Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition
Lakes and islands define the Finnish landscape and influence those who dwell within it. Viewed on a map, the boundary of land and water is fixed. In experience, however, it is dynamic, exhibited by its subtle and changing borders. The city of Helsinki embodies this relationship: its grid shifts and breaks in response to the topography of the Finnish archipelago. The museum extends the public landscape of Tähitorninvuoren Park towards Helsinki’s urban core. Four pavilions accompanied by four courtyards sit within the Park’s extension, emulating the rhythm of the city grid and the character of islands and lakes. Visitors engage these activated spaces for art, film, and performance according to changing installations and shifting seasons. Four Lakes | Four Islands places the Guggenheim Helsinki in a continuously evolving relationship between inside & outside, local & global, nature & culture, life & art.