Sara Hildén Art Musem - Competition

Location: Finlaysoninkatu, Tampere (Finland)

Organiser: City of Tampere, Sara Hildén Foundation, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Design: 2020

Result: 2021

Scale: 4.000 m2

Leading designers: LAB5 architects | András Dobos, Balázs Korényi, Linda Erdélyi, Virág Anna Gáspár

Project designer: Anna Beketova

Designers: Fruzsina Barta, Katalin Bartha, Guangrui Wang

Civil engineering: MTM Kft | Péter Markovits, Gábor Balázs

Local Consultant: Rajmund Sebők

Visuals: 1st – 5th: Pryłucki Bogdan, 6th - LAB5


Tampere is the biggest inland city of the Nordic countries, laying in-between giant lakes, looking back to an industrial past. By winning competition of hosting as European Capital of Culture 2026 they will organize art events and start many developments too. The Sara Hildén Art Museum has overgrown it’s scale so opened an architectural competition to design their new building in the heart of the city: the former industrial Finlayson area.


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The building proposed by LAB5 lays between nature and city in harmony.

The volume is shaped to preserve the existing trees. The playful roof heights and directions are aligned with neighbouring building roofs. The entrance area is protected by a bridge that has a key role in the inner circulation and keeps the street line straight. The Finlayson Palace and the former Factory Headquarters are visible from the glazed atrium.

The structure is made of wood.

The museum is inviting, interactive and accessible for all, provides a vibrant and inspiring institution for Tampere.