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Leaders of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Tuesday presented a revised proposal for developing a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki.
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It will be interesting to see how this project evolves!
New study lists waterfront location on South Harbour as possible site for new museum
The City of Helsinki and the Guggenheim Museum have been in talks for the past year about possibly creating a Guggenheim museum in the Finnish capitol. While no decisions to endorse the project have been made yet, the idea of a Guggenheim Helsinki has been under study for the past year... http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&amp;amp;upload_id=18761
"Finland's tradition of innovation and design and its cutting-edge technology could be helpful," said Juan Ignacio Vidarte, head of the foundation's global strategies.
City councilors are expected to decide on the $180 million (euro140 million) project in February. If approved, the earliest the museum could open in the city of 600,000 people would be in 2017.
The total area of the museum, to be built on the waterfront in central Helsinki, would be about 129,000 square feet (12,000 square meters) with 42,000 square feet (3,920 square meters) for exhibition galleries.
Nearly a year ago to the date, you might recall a post we had up about the Guggenheim Foundation looking into building a new museum wing in Helsinki, Finland. The project, if it happened, would be the next branch built after Frank Gehry‘s Guggenheim Abu Dhabi had finally risen from the desert. But with Gehry’s project now stalled, perhaps permanently, suddenly after a year of relative silence, both the organization and Helsinki’s government are back to chatting publicly about their collaboration.
The Guggenheim Helsinki Museum is to house the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and is to be an innovative multidisciplinary museum of visual culture in Finland. Located in the upper portion of the harbor, between the historical old town and the island of Katajanokka, the proposal has to mitigate between both the urban and the water edge in the newly designated cultural zone of Helsinki. Various edge conditions are employed allowing for variability in the experiential quality of the Harbor of Helsinki. The pools created by the existing boat docks are reinterpreted in the scheme as a continuation of pooling formations which introduce new social spaces to the waterfront in the form of: user inhabitable pools, carpet washing piers, an outdoor auditorium, and an enlarged waterfront promenade.
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation on Tuesday proposed building a museum in the Finnish capital after a yearlong feasibility study.
The organization said that the board of trustees approved the study last month.
"The board's enthusiastic support reflects its conviction that moving forward to the next stage of the project would strengthen the Guggenheim network," the report said. "It ... (will) make an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the Nordic and Baltic regions."
The Guggenheim chose Helsinki due to strong local interest and tradition in art and design, as well as the city's plans to develop its harbor properties, it said in a proposal announced on Tuesday.
"We were quite interested and excited by what we saw here - a population that is highly educated, which is very important for the success of the museum and for potential audience development," Ari Wiseman, the Guggenheim's deputy director, told Reuters.
Wiseman, along with city officials, presented the proposal at the landmark Finlandia Hall designed by Alvar Aalto, after a year-long feasibility study.
The Guggenheim wants to build a 140 million euro museum on the Helsinki waterfront as it expands its satellite of contemporary art galleries to new locations such as Bilbao in Spain and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which oversees the original, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum in New York as well as four overseas sites, proposed that it and the Finnish capital jointly develop a new museum.
The Guggenheim chose Helsinki due to strong local interest and tradition in art and design, as well as the city’s plans to develop its harbour properties, it said in a report on Tuesday after a year-long feasibility study.