In a comment to the Architects’ Journal, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa has expressed concern over the Guggenheim’s plans to build a bew museum in the city of Helsinki.
The project emphasises a consumerist and touristic view of art at the expense of the cultural and humane task of art. instead of strengthening local artistic traditions and practices, the project strengthens the already doubtful globalisation and commercialisation of art. The public funds could clearly be used in a more innovative and efficient manner to support Finnish artistic culture.
Pallasmaa’s criticism follows a recent suggestion by Finnish Member of Parliament and architect Anders Adlercreutz, alongside British architecture critic Jonathan Glancey, that a second competition should be held for a new design on a different site. They have said that Moreau Kusunoki Architects’ winning proposal is the “wrong building for the wrong site,” reports the AJ.
See Pallasmaa’s comment in full and learn more about the Guggenheim Helsinki ordeal at the Architects’ Journal.