Guggenheim Helsinki

Guggenheim Helsinki


For The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Cooper Robertson provided programming and concept planning for a new Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland. The anticipated new museum would be part of the Guggenheim’s international network and offer exhibitions, as well as educational programs, performance art, and shopping and dining opportunities.

Based on audience, market, and cultural research, Cooper Robertson developed a Program of Requirements for the building that defined space, functional and operational requirements, analysis of multiple waterfront sites, a concept design for the preferred site, and cost estimate to inform project budgeting.

As a publically-funded project, the city and the Guggenheim must select the architect through an international design competition. Cooper Robertson’s concept creates a museum that is responsive to the unique light and seasonal conditions of the Nordic region, has an acute awareness of its surroundings, will serve as a testing ground for new approaches and technologies, and offers a significant public gathering space. Taken together, the Guggenheim Helsinki will push the boundaries of how traditional Nordic museums interact with artists and visitors.



Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Helsinki, Finland
Site Area
130,000 square feet
Completion Date
2011, 2014
  • 2015 Guggenheim Helsinki Now Exhibit
  • Davis Langdon Cost Estimating