A slender steel volume parallels the quayside—its proportions recalling the modernist buildings in the surrounding urban context.

Project Name: GUGGENHEIM HELSINKI
Studio Name: LOT-EK

Studio: LOT-EK
Design Team: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano, Reza Zia, Virginie Stolz, Marcelo Ertorteguy, Sara Valente
Area: 200,000 Sqft Location: Helsinki, Finland
Type: museum / international competition entry
Consultants: Silman, Structural Engineers Design: 2014

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It is opened by two intersecting cylinders, with their timber- clad curves honoring Finnish architectural modernism. The first of these cylinders, at a gentle angle to the quayside, is a pedestrian street that goes through the building, opening its heart to cityscape and landscape.

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This opening becomes a public space: an accessible yet sheltered outdoor plaza and indoor cafe, framed by amphitheater-like seating rising up the curves of the timber cylinders. From this architectural crossroads one enters the museum itself. While one cylinder contains urban life, the other contains the museum.

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Here, a building-within-a-building, built entirely of local structural timber, contains rectilinear white-box exhibition spaces on two double-height levels. Where this wood-and-white-walled box bridges the open heart of the museum, its walls turn to glass. These window-walls are digitally programmable surfaces— transparent, luminous, cinematic, interactive, and tactile.

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In the dynamic interstitial spaces between white-walled box, timber-lined cylinders, and steel-skinned volume are retail, dining, performance, installation, and multipurpose spaces—plus spaces for possibilities yet unimagined.

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