Architectural details at the Kunsthalle
– Asymmetry. There are two distinct rectangular volumes arranged in a striking off-centre layout. Asymmetrical massing was a typical feature of 1920s architecture.
– Round forms. The round medallions on the main façade of the exterior are repeated in the decorative detailing of the banisters, doors, and floors of the entrance hall and sculpture gallery.
– The ceiling. Look up: observe the attractive ornamental coffered ceiling and conical skylight.
– Natural sunlight. Each room has high windows allowing ample sunlight to enter the gallery. Note the staggered brickwork patterns of the window panes, which were fashionable in the 1920s.
Pekka Suhonen, ‘Kunsthalle Helsinki’, in Hilding Ekelund (1893-1984), Architect, Museum of Finnish Architecture publications, 1997.