The essence of Guggenheim Helsinki is in its ability to connect with the people, the water, and the city. Located at a junction, where the urban fabric meets nature and wedges between water and park, the building presents itself as an inviting gesture connecting all parts. A dramatic void is hollowed out of a solid volume creates a unique enclosure encouraging movement and activity. This public space is a new room for the people of Helsinki and its visitors - the ‘City Room’. Visible from the water’s edge is a hybrid space combining an amphitheatre, exhibition and event space. It is both a place of encounter and contemplation. It’s a node where all the surrounding parts are tied into. The design balances a bold gesture with a modest profile. Its formalism is restraint, yet dramatic and inviting.
Location Helsinki, Finland.
Program Museum- Galleries for temporary and permanent exhibits. Multi-purpose halls. Class rooms. Cafe and restaurant. Public spaces.
Size 18,500 m2.
Client The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation.
Project Team Hout Architecture Inc. Samer Hout, Elizabeth Fenuta, Yi Zhang, Yulian Semenova, Natalia Semenova, Brian Oliveira, Jamie Carreon, Hector Carreon, Daniele Raimondo.