Kusunoki Architects to design Guggenheim Helsinki

Paris-based Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has been named the surprise winner of a competition to design the Guggenheim Helsinki

Parisian newcomer Moreau Kusunoki Architectes is the surprise winner of the competition to design the Guggenheim Helsinki.
Parisian newcomer Moreau Kusunoki Architectes is the surprise winner of the competition to design the Guggenheim Helsinki.

Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has been named the surprise winner of Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.

Organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants on behalf of the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, the contest attracted more entries than any other architectural competition in history.

Paris-based newcomer Kusunoki was deemed the best candidate out of 1,715 entries from more than 70 countries.

The winning scheme, known as ‘Art in the City’, features nine pavilions and a lighthouse-like tower, which will be clad in charred timber.

The jury hailed the concept as “deeply respectful of the site”, and a “fragmented, non-hierarchical, horizontal campus of linked pavilions where art and society could meet and intermingle”.

The value of the museum’s Finnish outpost is expected to be in the region of $157.5m (€140m).

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