In a large stretch below the Finnish capital lies a skyrocketing circus-top culture center. Will the 50m Amos Rex art museum put the city at the leading edge of Europes art scene?
B ulging white mounds rear up from the ground in the middle of Helsinki, tapering to circular windows that point like cyclopean eyes around the square. Kids rush up the high slopes while a skateboarder tries to move down one, past a couple posturing for a selfie at the top.
This curious landscape of funnels and bulges indicates the arrival of Amos Rex , a EUR50m ( 45m) art museum for the Finnish capital, which opens today in a large below ground area below a previous bus station car park.
“It is as if the museum didn’t rather consent to hole up,” states Asmo Jaaksi of regional architecture company JKMM , which masterminded the job, “and it’s in some way bubbling up into the square.”