A Local Frame for a Global Icon
Our design for the Guggenheim Helsinki proposes a subtly geometric three storey space that sways to follow the curve of the harbor. Visitors enter through a dramatic entry that leans out toward the water to form a new pedestrian plaza. The frame of the structure is made from beams of indigenous Finnish Pine, Spruce, and Birch wood that wrap continuously around the space. A mechanically operable wooden facade would control the flow of natural light to the museum’s galleries and reveal the collection to passersby along the harbor.