The Sámi people live in harmony with the lands they inhabit. Their traditional livelihoods include coastal fishing, fur trapping, sheep herding, and semi-nomadic reindeer herding. The newly renovated museum building houses an all-new exhibition where culture fuses with nature, using the latest in museum technology to showcase and celebrate Sámi heritage. Interestingly, the principal architect of the new exhibition is none other than Harri Koskinen, the renowned industrial designer who has collaborated closely with Genelec for many years.
"My brief was to recreate a soundscape reflecting the multifaceted sounds of nature in Lapland, and design a technical solution for it," explained Päivärinne. "I knew that the open museum hall environment would be an interesting acoustic and thematic challenge since all of the seasons are presented in the very same room." Indeed, Sámi culture celebrates not four but eight distinct seasons which dictate the rhythm of life for Sámi people.
"I wanted to create a soundscape that would render a natural and authentic backdrop for the exhibition which puts the Sámi culture into context," he added. "Considering that the Sámi still live in close connection with nature, an interplay between nature and culture seemed like an appropriate starting point.