of a skatepark, but actually serve as bulging skylights that illuminate the gallery spaces below. Some 13,000 cubic meters (460,000 cu ft) of rock was excavated to make way for these exhibition halls that make up the brand new Amos Rex contemporary art museum.

Gallery space inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Gallery space inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki

These curvy gallery spaces have no pillars and can therefore be used quite flexibly. The chimney left intact is a small but towering tribute to the history of the Lasipalatsi building on site, which dates back to the 1930s.

Formerly known as the Amos Anderson Art Museum, the refurbishment by local architecture firm JKMM is part of a €50 million (US$58 million) renovation of Lasipalatsi Square that gives curators a total of 2,200 sq m (23,700 sq ft) of gallery space to work with.

Gallery space inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki
Gallery space inside the renovated Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki

To kick things off, they will host an exhibition titled Massless from Tokyo-based digital art collective TeamLab, the same gang behind the spectacular Digital Art Museum to open in Tokyo last month.

Too see more of the inside and out, have a flick through our gallery.

Source: Amos Rex

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1 comment
Ilkka
I didn't even know that our capital city had a new museum!