The design of the new Guggenheim Museum is simple and strong, serving as a city landmark. Its appearance is derived from the “Genius Loci”. The bidirectional axis of the urban grid defines the torsional motion of the volume. The museum itself is a work of art mutated to emphasize the breathtaking panoramic views from the sides. Surround all three churches with different views, panoramic views, changing appearance at different angles. Therefore, museums continuously provide free art to their surroundings.

Project: Guggenheim Museum
Type: International Competition on two stages
Studio name Architects: BFarchitecture
Partners-in-charge: Bobby Fogel, Olfa Kammoun and Mohamed Bouzrara
Team: Tamara Bemerová, Katarzyna Buczyńska, Eva Trip and Friso Jonker.
Area: 12000 m2
Year: August 2014
Location: Helsinki/Finland
Consultants: Stability & sustainability Engineers: VKgroup.
Photography Credits: Visualization: MAV/ Mohamed Aouam.

Guggenheim Helsinki by BF Architecture - Sheet2
©MAV/ Mohamed Aouam

A footbridge welcomed visitors from Tähtitornin Vuori Park to the Esplanade, attracting visitors to seasonal outdoor program spaces and museums. This allows the area to attract and fill with dynamism where the inside and outside interact. The Esplanade with its café/bar can also be accessed from the city side via a staircase that can be used as a seating area for performances.

Guggenheim Helsinki by BF Architecture - Sheet3
©MAV/ Mohamed Aouam

The retail store is on his ground floor on the city side and the restaurant is on the waterfront with outdoor seating. The Guggenheim Museum has an unusual atrium that loops through the building in an infinite loop. It supports various functions such as exhibitions, performances, and lectures. The building’s vertical corridor atrium has ramps with rectilinear walls that highlight a unique aspect of the original Guggenheim Museum. One vertical corridor will visit artists’ exhibitions, while the other will be reserved as a research and educational center for up-and-coming artists such as students. A platform connecting both aisles serves as a social interaction between the audience and the artists. The upper horizontal bar is dedicated to the main exhibition of the Guggenheim Museum.

The façade consists of an excellent hermetic and thermal building skin. It is made of solid Nordic spruce slats that are stacked to create optimal light for optimal functionality of the space, offering a sustainable and durable design and being environmentally resistant. Reserve the volume.

©MAV/ Mohamed Aouam

Sustainable design at the Guggenheim Museum Helsinki encompasses many facets. In doing so, ecological, social and economic aspects are taken into account. Create timeless designs to achieve pioneering ambitions from an energetic perspective. The Guggenheim Museum’s energy concept is therefore primarily based on passive means, combined with renewable energy generation at the same time to provide optimum user comfort.

Special attention has been paid to aspects such as water, ecology, materials, health and management to minimize the overall environmental impact of the project. Therefore, the life cycle of the building is analyzed in order to obtain the most efficient solution. A sustainable and maintenance-oriented design depends on the concept, the choice of materials and components, as well as long-term operation (maintenance costs), environmental impact and efficient use of energy.


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