Steven Holl.

The story of Kiasma

The story of the Kiasma building began with an architectural design competition in 1992. The winner of the competition was American architect Steven Holl with his entry Chiasma; the term denotes that point in the brain where the optic nerves cross. Construction of the museum on Mannerheimintie began in 1996.

The name Chiasma was changed into its Finnish form, Kiasma. The opening of the new museum was celebrated in May 1998. During the opening weekend, 30,000 curious visitors flocked to Kiasma. Since then, it has consolidated its position as a meeting place of all Finns, the inhabitants of Helsinki in particular. The total number of visitors to Kiasma passed the three million mark in 2011.