Design by Paris firm Moreau Kusunoki Architects wins historic international competition for proposed Guggenheim Helsinki Museum
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Helsinki, Finland – Paris firm Moreau Kusunoki Architects has won the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, which began in June 2014 and generated a record-making 1,715 submissions from more than 77 countries.

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 organised 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. Moreau’s design for the Guggenheim Helsinki Museum was one of the six finalists.

In a joint statement, Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki said: “Thanks to the bold vision of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the City of Helsinki, the international open competition process offered a unique challenge for practices around the world to partake in this exceptional project. Such events represent great hope for architects. We are delighted and honoured to have been selected from among 1,715 entries. We are happy to share this victory with all the people we work with: our staff, our partners, and our clients. This great adventure brought us energy, joy, and dreams. The adventure now continues with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the people of Helsinki, and lovers of architecture and art.”

As the winner of the competition, Moreau Kusunoki will receive a cash award of Euro 100,000.