THE JUMINKEKO - THE NEST OF THE KALEVALA
The Juminkeko Foundation is located in the Juminkeko building,
a prime example of modern Finnish wood architecture that has been
designed by the internationally acclaimed Finnish architects Mikko
Heikkinen and Markku Komonen
Construction of the building was completed in 1999 as part of
the 150 Anniversary of the New Kalevala. The Ministry of Education
was the principal contractor. The Juminkeko building is unique
in that it recycles the structures of an old woodhouse in a modern
Juminkeko is also surrounded by 24 wooden pillars, which support
a roof covered with lingonberry and heather. The exterior of the
building has been treated with a mixture of tar and linseed oil.
The auditorium's log structures have been hewed by hand. The stairs
in the main entrance as well as the floor in the lobby and patio
have been built from post trees.
The building is located on Kontiokatu in the center of Kuhmo.
There are other culture services in the vicinity of Juminkeko.