I was recently invited to work on a group project for a contest. The challenge was to create a design for the new Guggenheim Museum to be built in Helsinki, Finland.
My friend/classmate and intermittent employer, Mark, hired me for the project. He also hired two other classmates and another architect. Everyone else works in their field at a professional skill level. The two architects, one graphic designer with many years of experience in her profession and one published writer. And then there's me. I'm highly skilled at making forts out of pillows and sofa cushions. I can make a wicked mini water park out of tarp, a blow up pool, and some old boards. Also I recently learned how to install ceiling fans! Woot woot!
Needless to say, I was little nervous. I was the wildcard brought on board. However, I take no shame in that label. In fact, I embrace it. I was mostly excited to get the old gang back together. Four of us graduated from Santa Monica College's Animation Program. We took almost every class together and got to work on group projects. This contest project was a school reunion for me.
My job was to create the outside art and displays. One of the guidelines for the museum is to connect to the city's heart and soul. Helsinki is a major port on the Gulf of Finland which opens to the Baltic Sea. Shipping containers are a major part of the scenery already. So I worked with the containers to create not only art but pieces that could display art.
These containers are very modular, easily moved and easy to convert. It's no wonder that there has been a boom of contractors using them for commercial and domestic dwellings. They are like giant legos! check out Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture. This book was given to me by the project manager for inspiration.