Guggenheim Helsinki

Design Competition proposal

+ Malcolm Reading

One of six finalist entries.

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.
A majestic public place in the city.
The towers are gathered around a soaring catheral-like central space, providing a unique home for public events on the waterfront.
A chest for treasures.
The galleries are housed in introverted timber cabinets, stacked within the towers. Bridges between the towers offer the visitor valuable respite with a sequence of new viewing points.
A showcase.
By drawing on the experience of local craftsmen to use local products in the application of simple construction techniques the towers will become a source of local pride.
Expanding heritage.
The play of light and shadow with the massive forms of the towers fashions a new architectural icon and a fitting home for the Guggenheim.

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