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Tammisaari, Finland

Chappe

What’s the museum in a nutshell?

In the heart of the historic town of Tammisaari, on the southern coast of Finland, sits Chappe, a shining beacon of modern art and architecture. Conceived in tribute to its founding benefactor, the esteemed Professor Albert de la Chapelle, the museum stands as a testament to his enduring passion for Nordic art. Despite the ‘pocket-sized’ scale of this three-storey art house, it plays a significant role within the constellation of cultural hubs in Tammisaari, a town known for its 18th-century timber architecture. This seeming paradox of size and impact is brought to life by the design mastery of JKMM, a Helsinki-based studio renowned for its significant contributions to Finland’s architectural landscape.

What is showcased?

Chappe boasts a diverse range of Nordic art, much of it from the extensive collection of its founding benefactor, Professor de la Chapelle. However, it is the collaborations with local artists and craftspeople that truly distinguish the museum. Upon entering the foyer, visitors are greeted by a large ceramic work by Karin Widnäs and a mesmerising light installation by Petri Vainio, featuring 35 125 reflecting shards suspended in the ceiling. Throughout the museum, one can find unique furniture pieces crafted by a local carpenter, each piece a testament to the rich tapestry of local craftsmanship. Chappe also serves as a cultural hub, hosting a variety of community events, further underscoring its importance within the region.
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery

What is the architecture like?

Chappe stands as a masterclass in contemporary design while respecting the traditional Finnish timber architecture of Tammisaari. Its black spruce exterior harmonises with the surrounding 18th-century buildings, while its interiors reveal a thoughtful blend of materials and natural light. The building’s design, led by JKMM founding partner Asmo Jaaksi, seamlessly integrates it into the neighbourhood, creating a structure that is as distinctive as it is contextual. The clever placement of windows offers picturesque views of the sea and the old town, immersing visitors in Tammisaari’s unique charm. Despite its modest size, Chappe is a compelling example of how innovative architecture can make a significant cultural impact.

What’s the region like?

Uusimaa, the southernmost region of Finland, encompasses a diverse landscape of bustling cities, charming coastal towns and verdant countryside. Home to the nation’s capital, Helsinki, Uusimaa offers a dynamic fusion of historic landmarks such as the iconic Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and contemporary architectural marvels like the Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Beyond the capital, visitors can explore the idyllic charms of Porvoo, Finland’s second-oldest town, with its cobblestone streets and iconic red warehouses. The region’s archipelago, consisting of over 1,000 islands, provides a unique opportunity for island hopping, sailing and outdoor activities.

Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
Chappe Tammisaari Uusimaa Finland art gallery
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Chappe
Gustav Wasas gata 11
Tammisaari
Finland

Photography courtesy of Chappe

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Chappe
Gustav Wasas gata 11
Tammisaari
Finland

Photography courtesy of Chappe

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