Stage two designs unveiled for Guggenheim Helsinki competition

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Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The towers form a shimmering beacon on the shores of the Baltic Sea.

Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The towers form a shimmering beacon on the shores of the Baltic Sea.

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Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The design consists of five timber towers.

Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The design consists of five timber towers.

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Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The design aims to instigate close encounters between artwork and viewer.

Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The design aims to instigate close encounters between artwork and viewer.

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Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The design is a play of hide and seek, light and dark, wide and close, in and out.

Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The design is a play of hide and seek, light and dark, wide and close, in and out.

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Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The design consists of six independent volumes, including a lighthouse that offers a different perspective of Helsinki.

Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The design consists of six independent volumes, including a lighthouse that offers a different perspective of Helsinki.

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Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The design is apart of a new cultural core that is linked to the rest of the city.

Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The design is apart of a new cultural core that is linked to the rest of the city.

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Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The design is based on a sympathetic approach to the context and nature of Helsinki.

Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The design is based on a sympathetic approach to the context and nature of Helsinki.

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Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The charred timber facade of the proposed buildings represent the process of regeneration that occurs through forest burn.

Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The charred timber facade of the proposed buildings represent the process of regeneration that occurs through forest burn.

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Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. The proposed block will have a tactile familiarity like a pet's fur.

Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. The proposed block will have a tactile familiarity like a pet’s fur.

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Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. Public spaces will be wrapped in an intelligent textured glass skin to precisely diffuse light.

Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. Public spaces will be wrapped in an intelligent textured glass skin to precisely diffuse light.

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Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. The design includes seven timber-clad galleries stacked over a basement and three levels flanked by administration and open-format halls.

Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. The design includes seven timber-clad galleries stacked over a basement and three levels flanked by administration and open-format halls.

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Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. The design takes the form of a Helsinki city block rotated to the harbour.

Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. The design takes the form of a Helsinki city block rotated to the harbour.

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Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The design is inspired by Helsinki as a city of interiors.

Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The design is inspired by Helsinki as a city of interiors.

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Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The design contains a multiplicity of chambers and climatic conditions that will allow various museums together in the same building.

Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The design contains a multiplicity of chambers and climatic conditions that will allow various museums together in the same building.

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Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The design embraces Helsinki focusing on interior climate rather than external appearance.

Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The design embraces Helsinki focusing on interior climate rather than external appearance.

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Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The proposal includes three outdoor rooms.

Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The proposal includes three outdoor rooms.

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Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. The design acknowledges the industrial past of the site.

Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. The design acknowledges the industrial past of the site.

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Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. The design consists of two parts: exhibitions spaces and public forum spaces.

Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. The design consists of two parts: exhibitions spaces and public forum spaces.

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Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. At the dock level, the museum will act as a community centre, incubator for innovation and social commons for the city.

Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. At the dock level, the museum will act as a community centre, incubator for innovation and social commons for the city.

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Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. The exhibitions spaces will hover in the air.

Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. The exhibitions spaces will hover in the air.

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Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The design will include an internal 'street' that can be used all year round in Helsinki.

Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The design will include an internal ‘street’ that can be used all year round in Helsinki.

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Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The 'Extra Space' for street art.

Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The ‘Extra Space’ for street art.

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Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The design proposes to offer back to the city an interior street.

Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The design proposes to offer back to the city an interior street.

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Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The design offers two types of museums in one: gallery art and street art.

Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The design offers two types of museums in one: gallery art and street art.

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The stage two designs by the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki design competition – including two by teams with Australian connections – have been unveiled.

Anonymous finalist GH-76091181: Helsinki Five. The design aims to instigate close encounters between artwork and viewer.
Anonymous finalist GH-04380895. The design consists of six independent volumes, including a lighthouse that offers a different perspective of Helsinki.
Anonymous finalist GH-121371443: Quiet Animal. The proposed block will have a tactile familiarity like a pet’s fur.
Anonymous finalist GH-5059206475: 47 Rooms. The design is inspired by Helsinki as a city of interiors.
Anonymous finalist GH-1128435973. The design acknowledges the industrial past of the site.
Anonymous finalist GH-5631681770. The design will include an internal ‘street’ that can be used all year round in Helsinki.

The six finalists in the international competition to design a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland, were announced in December 2014. The finalists further developed their designs in response to feedback from the jury, and then presented their stage two designs in April 2015.

The two teams with Australian connections are SMAR Architecture Studio and Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (Cristina Goberna, Urtzi  Grau), Jorge Lopez Conde, Carmen Blanco, Alvaro Carrillo. 

SMAR Architecture Studio’s directors, Fernando Jerez and Belen Perez de Juan, both teach at the University of Western Australia. Their projects include the Paper Pavilion, Polyester Pavilion, Spiber Pavilion and Garden Pavilion, all built for a series of exhibitions and fairs in Madrid and Barcelona between 2006 and 2011.

Fake Industries Architectural Agonism was founded by Urtzi Grau, who is co-director of the Master of Advanced Architecture Design in the School of Architecture at UTS, Sydney. His fellow principal Cristina Goberna has also taught at UTS and is currently a professor at Columbia University. The studio’s projects include a new velodrome for the City of Medellín, Colombia, and a masterplan for the former mining village of Aldea Moret in Spain.

The other four finalists are:

  • AGPS Architecture (Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, USA)
  • Asif Khan Ltd. (London, United Kingdom)
  • Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Paris, France)

While the team behind each design will remain anonymous until judging is complete, the stage two designs will be publicly exhibited at the Kunsthalle Helsinki from 25 April, 2015. The Guggenheim Helsinki Now exhibition will also include 15 projects that received honourable mentions and more than 1,200 stage one submissions. Exhibition visitors can play a custom-developed Matchmaker Game, which pairs visitors with one of the six shortlisted designs based on an assessment their personality through the game’s quiz. The game’s app has been developed by American data scientist and taste researcher Hugo Liu.

The exhibition is curated by Troy Conrad Therrien of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, and Ashley Mendelsohn, project assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. “The competition is a catalyst to think differently about architecture and cities — and so is the exhibition,” Therrien said. “It aspires to promote an active dialogue with the citizens of Finland.”

The jury will meet in Helsinki following the exhibition to select a winning design, which will be announced on 23 June, 2015. The first prize winner will be awarded €100,000 (AUD$138,994) and each runner-up will receive €55,000 (AUD$76,447). See all the finalists designs here. To play the Matchmaker Game, click here.


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