Ted Schauman & Jonas Nordgren in collaboration with Schauman Architects Ltd
The “Landforms & Artforms” project builds on the idea of bringing the subtle qualities of the Finnish archipelago into the new Guggenheim museum. The conceptualisation of the project is based on studies of the “typologies” of the archipelago and introduces these to the way the museum is experienced and composed.
Landforms and Artforms – An Urban Archipelago
The typologies range from vegetated rock based islands and underwater reefs, to smaller sand-based atolls with little vegetation and vegetationless skerries and cliffs that penetrate the sea. All of these together contribute to the unique perception of the archipelago, and this project aspires to convey that perception to the visitor of the new Guggenheim museum.
The Guggenheim Helsinki thrives from the Finnish culture as subtle combinations of physical qualities and establishes itself as an open civic cultural node in the very heart of the Finnish capital on a site that is flanked by the city, the park and the sea.
It becomes a museum that resonates with the local citizens, the people of Finland, as well as the international visitors who want to experience extraordinary contemporary art in a truly unique environment, on an island under the treetops, in the Finnish archipelago. The art experience will be an archipelago of experiences where cultures blend and exchange, thus vitalizing the urban environment of Helsinki. It will be a memorable experience for the local Finnish audience as well as the international visitors arriving from abroad.
Competition: Guggenheim Helsinki
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Project Name: Guggenheim Helsinki; Landforms and Artforms– An Urban Archipelago
Architects: Ted Schauman & Jonas Nordgren in collaboration with Schauman Architects Ltd
Design Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, Ludvig Holtenäs, Simon Sköld, John Philip Edstrand
Photo Credits: Schauman & Nordgren