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
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).