Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition
‘When we launched the competition for the design of the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki, we hoped that it would inspire architects everywhere — emerging and established alike — to imagine what the museum of the 21st century could be and catalyse a global exchange of ideas about architecture and its traditions, urbanism, public buildings, and the future of cities’
-Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
The proposed Guggenheim Helsinki aims to be an innovative, multidisciplinary museum of art and design. It should be of the highest architectural quality, creating a meaningful presence in Helsinki and offering civic space where both residents and visitors can gather. The prominent site which has been reserved for the building sits at the symbolic gateway to the city from the sea, close to the historic center. The wider Eteläsatama area forms a significant regeneration zone.
The total floor area designated for the museum building is approximately 12,100 square meters, of which approximately 4,000 square meters will be exhibition spaces. All areas of the museum should be conceived in terms of how they support social interaction and the experience of art. The museum building is thought to include galleries, a flexible performance hall, educational space, a large café/bar, a smaller formal restaurant, administrative offices, practitioner spaces, collections storage, a retail store, and other facilities. Outdoor spaces for the display of sculpture and projects are also required.
Finland leads the world in sustainable bioeconomy. Creative use of Finnish wood, one of the country’s greatest resources, should be considered. Additionally, the latest digital technology should be incorporated into the design.
The competition for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki closed last September, becoming the most popular architectural competition in history with 1,715 entries. Each proposal is now anonymously presented in a series of two images, and a short description from the architects is available on the official competition website.
Since its inception, this competition has been organized to be welcoming, inclusive, and transparent, and the gallery presents a singular opportunity for the public to explore and consider the broad expanse of entries,”
-Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.
Hereby KooZA/rch proposes a collection of images carefully selected amongst the over 1700 entries for the Guggenheim Design Competition. The images were chosen as a result of their graphic and atmospheric content rather than the actual architectural proposal brought forward.