Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

Result

In June 2014, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation launched its first open, anonymous, international design competition for a proposed Guggenheim museum in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. From 1,715 entries in Stage One, the 11-member jury selected six finalists. Following a public exhibition of the Stage Two finalist designs in Helsinki, the jury chose the design "Art in the City" by Paris firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes as the competition winner.

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Overview

The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition is the first open, international architectural competition to be organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. This initiative reflects the Guggenheim’s long history of engagement with architecture and design and its belief that outstanding original design can speak across cultures, refreshing and enlivening the urban environment.

Category Competition Result / Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Museum
Country Helsinki
Registration Deadline 10 September 2014 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 10 September 2014
Eligibility In Stage One of the competition, the competitor at a minimum shall be a person who has a professional degree in architecture or the right to practice as an architect in the country where he/she is qualified or in the country where he/she currently resides or practices.

Description
The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition is an open, international architectural competition for the design of a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki.

The City of Helsinki has reserved a prominent waterfront site for the architectural competition of the proposed museum. The site is located in the Eteläsatama, or South Harbor area, an urban space of great national and cultural significance, close to the historic city center and immediately visible to visitors arriving by sea.

It is envisaged that the Guggenheim Helsinki would organize and present internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while also specializing in Nordic art and architecture. Within the Guggenheim Foundation’s international constellation of museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Helsinki would be distinctive in its active inclusion of design and architecture in its programming.

Anonymous submissions for Stage One of the competition are due September 10, 2014. An eleven-member jury chaired by Mark Wigley, Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, will meet in Helsinki and select six finalists from the submissions received during Stage One. Submissions will be judged on the basis of their architectural design, relationship to the site and the cityscape, practicality for users, sustainability (including criteria for the use of materials), and feasibility.

Jury
Mark Wigley, Jury Chair, Professor and Dean of Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Mikko Aho, Director, City Planning and Architect, Helsinki City Planning Department
Jeanne Gang, Founder and Principal, Studio Gang Architects
Juan Herreros, Professor, and Founder, Estudio Herreros
Anssi Lassila, Architect, Founder, OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
Erkki KM Leppävuori, Professor, and President and CEO of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Rainer Mahlamäki, Professor, and Founder, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Helena Säteri, Director General, the Ministry of the Environment, Finland
Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Founder, Atelier Bow-Wow
Ritva Viljanen, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki

Prize
Winner: EUR 100,000 (approximately $136,000)
Five runner-ups: EUR 55,000 (approximately $75,000)

Entry Fee
None

Timetable
Finalists Announced: Fall 2014
Winner Announced: June 2015

Organizer
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

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