Brininstool + Lynch’s submission made ArchDaily’s list of “Guggenheim Proposals You Should Know About”! Now that the news is out, we thought we would tell you a bit more about our design for the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. Check out the ArchDaily article here.
A port of call, a chapel for art, and a place imbued with the tactile influence of Finnish design and culture.
Within the operational complexities of the site, this design is a clear and identifiable object that marks the space between water and land. It is an implied berth for ships, a connector of vehicular transportation, and a clear public pathway, drawing pedestrians from both the city center and park. As a ship’s hull, it symbolizes an important civic presence with an inviting nature for public use; as a cathedral, it houses Finnish culture within an envelope of traditional materials that are articulated within a contemporary framework.
Long clay bricks in a pronounced pattern are embedded into an array of precast panels to create both a unique geometry for the building skin, as well as an undulating material surface that evokes a strong Nordic masonry influence. The pattern is frequently broken to create an opportunity for light to enter the interior, where this masonry pattern is mirrored with a configuration of stacked wood. This object is offset from a plinth of concrete, landscape, and stone that organizes and cloaks the existing transportation networks, allowing for an array of public uses.
The approach, circulation, and public spaces create a spatial experience on the site and guide movement toward the galleries. Transparency, translucency, and screening are deployed with intent of creating of an optimal environment for experiencing art. From the direct daylight outdoors to the atmosphere surrounding the galleries, light is controlled to provide movement and anticipation through the building.
The galleries are flexible and functional in their ability to display any size and type of medium—they have a visual relationship to the form of the building, but have basic gallery proportions that allow for curatorial flexibility. The building and site are designed with a holistic approach toward sustainability, focused on energy performance and overall environmental responsiveness. To complement this, regionally obtained materials such as brick masonry, stone, concrete, steel and copper, and wood from renewable sources are considered for both exterior and interior use.