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Finalist: SMAR Architecture Studio

As described by competitor:

The use of Street Space forms the basis for basic social discourse, from political gatherings to Art creation or community expressions.

While an increasing “unofficial” art was blooming in the streets from the second half of the XX Century, Museums have been historically focused in Gallery Art, excluding Public Space production.

Future is “bottom up”. Museums have to change from institutions where information was directed in only one way: towards the viewer into institutions that are increasingly creating conversations with the citizen, prioritizing the human scale of a space over its merely sculptural value.

Due to its particular climatic conditions. There are 2 cities in Helsinki. Summer Helsinki and Winter Helsinki. We propose a Strategy that could offer back to the City an Interior Street, Public Space at no additional cost to be used also the 6 cold months of the year. The combination of 2 programs -The Museum -Gallery Art- and The Extra Space -Street Art- in a single building allows us to explore the relationship between 2 complementary worlds. Using both factors, we had the chance to add, subtract, divide… We decided to multiply.

1. The City and the Harbour

1.3 The Site

The Design of the new Guggenheim Museum must be seen as an opportunity to create a linked Connection between City and Harbour.

2. The Program

The Evolution of Museum Space

Museums have changed from institutions where information was directed in only one way: towards the viewer into institutions that are increasingly creating conversations with the viewer.

We need a really radical change in how people use museums now.

We propose a new Experience not only for the visitor, but for the Citizen.

A critical shift from the idea of a building as a static object to a building that can accommodate the flux of daily life, the life of Street Art.

The Extra City Space

We propose a Strategy that could offer back to the City of Helsinki an Extra Space at no additional cost.

An added value for the City that transcends traditional Exhibition Spaces.

We propose an Interior Street, an additional un-programmed space, which is not included in the original brief, that open the building up to citizen’s appropriation, and allow it to remain structurally relevant through the present and well into the future.

The Interior Street, an Extra City Space, proposes a set of Unique Spaces that contains an almost unlimited number of conditions and situations that Public Space could offer to present, to study, (re) contextualize, or even provoke the people that enters it, whatever form it takes.

Gallery Art + Street Art

The translation of the budget into a double space, a combination of 2 programs -The Museum -Gallery Art- and The Extra Space -Street Art- in a single building allows us to explore the relationship between 2 structures. Using both factors, we had the chance to add, subtract, divide... We decided to multiply.

The un-programmed Extra Space and its structural flexibility prompts citizens to engage with it as productive and creative users of space.

The long, interior shape will contain the Interior Street while its outer surface defines the Museum space, left between the form and the envelope.