Today, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced the winning design in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition: a concept that invites visitors to engage with museum artwork and programs across a series of linked pavilions and plazas organized around an interior street.
The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition began in 2014 and generated a record-setting 1,715 submissions from more than 77 countries. The 11-member, international jury was chaired by Mark Wigley, professor and dean emeritus of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Today, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced the winning design in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition: a concept that invites visitors to engage with museum artwork and programs across a series of linked pavilions and plazas organized around an interior street - the environmentally sensitive building comprising nine low-lying volumes and one lighthouse-like tower, connected to the nearby Observatory Park by a new pedestrian footbridge and served by a promenade along Helsinki’s South Harbor, entitled “Art in the City,” by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, a firm founded in Paris in 2011.
“I extend the Guggenheim’s warmest congratulations to Moreau Kusunoki for having achieved the design goals of this competition with such elegance, sensitivity, and clarity,” said Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “I also want to express our admiration and gratitude to the other five finalists and to all of the architects who participated in this competition. Rarely has such a concentration of architectural intelligence been directed at a single design challenge. Nearly two thousand designers from around the world turned their thoughts to the future of Helsinki’s South Harbor and the possibilities of a museum for the twenty-first century. By making these competition entries available online, we also have contributed an unprecedented volume of design information that is now freely available for study and use. For this reason, while the design competition has now ended, we are confident that its contribution to architectural discourse and the public imagination has only just begun.”
Moreau Kusunoki Architectes is led by Hiroko Kusunoki and Nicolas Moreau. Notable projects undertaken by the firm include the Théâtre de Beauvaisis in Beauvais, the House of Cultures and Memories in Cayenne, the Polytechnic School of Engineering in Bourget-du-Lac, and the plaza for the Paris District Court (designed by Renzo Piano) at the Porte de Clichy.
On July 1, 2015, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York will host afree public event with Hiroko Kusunoki and Nicolas Moreau to celebrate their achievement.
Image: courtesy Malcolm Reading Consultants
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