The news that every single one of the 1,715 designs for the future Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki have been released via a new competition website was understandably something of a media storm earlier this week. As the largest ever set of proposals to be simultaneously released to the public, how could anyone possibly come to terms with the sheer number and quality of the designs - let alone all the other issues which the proposals shed light on?
In this instance, the answer to that question is simple: get help. Guggenheim Helsinki will arguably go down in history as the prototypical competition for the social media age, not just for releasing the designs to the public but for their platform which enables people to select favorites, and compile and share shortlists. In the days since the website launched, Twitter users have risen to the challenge. See what some of them had to say after the break.
Some critics took the opportunity to criticize the quality of the designs in their totality. Here we have the V&A Museum's Curator of Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism and the author of Future Practice: Conversations from the Edge of Architecture:
I have seen the future of architecture and it is in poor health http://t.co/vzGnzyXMQh!— Rory Hyde (@roryhyde) October 22, 2014
And here, the author of The Architecture of Failure:
My LORD the Helsinki Guggenheim entries are inept— Douglas Murphy (@entschwindet) October 22, 2014
A little more helpfully, many were selecting their favorites from the thousands of entries (though we suspect not all are being entirely sincere):
BOOM. Found one I actually really like. The Guggenheim as a refurbed cargo ship. pic.twitter.com/RutXiKgqE1— Dr Crystal Bennes (@crystalbennes) October 22, 2014
Wait, I take it all back. This has blown my mind pic.twitter.com/u7TYfFCkSf— Dave (@DLequeu) October 22, 2014
Still others were commenting on the sheer amount of wasted work on display. Head of Central Saint Martins School in London Jeremy Till is well-known for his stance on architectural competitions, and used the opportunity to drive his point home:
What if that time, energy, skill and in some cases intelligence of Guggenheim had been turned to something useful? http://t.co/GUpchLSnRI!— Jeremy Till (@jeremytill) October 22, 2014
As @greentriangleuk notes the Guggenheim process is 0.058% energy efficient. Would any other system do this to itself?— Jeremy Till (@jeremytill) October 22, 2014
Some seemed less concerned by the architecture itself and more concerned by the content of the renders produced:
Also, someone's put flamingos in their Guggenheim render! Flamingos. In Helsinki. Riiiiight. pic.twitter.com/hoBF3sZ3tI— Dr Crystal Bennes (@crystalbennes) October 22, 2014
Despite all that's been said, there's still plenty to talk about. Join the discussion on twitter, or add to the comments section on our previous article: