Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki, Finland by S.LAB architecture
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: S.LAB architecture
Connection with the city
‘Art museum as a contemporary cathedral (of culture)’ – reflected in cityscape. Scale of new museum relates to the great churches of Helsinki.
Public spaces sequence – the public route
‘Maximizing public space’ – we propose not merely iconic, sculptural building but want to extend public space and make use of the opportunities which are on the site (views and harbor location). We limited the footprint and left as much free public space as possible. We multiplied it with a public in-between terrace and roof terrace onto which you are transported by public escalators. Thus created space sequence starting with bridge connecting the park with pedestrian deck, through Amphitheatre Stairs, Entrance Plaza, In-between Terrace and Roof Terrace is fully public and can be entered without tickets, independent from the museum and operate even when it’s closed. That’s where the city can partner with Guggenheim Foundation to deliver the building.
‘The world is already complex, we have to simplify’ – reflected in the shape of building External absolute, basic form of the cube slightly distorted by ‘pinching’ the corners makes it recognizable, unforgettable and unique. Large size of the museum building is mitigated by a reflective skin, which acts as mirror for the city, similarly to the nearby sea water surface. Facades which reflect the surroundings are never twice the same – they absorb the changing image of the city with changes of the weather, changes of the daylight, dynamics of transportation and pedestrians. Mercurial and ethereal appearance of the building relates to the contemporary art itself. Insertion of such a large structure in the city, which is always accompanied by discussions and arguments, in this case is almost unnoticeable.
Sequence of spaces – internal organization
Museum building is organized around three main elements of spatial program: 1. Large entrance hall with mezzanine and grand stair. 2. Multipurpose Zone / Rectangular Atrium with galleries around it and ramp for communication between the galleries levels. 3. Circular Atrium with Large and Small Exhibition spaces around it on two levels, which are connected with spiral ramp. Circular Atrium has a specially designed skylight device in the ceiling, which reflects and disperses natural light. All the other elements of the program are between those three main spaces. Generous Circulation / Events areas are available for all sorts of unprogrammed happenings and events.
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