Update - 31 May 2019
THE PARADIGM - The New National
The Paradigm is a new extension of the National Museum of Finland which is located in central Helsinki. The main idea is to introduce a new contemporary element to the existing building and surrounding neighborhood while creating a respectful design. The new museum annex is a perfect square box which floats above the ground giving a visual connection at the ground level between the two existing building in the site. The radiant grey color of exterior façade makes the building blend into the site, and from a distance, the cube can be barely seen.
The building is actually formed by two cubes, an outer cube which is the building envelope and an inner cube which is a layer cube. A 34 meter high space between the inner and outer cube opens directly to view of the sky, and acts as a lobby atrium. The stairs spiral around in this open space for circulation. The building inner cube is supported by eight large columns. The load of the two cubes are transferred to these columns by floor to floor ceiling trusses at the 2nd and 6th floors. The outer envelope is suspended from the top trusses by tension rod cables and are covered with fabric to give an informal and experimental character to the outer shell and interior. Trusses on the sixth floor create a small channels for the restaurants and lead to make a different schemes at each room. Roof is transparent, by letting natural light to the lower levels of the building and into each restaurant rooms. Last, but not least, I realized that how a simple shape is powerful and a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, especially the set of all inflected forms based ona single stem them
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