Published by Rakennustieto
98 pages, Hardcover
9 3/4" x 9" (250 x 230 mm)
76 color and b/w illustrations, English
Of the 516 entries received in the architectural competition for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, an entry named ‘Chiasma,’ became the undisputed winner. The submitting architect was Steven Holl and according to Museum Director Tuula Arkio: “Undoubtedly any architect who was able to comprehend the nature of museum spaces in such a manner had to understand a great deal about art itself.”
This beautiful book documents in depth and in detail Steven Holl’s ‘Chiasma’ — a remarkable building that has proved an extraordinary vehicle indeed for the exhibiting and experiencing of art. Features include a unique ‘chiasmatic’ focal point where the journey to the unknown begins. Kiasma has introduced a new dimension to art museum architecture — one of spatial strength and absence of gesture.