Guggenheim - Projects - MLM

Guggenheim Museum

Project Information
  • Location
  • Helsinki
  • Sector
  • Public Buildings
  • Services
  • Sustainability Consultancy

In 2014, Guggenheim foundation launched an architectural contest for a new museum in Helsinki. Décio Tozzi had invited MLM to conduct a holistic sustainability design approach to meet one of the prerequisites of combining LEED certification aspects with the design process.

The premise of the design is to provide transparency throughout the building; thereby providing the building user with a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors. This was further achieved through the introduction of daylight into the building which also reduces the need for electric lighting. The glazing system comprised of a Low-E Argon filled double glazing, whereas the south façade combined Building Integrated Photo-Voltaic cells in order to generate electricity. The main sustainability principles adopted were as follows:

Heating and cooling: underfloor heating with an air source heat pump.
Green roof: to enhance thermal and energy performances. Moreover, it can increase the ecological value of the site by adopting native species.
Renewable energy: photovoltaic and evacuated solar hot water panels were specified on the roof, and the south façade combined Building Integrated Photo-Voltaic cells.
Rain water harvesting: to mitigate potable water consumption.
Stormwater design: swales were included in the landscape design to control the rain water run-off.
Environmental impact of building materials: concrete with GGBS recycled aggregate.
Alternative transport: dedicated cycle lane connected to the city cycling network.

The considerations above work in line with LEED certification, especially regarding regional credits for Finland, which addresses the optimisation of energy performance, on-site renewable energy, daylight, regional materials, site development and stormwater design.

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