Museums in spite of being essentially public buildings usually turn their back on cities hiding behind their featureless facades. Our aim is to reverse this trend by instead opening the ASA museum entirely and bringing the exhibition to the streets of Ari.
Wide stairs dominating front façade of the building and entirely taking over anterior part of ground floor and mezzanine apart of serving as vertical circulation and exhibition can become a background to a variety of public activities such as open lecture, concert, film screening, art vernissage or simply a lunch break. In this way the museum becomes real part of Ari everyday life.
The exhibition space spreads throughout the whole building taking over parts of ground floor, mezzanine and both upper floors. At the top in can be used as a meeting room. Café and shop located on ground floor are easily accessible from street level. Office on mezzanine floor is located in vertical centre of the building, offering overview of the entire space. By being pushed to the side of main circulation flow it is optimal, undisturbed work environment. Toilets, wet and service rooms are located next to the lift in the back of the house and naturally ventilated.
The key exhibition space located on last two floors receive natural ambient lighting filtered through glass roof and a system of reflective metal surfaces. Apart of opening at the bottom the façade remains largely intact. ASA museum integrates its surrounding instead of dominating it.
Reduced materiality of museum includes steel structure, metal sheets in the ceiling, expanded metal, glass, polycarbonate and fair faced concrete. These sincere and easy to maintain materials create subdued background to both exhibition and human activities.
Optional natural airflow in the building together with controlled natural light intake lower the running cost of the structure.