The pool of 1,715 entries competing to design the new Guggenheim Helsinki museum has been whittled down to just six finalists. Each team of designers has been fine-tuning their presentation since December, knowing that the winner will be chosen on June 23, 2015. This esteemed competition brings with it an abundance of attention to the architects’ works and highlighted these designs in a free exhibit on April 25.
Submissions are kept anonymous so the jury can remain impartial, yet it is known that the final six consists of the following creators: AGPS Architecture Ltd., Asif Khan Ltd., Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050, Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, and SMAR Architecture Studio. Each of the finalists describe their submissions in beautiful detail.
Finalist GH-04380895: “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. The design encourages people to flow within a new cultural core that is linked to the rest of the city, through the port promenade and the pedestrian footbridge to the Observatory Park. ”
Finalist GH-1128435973: “The museum is composed of two spaces – one for exhibitions, the other a public forum – that come together in a dance involving art and the city, gradually engaging in multiple movements, from a pas de deux, to a pas de trois, etcetera.”
Finalist GH-121371443: “Our proposal takes the form of a Helsinki city block rotated to the harbourfront… In 1800s Helsinki city blocks were named after wild animals. The proposed new block will have the tactile familiarity of a pet’s fur. So we call this proposal ‘quiet animal’.”
Finalist GH-5059206475: “Helsinki is a city of interiors. Due to its extreme climatic conditions, Helsinki’s civic society blossoms indoors. Our proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki, 47 Rooms, extends this network using the architectural technologies that construct Helsinki’s interior citizenry: i.e. walls, doors, windows, and the machinery that defines atmospheric conditions… 47 Rooms means a strategic shift on Guggenheim’s identity: it embraces Helsinki focusing on interior climate rather than external appearance.”
Finalist GH-5631681770: “Due to its particular climatic conditions. There are 2 cities in Helsinki. Summer Helsinki and Winter Helsinki. We propose a Strategy that could offer back to the City an Interior Street, Public Space at no additional cost to be used also the 6 cold months of the year. The combination of 2 programs -The Museum -Gallery Art- and The Extra Space -Street Art- in a single building allows us to explore the relationship between 2 complementary worlds. Using both factors, we had the chance to add, subtract, divide… We decided to multiply.”
Finalist GH-76091181: “Five timber towers huddle together at the edge of the Baltic Sea, forming a shimmering beacon on the shoreline. Multiple forms produce an interplay of light and shadow that create an inspiring, enticing atmosphere, while glimpses of in-between spaces beckon visitors from near and far. The warmth and familiarity of the wood shingle façade creates a sense of belonging with the landscape, while an ethereal quality is expressed through its subtle oscillation, ruffling, as though brushed by the winds of the sea.”
Images via Guggenheim Helsinki