Guggenheim Helsinki design competition finalists announced

3 December 2014 (Last Updated December 3rd, 2014 18:30)

The Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation has finalised six concept designs for a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland.

The Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation has finalised six concept designs for a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland.

An independent, 11-member jury has unanimously selected six designs from the 1,715 anonymous submissions to the international architectural competition.

The shortlisted entries offer distinctive perspectives on museum architecture and come from both emerging and established architectural practices in seven countries.

The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation director Richard Armstrong said: "The jury has chosen six deeply thoughtful design approaches, each of which opens extraordinary possibilities for a Guggenheim in Helsinki and asks us to imagine what a museum of the future can be.

"Each [design] opens extraordinary possibilities for a Guggenheim in Helsinki and asks us to imagine what a museum of the future can be."

"We thank the jury for its work and we are grateful to the 1,715 competitors whose engaging and diverse submissions have catalysed a global conversation about museum architecture and urban life."

Chairman of the competition jury Mark Wigley said: "Some of the finalist designs make daring use of the existing Makasiini Terminal, or celebrate an aspect of the cultural memory of Helsinki.

"Some propose unforeseen mixtures of civic and museum space, or boldly juxtapose the spaces for existing collections and not-yet imagined creations."

Independent competition manager Malcolm Reading Consultants has released the names of the finalist teams.

The finalists are AGPS Architecture (Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, US), Asif Khan (London, UK), Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, US; Barcelona, Spain; and Sydney, Australia), Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany), Moreau Kusunoki Architect (Paris, France) and SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain and Western Australia).

The teams will visit the site of the proposed museum in January 2015 as part of stage two of the competition, and will receive additional briefing to further develop their initial designs and produce physical models by March.

Finalist designs for stages one and two, as well as a selection of honourable mentions from stage one, will be presented in a public exhibition in Helsinki early in 2015.