National Board of Education
The architecture of Sarka, the Finnish Museum of Agriculture, is based on age-old traditions, which gave a modern form to the building. The configuration of the building is simple: a mansion-like main building, which can be extended around the central edifice. The roof geometry and the height of the building make it a distinguished landmark visible from the main road.
At the entrance opens a panoramic view onto the vast fields framed like a picture. The plant arrangements are apart of the landscape, and the surrounding fields are also closely linked to the exhibition. The building wraps around a courtyard that is on a significantly smaller scale.
The red brick, typical of the historical Loimaa region with its clay soils is the main building material emphasising the sculptural form of the building. All technical installations that would break the geometry of the roof were hidden inside a continuous roof monitor. Complementary building materials include copper, concrete and timber.
The principal architect of the building was Sarlotta Narjus. She was assisted by Antti-Matti Siikala, Sasu Marila (project architect), Katariina Sewón and Ville Hara. The construction began in 2004, and the museum was opened to the public on 1 June 2005.
Source: Finnish Architectural Review 3/2006