Regarding the city as an organic cultural web, as artificial nature, the new building of the Guggenheim Helsinki seeks its place similar to a tree.
It is growing not into the light but towards the pulsating line of forces of the city. The streets can be considered as orthogonal imprints of these line of forces, the system of which is slightly deflected by the sea-bay. The location of the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki is a junction in this web.
The projection of the inner function gives the identity of the being-like building. Museum as common place: inside the geometry of the oppositely positioned staired and sloping space generates a common sense – as a lenticular glade in a forest. This space-formation combines two elemental character of common architecture: the contemplative and the playground space. The playful core is encompassed by the contemplative rind of the exhibition areas. This tight being-like formation is like a resultant curve of the forces of the place.
These elemental forces are shaping the outside of the building: which is hard, resistant, petrified tree-bark. This bark acts towards the bay as a break-away river wall, however towards the town it acts softer, it responds to the natural surroundings of the hillside. As part of the artificial nature, the being-like building impacts between the town and the sea.
Natural light comes through the windows, which as screens give standing-ground where the main line of forces of the town are.
The natural light comes from above, in a diffuse way, like in a forest, this results maximal flexibility. Closing the narrow light-openings all spaces can be easily and in a hidden way darkened.