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+358 (0)3 488 6800 | Gustaf, R. Erik. Serlachiuksen katu 2 | Gösta, Joenniementie 47 | Mänttä

wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11am–6pm
summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10am–6pm
Closed 6 Dec, 24–25 Dec, 31 Dec, 25 Mar and 30 Apr

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Thursday 18. June 2015

International architecture experts assess Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion

The publication Göstan paviljonki – pohjoisessa valossa/Gösta’s Pavilion – in a Nordic Light, containing the reviews of international distinguished architecture experts, has been published about Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion, located in Mänttä, Central Finland. Professors Jaime J. Ferrer Forés, Peter MacKeith and Juhani Pallasmaa have contributed to the publication. Impressive photographs have been taken by architecture photographer Pedro Pegenaute.

According to Professor Juhani Pallasmaa, a member of the Finnish Association of Architects, the fundamental task of architecture is a dialogue with both landscape and cultural background. In his opinion, Gösta’s timber-frame pavilion is appealingly adapted to its old manor house environment. “The southern designers have also recognised the variation of the northern seasons as well as the special visual essence and atmosphere of winter time,” he says in praise.

In Professor Jaime J. Ferrer Forés’ view, the building’s timber cladding is reminiscent of Finnish vernacular building tradition, and the variation of light and shade – of the forest. “Like the forest, the resonance of building frames and façade repeat the rhythm of the trees in the surrounding landscape. Northern light filters between the frame beams into the interior just like it does in the forest.”

Professor Peter MacKeith suspects that the competition programme’s desired use of wood as the main building material could have felt challenging to architects born far from the tree zone of northern latitudes. “The strengths of the design of Gösta’s Pavilion – appraisal of the site’s characteristics and sense of place as well as familiarisation with the material and tectonic inventiveness – spring from a fresh and invigorating approach, from a foreign, external perspective.”

Award-winning pavilion

Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion, which opened in Mänttä in June 2014, was designed by the Barcelonian architectural studio MX_SI. Since it opened, the timber-framed pavilion has attracted lots of attention in Finland and Europe. The pavilion and the architects who designed it, Héctor Mendoza, Mara Partida and Boris Bezan, have also won a number of architecture awards.

Göstan paviljonki – pohjoisessa valossa / Gösta’s Pavilion – in a Nordic Light is a 50-page soft-cover book with fascinating content and excellent print quality. Reasonably priced (€10), it is will satisfy the wishes of countless museum visitors and others interested in the pavilion’s architecture to obtain further information about the building.

The book is printed in both English and Finnish.

If you would like a review copy, please send a request to Serlachius Museums’ email address

Editor: Päivi Viherkoski
Graphic design: Teija Lammi, Grafemi
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Estudio de Fotografia Pegenaute
Printed by: Lönnberg Print & Promo, Helsinki
ISBN 978-952-7017-10-4
ISSN 1799-7720
Serlachius Museums publication no. 23
Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, Mänttä, Finland

More information: Head of Development Päivi Viherkoski, p. +358 (0)50 352 2567,