International architectural competition for the Museum of History and the Future, Turku, Finland


View toward Turku coastline and site



Sponsor: City of Turku, Finland
Type: International, open, one-stage
Eligibility: At least one member of a team must be licensed to practice in their country of residence
Fee: none
Languages: Finnish, English
16 January 2024 – Submission deadline for documents
• Minna Arve, Turku City Mayor, chair of the competition jury
• Ulla Achrén, member of Turku City Board
• Alice Girs, member of Turku City Board
Timo Hintsanen, planning director
• Paula Keskikastari, planning manager
• Anu Laitila, culture director
• Leevi Luoto, head of locality services
• Juhani Ruohonen, head of museum services
• Kimmo Suonpää, director of city building
• Mari Virtanen, architect
SAFA Architects representatives on the jury:
• Claudia Auer, SAFA, Architect
• Simo Paavilainen, SAFA, Architect

The evaluation criteria:- 
The following aspects will be taken into account when judging the competition:
– integration into the urban landscape and urban fabric
– architectural and functional solutions
– overall economic viability and ability to meet life-cycle objectives, and ecology
– strengthening the cultural attractiveness of the city through the building and its role as a new 

Design Challenge
The museum will be located in Linnanniemi, the tip of the Turku cape near medieval Turku Castle, as part of the maritime environment on the banks of River Aurajoki. The aim of the competition is to obtain a building of a high architectural standard for the realization of the museum, in which aesthetic, functional and technical-economic solutions as well as sustainable development objectives have been solved in a balanced way, considering the history and environment of the location. The approximately 7,000 m² museum building will be built as an alliance project. The aim is to complete the building in 2029.
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