Alvar Aalto named his boat ‘Nobody is a prophet in his own land’. It was designed between 1954 and 1955 under the direction of Lauri Kosola, and it became the only means to reach his pilothouse on the island of Muuratsalo.
The project represents a new way to access the 'current home' of Aalto, the museum that bears his name and contains much of his legacy, connecting it with the Central Museum of Finland. It is achieved by an element that not only connects both museums but that is able to put them in value and benefit them in diverse ways, creating a new experience through the designed routes.
We consider it appropriate to add some value to the basic program, so we propose a vertical journey through the store, which relates the nearby vegetation, the moving water, the terrace over the Central Museum, the reinterpreted traditional house and a viewpoint towards the landscape of Jyväskylä.
The new store-tower sits on the ground by a half-buried basement that houses the building facilities and warehouses. A Finnish wood volume, suitably distanced from museums, is placed above it, allowing some space between the new intervention and the existing buildings. The tower will connect the different levels revealing a fragment of different landscapes in each point.
This viewpoint-tower will be built taking the traditional Finnish home as a reference, reinterpreting its construction in different levels, in a way that the ascent movement will mean also a shift through the collective imagination of the visitor. This may contemporarily resonate memory, tradition and landscape.
‘Nemo propheta in patria’
Paloma Baquero Masats
Juan Antonio Serrano García
Abraham Mingorance Ruiz