Client: Helsinki Municipality
Status: Competition (2015)
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Coordinates: 60.162211, 24.954040
Climate: Continental, Temperate
Environments: Seaside, Park
Types: Cultural, Cultural center
We propose a Culture Palace for the city of Helsinki and question the need and location of a monofunctional art museum, like the Guggenheim, in the heart of the South Harbour. We believe that the function of the Guggenheim museum can be included in our proposal but we question the need of a solitary art museum. With our Culture Palace we envision a vibrant transformation of the monofunctional South Harbour where outdoor activities are as important as the buildings framing them and where many different activities can coexist.
By adding many more functions to our festival palace than the traditional monofunctional art museum we hope to attract a greater variety of people to the site. Not everyone likes to consume art but most people like to watch other people engage in activities. A stroll through our project leads the visitor through a series of individual spaces with different characteristics, the Waterfront Promenade, the Grove, the Exhibition Tower, the Exhibition Hall, the Exhibition Courtyard, the artificial archipelago with public pools and saunas, the Landscape Bridge and the park.