Located in the heart of the city, the museum borrows the typology of a traditional city block Kortelli, and is rendered with surface charred wood reminiscent of a pre-fire Helsinki.
This staid wooden block is brought to life by employing the country's advancements in hydraulic technology. It morphs at will, into mythological symbols from the Kalevala, native to the child in every Finn.
This is in line with the inherent character 'Sisu - a modesty matched with slight quirkiness of spirit. Dynamic and never the same on two visits, the museum becomes a spectacle of the city.
Precariously balanced between the historic city and its future, it is an attempt at new collective consciousness of the people of Finland.