Helsinki, Finland is home to a unique new art museum, Amos Rex. The historic 1930s Lasipalatsi building became its new home. Gallery space lies beneath a unique topography of hill-like shapes in a busy public square.
Visitors can shop, dine, and catch a movie in the restored Bio Rex theater. Those under 18 can enter the museum for free and guests 18-30 pay a reduced fee.
The Amos Rex was designed by JKMM Architects and is a new space for an existing museum, the Amos Anderson Art Museum, an eminent institution since 1965.
Significant research allowed the Rex to follow the existing building, one of the best examples of functionalist architecture, in style, color, and mood.
The undulating landscape isn’t just for looks. The galleries beneath can receive natural light through the windows if the curators choose. The surface is made of concrete tiles. Finland’s first external neon light can also be seen here.
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