Guggenheim Helsinki – The Promenade of Finland
Competition entry GH-6139012611
The design of Guggenheim Helsinki is conceived to impart an imperative direction towards the idea of transforming itself into ‘The Promenade of Finland’
The conceptual design evolved out of a series of questions:
• What does it mean to be a ‘Guggenheim’ in the present day?
• How will ‘Guggenheim Helsinki’ help to evolve the life and culture of Finland?
• Should a museum be a monolithic entity of big spans and huge volumes with a so-called ‘iconic’ statement?
• Is art created in isolation or is it inspiration from life and its surroundings?
• How can ‘Guggenheim Helsinki’ be an extension of the city of Helsinki?
The conclusions to these questions were through some counter questions:
• Guggenheim has the capacity to represent Helsinki in it own right, truthful to its culture and its ambitions.
• In which case, Can it be a series of small exhibition spaces, both open and enclosed, symbolizing the explosion of the waterfowl’s egg and that of a meandering street of a village?
• Can it impart a porous, free-flowing, and welcoming backdrop, like the nature of wind, for all the activities that it can hold?
• Sea is a natural magnet that drives everyone to its serenity and calmness.
So, Can the museum transform itself to a promenade?
Yes, it can be! And we call it ‘The Promenade of Finland’. It will hold and allow people to move freely, relating with the serene nature of the sea, monuments of the urbanscape and the museum exhibits and establishing a connection to the Esplanadi and Tahititornin Vuori Parks. A scooped out façade and the roof form helps in deflecting the westerly winds and making it a winter promenade. The entire structure is conceived out of a combination of glued laminated timber and laminated veneer lumber. The structural system is an interpretation evolution of the traditional log construction techniques of Finland.
BLuwuD + impasto + sealab