Guggenheim Museum Competition, Helsinki 2014
This proposal was craft around one question: can the museum perform to adapt to ever-shifting conditions? The answer defined in this project aims to answer such question within Helsinki´s challenging climatic conditions while building an architectural statement for this new Guggenheim museum.
For such a purpose, the museum is conceived as a civic platform offering outstanding views of the city harbour and its bay. The building works as a mutating apparatus in which the central exhibition space works as a stage where exhibitions and visitors coexist, thanks to the devices provided by the upper and lower floors that configure the space according to the different needs.
In order to achieve a sustainable and environmentally integrated proposal, three main strategies are adopted. In the first place, minimisation of energy demand and CO2 emission. It consists of taking advantage of the orientation, building form, natural daylight, passive heating, natural ventilation and self-shading devices as a set of passive design measures that guarantee the minimum energy demand. The second strategy consists on the incorporation of energy- efficient systems, and the use of low embodied CO2 and biodegradable materials in order to cover the energy demand and to achieve the required comfort conditions.
Finally, the use of renewable energy sources guarantees a low environmental impact, and the sustainability of the proposal. In addition, this proposal aims for the use of innovative technical solutions and materials, to achieve LEED excellence.