Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition




Guggenheim Helsinki´s project starts by becoming aware of the duality between “content” and “container” implied in the program, rational against emotional, Apolo against Dionisos, A reason against a feeling. Two buildings in one.

“Content” refers to the tectonic part, the envelope of the building and the space “in-between”. The other, instead, attends to the stereotomic disposition of the interior spaces. An accommodated and accurate space for the exhibition created from the idea of stack.

The project is influenced by the selected point in the site. The merge of Helsinki´s City urban scene with the sea port layout is legible in the plans of the building. A spiral as a reminiscence of the Guggenheim n.y., defines the museum and related it with the surroundings.

INSPIRED IN THE TRADITIONAL FINNISH ARCHITECTURAL SHAPES, The facades are resolved with a double translucent skin supported by a metallic structure. As regards the south facades (ETELARANTA, Laivasillankatu and makasiini port terminal) we design a mix solution of efte+glass that allows controlling the thermal and lighting gains. Two skins which enclose the vertical communication and the facilities. On the other hand, the facades looking to the sea and market square (north oriented) use a double skin glass which favour the thermal control and views.

Once inside, wood is the focus. Double CLT panels act as independent structure and as finishing.



From our point of view, an Art Museum has to be able to bring together all expressions of art and allow interaction between themselves and surroundings. Flexibility is a capital issue. All activities could happen at the same time in the same space. What if, suddenly in the middle of the museum you could see a music concert? Or even more, what if you could go to a theatre to see a picture?

We propose a theatre of arts, one Hugh spiral grandstand where the activities could change depending on the needs of the city. ArchitectureSculpture, Painting, Music, Poetry, Dance, Theater or Cinema could interact in the same space.



  1. Restoring and reusing makasiini port terminal
  2. Solar panels integrated in design
  3. Rainwater harvesting reuse.
  4. Vented cavity in facades
  5. Timber as a main material inside
  6. Flexibility in program and spaces
  7. Natural LIGHT as a principal element