Guggenheim Helsinki

Fact Sheet

  • Project: Guggenheim Helsinki
  • Category: Public
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Client: Guggenheim
  • Built-up area: 121,000 sqm
  • Budget: N/A
  • Year: 2013-2014
  • Status: Competition Entry


  • Partner in Charge: Youssef Mallat
  • Architect in Charge: Joy Traboulsi
  • Team: Sandra Richani, Nadine Harake, Layal Aoun, Samer Bazzi.


  • Renders: Tony Antoun
Our proposal builds on two main criteria: The multiple narratives and mythology that shape the history and identity of a nation, and the existing urban fabric.
The mythologies relates the nation to its atmosphere.  Can we build on this by respecting the sky to ground relationship? Can the Guggenheim become an apparatus into a contemporary sacred affiliation between light, sun, moon, sea, ground, and culture? 
The site, a fragile setting, is located in between all these elements. Neither an extension of the sea, the city or the park behind it, the site seems to stand still in silence under the sky. 
The museum inserts itself, as a floating gate within an apparatus. It acts as a public agent of cultural and spatial diplomacy producing a unique moment in the history of Helsinki, where pasts, narratives, the present and the future merge to create a spatial inception.  

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