Moreau Kusunoki Architectes to design Guggenheim Helsinki Museum in Finland

24 June 2015 (Last Updated June 24th, 2015 06:48)

France-based Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has won the international design competition for the proposed Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki, Finland.

France-based Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has won the international design competition for the proposed Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki, Finland.

Founded in 2011 by Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki, the firm had presented their 'Art in the City' concept for the contest, which helped it defeat five other finalists.

The design scheme features nine 'low-lying' pavilions and a lighthouse-like tower clad in locally sourced charred timber and glass.

The jury considered the concept to be 'deeply respectful of the site' and a 'fragmented, non-hierarchical, horizontal campus of linked pavilions, where art and society could meet and inter-mingle'.

"Rarely has such a concentration of architectural intelligence been directed at a single design challenge."

The developments will be connected to the nearby Observatory Park by a new pedestrian footbridge.

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation director Richard Armstrong said: "Rarely has such a concentration of architectural intelligence been directed at a single design challenge.

"Nearly 2,000 designers from around the world turned their thoughts to the future of Helsinki's South Harbor and the possibilities of a museum for the 21st century."

Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation dean and jury chairperson Mark Wigley said: "The waterfront, park, and nearby urban area all have a dialogue with the loose cluster of pavilions, with people and activities flowing between them.

"The design is imbued with a sense of community and animation that matches the ambitions of the brief to honor both the people of Finland and the creation of a more responsive museum of the future."

The firm will receive a cash prize for €100,000 ($109,000) for the contest.