New Aviation Museum, Vantaa FI, 2016
HZ was asked to develop a concept for the New Aviation Museum and study a new location for it as part of the mixed-use Aviapolis Masterplan (by HZ) at Helsinki Airport. In order to make the best out of limited resources and to optimize land-use we conceptualized a compact single volume, a simple shed, that draws its reference from aviation infrastructure. In designing the volume of rectangular forms, we have translated the diverse program into a structure that while remaining open in its feel, still manages to keep the specific uses housed within – office areas, work-shops, archives, conference spaces and simulators – defined through a series of tightly stacked boxes. Under one big roof pane the hangar-like raw space provides a flexible exhibition space. Wrapped in a facade composed of glass and steel the museum turns into an urban vitrine show-casing the history of Finnish aviation and enlivening the surroundings.
Client Senate Properties, Helsinki University, City of Helsinki
Team Tommi Mäkynen, Mirjam Niemeyer, Michelangelo D’Ettorre, Roberto Schumacher
Collaborators Krayer Architektur, Andreas Buschmann