Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition: the 6 finalists
“This open, anonymous, two-stage competition welcomes submissions from individual architects or established or emerging architectural practices from anywhere around the world.”
With this short sentence, the Guggenheim Foundation launched back in June the open competition for the new Guggenheim Museum of Helsinki. Following the successful case of Bilbao, a new Guggenheim will open in the European landscape, this time in the North.
Last November, the 6 finalists were announced, and the competition will enter now its second stage.
Here they are, still anonymous:
The design of the Guggenheim Helsinki and its woven landscape are based upon a sensitive and sympathetic approach to the context and nature of Helsinki.
Two-in-one museum. The project proposes two facilities that establish a dialog with each other – a museum made of two museums.
“quiet animal”. […] The proposal takes the form of a Helsinki city block rotated to the harbour front. Helsinki city blocks in the 1800s were named after wild animals. The proposed new block will have the tactile familiarity of a pet’s fur.
31 Rooms. Helsinki is a city of interiors. Due to its extreme climatic conditions, Helsinki’s civic society blossoms indoors. They form a robust network spaces that hosts and nurtures public life; interior public life.
The Evolution of Museum Space. We need a really radical change in how people use museums now. […] A new Experience not only for the visitor, but for the Citizen.
Adorning the waters edge.
A cluster of slender timber towers provides a stunning addition to the city skyline. The sculptural form lends the Guggenheim a „Beacon-like“ appearance, attracting visitors arriving by land or sea.
To be honest, among 1,750 submission we would have expected something…better? more original? Not sure what the best description is, but anyway, something that gives us…vibes.
For more info on the shortlisted projects and the next steps of the competition, here.