The central installation—the pyramid—is not only an urban artifact but also a display; an inhabitable installation to be investigated and explored. Architecture, at least in the form and quantity that has been convened here, might best be experienced in a state of distraction.
The installation itself acts as a vessel, presenting the responses to an Open Call which invited practices from around the world to submit projects they have realised in the Nordic nations between 2008 and 2016. Each practice was challenged to self-categorise their project as either Foundational (defined as architecture that cares for society’s basic needs), related to Belonging (architecture which enacts public programs and creates public spaces, enabling people to become citizens), or in a state of Recognition (architecture which appreciates and reflects upon the values of Nordic society). Each have suggested how their project has—or, indeed, has not—contributed to the current condition of Finnish, Norwegian or Swedish society.