Photo: FNG/CAA, Pirje Mykkänen

Kiasma in Numbers

Kiasma is one of the three museum of the Finnish National Gallery. The other two are the Ateneum Art Museum and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, established in 1990, operated in the Ateneum building before the construction of Kiasma.

In 1993, Chiasma by the American architect Steven Holl was chosen as the winner from among 516 entries submitted to the design competition.

Construction commenced in 1996 to the accompaniment of lively debate.

The construction budget was 227 million Finnish markka, or 38 million euro.

Kiasma opened to the public on 30 May 1998.

During the opening weekend, 30,000 visitors flocked to Kiasma.

The gross floor area of Kiasma is about 12,000 m2 of which 9,100 m2 are museum spaces.

The volume of the building is 70,000 m3.

The basic unit of scaling in Kiasma is the human body. One of the fundamental measures used in its architecture is eye-level at the height of 165 cm.

Kiasma has five floors open to the public, connected by ramps, stairs and lifts.