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Helsinki - Opera House - Music Centre - IBA

site description

The area reserved for the Music Centre was located in the centre of Helsinki, on the Toolonlahti bay, opposite the Parliament House, close to the National Museum by Saarinen, Alvar Aalto's Finlandia Hall, and The Chiasma Museum of Contemporary Art by Steven Holl. Our main aim was to connect all the important surrounding functions with each other and the main city centre, through minimal means; we found that by spreading out all facilities we could cover the whole site with only a 2 and 3 story building. Using the roof to bring in light and to overcome the differences in levels in the surrounding terrain; thereby physically connecting all surrounding program.