"Museums are traditionally treated as cultural outposts, a vessel that holds art with no relationship to the city. Through time, the museum has evolved into an urban sculpture but continue to lack relationship with its urban context. Today, art and culture are often generated by exciting events that exist beyond and outside of the museum complex."
The new Guggenheim is generated by organic adaptations of the cityscape and interior function. Series of waves reach up from the waterfront to give identity to the new Guggenheim, peaking to join the procession of spires that characterize Helsinki cityscape. Where each wave intersects, light sculpts and defines gallery spaces and visitor experience. The Cultural Passage creates a gateway to the city that links the city and terminal. It is inspired by the traditional courtyard buildings and split the galleries to provide a type of oasis, where visitors can rest, eat, or interact before heading to the next show. The museum experience allows for variation in activity that mirrors the undulation of the museum form. The new Guggenheim was conceived as a city activator. Beyond its capacity to showcase art, the Cultural Passage also provides a 24-hour semi-indoor climate-controlled cultural space that will serve as a platform for the development of arts and culture in Finland – to promote cultural education and awareness.
- Client: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, State of Finland, City of Helsinki
- Location: Helsinki, Finland
- Site Area: 18,520 m2
- Project Area: 12,100 m2
- Construction Cost: 100 million EUR
- Program: Museum
- Status: Competition
- Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Ryo Otsuka, Jason Loo, Taylor Williams