On Dec. 2, the Guggenheim released the shortlist of six designs chosen from a huge batch of 1,715 submissions for its Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, and tomorrow, the institution will announce the winner. That leaves 1,714 designs that didn't win, all of which can be found on the competition website, some of which are ... well, unique, to be nice about it.
So we took a little time and perused the mammoth listing to reveal some of the weirdest, oddest, and certainly most unique submissions in the catalog. We picked the 25 shown here, but out of nearly 2,000 entries, we probably skipped over a few of your favorites though, so let us know if we missed anything.
Entry GH-128223385 by AJAA
Per the design brief: THERE ARE NO CORNERS! (Their all caps, not ours. We promise.)
It doesn't look like there are any walls to prevent you from falling out an onto the plaza below either ...
From the architects' conceptual description: "The architecture may be PHENOMENARISTIC or RECIPRONARISTIC,
TIMELY or PLACE LOCI. Silent Voice-Architecture Loci’s act as organizing
devices common denominators for the multiple dimensions of programs and their
evolution over time, and drive the projects featured in works of CREATION for
Nature of SYNCHRONICITY."Entry GH-44095710 by Artotec Ab [Art & Technology]
Add a couple of unicorns, and we're hooked.
It's no wonder this entry, titled "Waves of Helsinki," was waved away by the jury.
Maybe it can double as the set for a new reboot of the Stargate movie franchise?Entry GH-8816398657
by Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects
On the plus side, this building doubles as a landing port for spaceships.Entry GH-3250019923
by DSMG Workshop
The name of this one? "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World." Hmmm.
It looks like Mad Max and Imperator Furiosa are about to drive through the crowd.
GH-2045459988 by Trinity Plus One PYT LTD
Some of the other angles of this project make it look like a perfectly normal, ordinary wooden box, but from this view, it looks like a popsicle-stick-model that is too thin in the middle and is about to snap in half.
From the designers: "Today any kind of architectural design is possible but few are really desirable. The delirious visions of the so-called avant-garde arrive with a built in date of expiry and barely outlive their birth." In reaction, their "timeless architecture," apparently, ends up with a shape that looks like a chrome rear-projection TV.
GH-8441499456 by XDGA Xaveer De Geyter Architects
Certainly not as odd as some, but it does look a bit like someone made a mess in an aisle at the Container Store.GH-5354342343
It looks a bit like a Transformer stuck in the snow, doesn't it?
GH-2258232490 by Alter-Urbanity
The deconstructed log cabin/wood stack look is strange enough, but the flying pig really puts this one over the top.
Well, Scandinavians do love black metal, so maybe that explains this one …
GH-3237248289 by Howcroft
Fun with Duplo blocks!
GH-7619605837 by Atlas Architect Group
Apparently, this museum is BYOU (bring your own umbrella).
If this is a Rorschach test, then we see a line of tractor-trailers or a team of sled dogs.
GH-52299290 by PEA
Maybe it makes honey too.
We're having True Detective
flashbacks from this one.
GH-8445841959 by ARM Architecture
From the designers: "Our building wonders whether architecture too is like these boys somehow, or like the angel even [from Hugo Sinberg's painting 'The Wounded Angel,' or otherwise like this story here, this theme, if that is what it is, this ideology or myth, this psychology, this reenactment or translation, this sense of hope or irony, this duty bound or just gain relief, this latent expectation, this suspicion or this reverence, this literalness or mysterious
The design “borrows the typology of a traditional city block–Kortelli, and is rendered with surface charred wood reminiscent of a pre-fire Helsinki” with a whole lot of angelic imagery in the winged structures. Judging by this and the previous entry, there is lot of angelic imagery to go around, apparently.
From the designers: “The main idea for this proposal is a kind of 'wave,' a cultural wave which comes from overseas with Guggenheim initiative. Same wave brings us all contemporary international trends of art and visual culture. Wave also stops friendly in the harbor and brings us fresh possibilities to represent Finnish art as well.” Sure …
There’s a building in there, behind the strange, enormous façade that looks like a field of reeds in a wetland, we swear it.
GH-4241231286 by Arthur Cotton Moore Associates
This possibly could have been an early storyboard for a scene from The Avengers
Klaatu barada nikto !!!
GH-2334682117 by Lacoste-Stevenson PTY LTD
Did we miss your favorite unusual submission in the Guggenheim Helsinki contest?
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