A MUSEUM INTEGRATED INTO ITS SURROUNDINGS, A
The new Guggenheim Museum is a series of urban, architectural and
artistic promenades adapted to the port and waterfront. It is a jetty which
stretches out parallel to the quay, folding out and back in on itself.
A continuation of the public space, the museum has become a space
that can host all kinds of display, an autonomous pedestrian
infrastructure modelled on the highline and punctuated by architectural
With this project, we have tried to arouse the curiosity and aspirations of
the users in the shared spaces. The Guggenheim Museum thus
becomes a thriving part of the port, a focus point for the city. It is a
functional building integrated into its environment like a natural landmark.
With its two stories, it will not obstruct the view of the existing urban
A SCENIC BELVEDERE LOOKING OUT TO THE HORIZON
A site for rediscovery of the town and its port, the museum beckons
users, guiding them from the quays up to the highest points. The rooftop
events space is a true landscaped space with alternating mineral and
Functioning according to the seasons, two winding paths make their way
from the inside to the outside of the building. These paths, punctuated
with patios, play host to sculptures and allow light into the heart of the
FUNCTIONAL AND FLEXIBLE ORGANIZATION
The organization of the museum is simple and flexible, the exhibition
spaces forming the link between the project’s public and private spaces.
The Guggenheim Museum is a contextual project, a veritable exhibition
toolbox, made up of free, flexible and polyvalent levels. The exhibition
rooms and the route offer a wide range of organizational and modular
The atrium is an ideal space for exhibiting sculptures or temporary
installations. A genuine showroom, it is designed as a site of artistic and
The aim of the museum is to improve the public’s relationship with art
throughout the various spaces. It will transform the district not only from
an urban perspective, but also as a result of its social and cultural
influence. The new building exerts a magnetic force, and is capable of
influencing and organizing the surrounding public spaces across the
entirety of a landscaped strip. The overall impression of the project is
that of a functional and technical tool which signals the dynamism of the
city of Helsinki.
NATURAL FILTERING STRUCTURE
Posts made of light wood positioned on both sides of the window panes
filter the landscape like a birch forest.
Thanks to a careful, transparent arrangement, the Guggenheim Museum
is a showcase looking onto the city and the port, allowing users to see
the inner workings of the town and, above all, framing the view out to sea
like a window.
An events pavilion positioned on the roof acts as an information desk,
allowing passers-by to discover at a glimpse the latest cultural programs:
contemporary dance, theatre, exhibitions and previews.