“Has ‘The Lighthouse’ Found Support?” boldly queried the Helsinki daily newspaper’s leading headline the morning after the June 23 announcement of the winning entry of the Guggenheim Museum’s year-long, two-phase, open international design competition to produce “a museum for the 21st century” as an extension of its branded franchise operations in the Finnish capital. The competition and its long-awaited result have been aimed at persuasively reinvigorating the Guggenheim’s dogged five-year saga in “the White City of the North,” following the Helsinki City Council’s 2011 rejection of the proposed museum branch and its financing. The headline’s question neatly condensed several aspects
A Monument to Tragedy and Heroism: In the heart of the former Warsaw Ghetto, a museum honors and celebrates the culture and long history of Polish Jews, which stretches far back beyond the tragic events of World War II.
Helsinki Library ALA Architects On June 14, a unanimous jury named ALA Architects the winner of the city of Helsinki’s open, international competition for the design of the new Helsinki Central Library. The announcement was made at a well-attended ceremony at the Helsinki Music Center, adjacent to the library building site in the Helsinki Töölö Bay cultural district. With the award of first prize and 50,000 Euros to ALA Architects, the jury also recommended that the building commission proceed with the Finnish partnership, known for the dramatic forms of their recently opened Kilden Performing Arts Center in Kristiansand, Norway. ("Käännös,"
Sn'hetta Snøhetta slices through the landscape with the sharp-edged Petter Dass Museum. Until his death in 1707, the parson poet Petter Dass wrote prolifically from the medieval church of the small shoreline farming community of Alstahaug—hard by the western slopes of Norway’s dramatic Seven Sisters mountain range. Celebrating the sacred virtues of what inhabitants refer to as “the kingdom of the thousand isles,” Dass paid reverent homage to the people and landscape of northern Norway in his most famous work, Nordlands Trompet (The Trumpet of Nordland): It seems that, far out on the edge of the earth Old nature has
Until his death in 1707, the parson poet Petter Dass wrote prolifically from the medieval church of the small shoreline farming community of Alstahaug—hard by the western slopes of Norway’s dramatic Seven Sisters mountain range.
Space Group Reinvents a Major Transit Hub in Oslo The young firm Space Group recently won an invited competition to redesign the Oslo Central Station in Bjørvika, a quickly redeveloping waterfront district in Norway’s capital city. Image courtesy Space Group Developer ROM Eiendom’s June announcement of the competition results comes on the heels of the April opening of Snøhetta’s New Oslo Opera House, located nearby. The station redesign is expected to advance the progress of new transportation infrastructure in the district and definitively establish the centrality of the station in the city plan. Intended to be one the most modern