Studio Work

  • Finnish Cultural Center, Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
    Finnish Cultural Center, Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
  • Finnish Cultural Institute, Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
    Finnish Cultural Institute, Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
  • Finnish Cultural Center, Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
    Finnish Cultural Center, Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
  • Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
    Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
  • Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
    Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
  • Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.
    Design Project, Helsinki International Semester, Spring 2010.

Spring 2010 Helsinki Design Studio Description

This semester's studio centered on two speculative projects — a short "sketch project" and a more comprehensive "long project" — both of which address specific locations, conditions, and programs within Helsinki.

For the sketch project, students worked in teams of two to design a series of nine temporary pavilions that would house information relating to Helsinki's designation as World Design Capital in 2012. Sited in nine public squares throughout the city, the pavilions are intended to be assembled on-site; to provide virtual interaction with one another and the world beyond; and to demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability.

The long project focused on designing a small American Cultural Institute in Helsinki's central Ullanlinna neighborhood, proximate to the Design Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and the Helsinki Normal High School. The 1,300-square-meter structure would house a number of facilities — including a library, a gallery, offices, and apartments — catering to scholars, students, and prospective visitors to and from the United States.

In addition, several participants elected to explore a similarly scaled Helsinki Cultural Center that would be sited in New York City. In either case, each student spent months crafting a strongly experimental yet highly resolved architectural proposal, working from initial design conceptions and structural, energy, and systems analyses to building models, interior and exterior elevations, and technical wall sections of materials and assemblies.