JKMM Architects designed a series of domed subterranean galleries for the soon-to-open Amos Rex museum in Helsinki, which bubble up through the ground to create a playful outdoor landscape.

The Helsinki-based practice renovated Lasipalatsi, a functionalist 1930s building in the Finnish capital, to provide a new home for the former Amos Anderson Art Museum, now called Amos Rex.

Lasipalatsi, which roughly translates as glass palace, is one of the best preserved examples of 1930s functionalist architecture in Finland. It was constructed in 1936 in preparation for the Olympics, which were postponed but eventually came to Helsinki in 1952.

Amos Anderson Art Museum chose the building for its new home as it had grown out of its former premises in a nearby converted newspaper offices. But the structure was not suited to housing modern art; “Could the building be converted into a new art museum? No. It could not be possible,” said Amos Rex director Kai Kartio.

As the city plan would not allow an extension to the building above ground, the museum and JKMM developed a plan to extend the building beneath its courtyard, which was formerly used as a bus station.

Over 2,200 square metres of gallery space was created in a series of domed spaces underground. The structural domes extend into the square above and are punctuated with angled projected skylights to create a uniquely shaped public space.

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  • Name: Amos Anderson Art Museum
  • Place: Helsinki