The Urbanism of Helsinki, as much as the museum’s program, plays a defining role in shaping the new Guggenheim located in Eteläsatama. Capturing the activity of the city’s south harbor, the project creates a series of terraces and courtyards, cut-out of the building’s mass, which extend the urban public space of the waterfront onto the higher ground of TahititorninVuori Park. The ascending movement of these terraces is echoed in the interior organization of the museum which is conceived as an architectural promenade of exhibition spaces and urban vistas. Tourists and residents, art and community meet through the new museum building and within it. The icon of cultural activity seen from a far becomes at close an urban landscape of courtyards and passages which enhances the experience of the city and its fellowship with the elements of nature.
It was intended to express Scandinavian honesty and openness in the Guggenheim Helsinki Museum building. Simplicity and extraordinary solutions can be found here.
Let the building of the Museum be the main gate to the city of Helsinki from the sea. It should be placed according to the urban regulations which shape the new building of the Guggenheim Helsinki Museum.
The Guggenheim Helsinki Museum is a “multi-functional” project that presents the Museum and other related services such as a multi-purpose space, a conference area, a retail plus a restaurant and a bar and lounge areas , and is positioned close to the historic center of the city in the harbour area just along the sea coast.
The environment present in the city is the cityscape that creates the characteristic of the town. It is a form of elevation that our eye can capture. It may be an expression of our needs to survive in the town. Furthermore, it would generate emotional and sentimental effusion by creating a memory out of it.
The Kamppi Chapel is located on the south side of the busy Narinkka square in central Helsinki. It offers a place to quiet down and compose oneself in one of Finland’s most lively urban spaces. With its curved wood facade, the small sacral building flows into the city scape. Simultaneously the chapels gently shaped interior space embraces visitors and shields them from the bustling city life outside.
As Oy Kalasataman Fiskari and As Oy Kalasataman Fregatti, and the connecting car park are the figurehead block of the new residential area built in Kalasatama, Helsinki.
The buildings are situated by the seashore. The architectural plan won a property lease competition organized by the City of Helsinki, and was praised by the jury for its unprecedented, personal and refined whole, giving the property a strong and new identity.
The Omenapuisto day-care centre is designed on a narrow site and follows the adjoining street pattern. The southern part of the site is reserved as a play area which the group rooms and corridors open on to. The aim is to achieve lightness and openness coupled with the necessary degree of supervision.
The new Helsinki Central Library is uniquely situated in the historic city centre, with direct views to the downtown area and Töölönlahti Bay. The design of the new building is inspired by this exceptional location, incorporating and intertwining the park and city in a sweeping gesture reminiscent of a yin yang symbol.
Kalevala Koru, with Happimaa, opened their flagship store on Helsinki’s central esplanade at the end of 2012. The well-known Finnish jeweler was looking for a new type of jewelry store that would showcase their brands in a new and more innovate way. Working within a very tight schedule, the designers proposed a radical idea of bringing the customer into direct contact with the jewelry.