Paris Firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes Wins International Competition for Proposed Guggenheim Helsinki Museum

The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, which began in June 2014 and generated a record-making 1,715 submissions from more than 77 countries, reached its conclusion today, as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced the winning concept: a design that invites visitors to engage with museum artwork and programs across a gathering of linked pavilions and plazas organized around an interior street. Clad in locally sourced charred timber and glass, the environmentally sensitive building would comprise 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. The Guggenheim revealed that the design, which was one of six finalists, was submitted by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, a firm founded in Paris in 2011.

As the winner of the competition, Moreau Kusunoki will receive a cash award of €100,000 (approximately USD 109,000). An award of €55,000 (approximately USD 60,000) will be given to each of the five finalist teams:

  • AGPS Architecture Ltd. (Zurich and Los Angeles), whose design was named runner-up by the jury
  • Asif Khan Ltd. (London)
  • Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, Barcelona, and Sydney)
  • Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart)
  • SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid and Western Australia)