Sámi museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre SIIDA

Sámi museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre SIIDA uses modern video and audio solutions to introduce all guests to the exciting world of the Sámi people, their traditions, nature and the land where they live.

Client:

Sámi museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre SIIDA

Location:

Inari, Finland

Exhibition area:

700 m²

Year:

2022

Scope of work:

Multimedia concept, content development, design and production. Technical design, production and installation of showcases and structures. Technology supply and installation.

Interior architecture:

Harri Koskinen

Award

The European Museum of the Year Award 2024 (EMYA)

Photography:

Konsta Verta

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About

The Sámi museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre SIIDA are two separate organizations that are both responsible for organizing activities and behind the built of the exhibition ”Enâmeh láá mii párnááh – These lands are our children” in Siida.

The exhibition explains the different layers of the landscape using the Sámi concept of cultural environment which gives the visitors a window into the north: providing information on the ancient and vibrant Sámi culture and on northern nature, while also educating them on protecting and preserving the cultural environments of the Sámi Area.

 

History

The Siida building, where the museum is located, was built in 1998. It then went through extensive renovations during 2020-2022 to bring life to an updated vision of a modern building that allows for increased number of operations and more visitors, while still maintaining an atmosphere influenced by the Sámi culture.

Challenges

A major challenge with this project was creating a control solution for all the technical exposition equipment. We also had to keep in mind that this solution had to integrate well with the electrical and lighting system. And as that wasn’t challenging enough, we had to do it all during a worldwide chip crisis which delayed the arrival of many essential video and audio parts. 

Another challenge was building the big climate controlled glass showcases that had to then be shipped to Finland, where they were finally installed. 

Highlights

In the end we managed to overcome all the technical challenges and deliver on the ambitious vision in cooperation with Harri Koskinen team while maintaining top quality and functionality.

We were honored to work with the museum and nature center and of course all our partners and artists to create a technical solution that is worthy to tell the story of the Sámi people and their land. 

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