Guggenheim seeks designs for proposed museum in Helsinki

4 June 2014 (Last Updated June 4th, 2014 18:30)

New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has launched a design competition for its proposed €130m Guggenheim museum on the South Harbor of Helsinki in Finland.

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New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has launched a design competition for its proposed €130m Guggenheim museum on the South Harbor of Helsinki in Finland.

The two-stage competition is anticipated to receive responses from firms and individuals across the globe.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation director Richard Armstrong said that it is essential to the Guggenheim's mission to engage directly with people throughout the world, to affirm the transformative potential of art, and to fuse the experience of contemporary art with great architecture.

"This competition advances all of those goals, with the aim of inspiring an exemplary museum of the twenty-first century that is also a meaningful addition to the landscape of Helsinki," Armstrong said.

"The Guggenheim Foundation is said to have received more than 700 inquiries from parties worldwide."

Prior to the official commencement of the competition, the Guggenheim Foundation is said to have received more than 700 inquiries from parties worldwide interested in designing the 12,000m² museum.

Managed by the London-based firm Malcolm Reading Consultants, the competition is being organised in collaboration with the City of Helsinki, the State of Finland, and the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA).

Anonymous bids can be submitted for stage one of the competition, which is scheduled on 10 September.

Following the bid submissions, six finalists will be selected by the jury in November and the designs will be judged on their architectural design, relationship to the site and the cityscape, practicality for users, sustainability, including criteria for the use of materials, and feasibility.

During stage two of the competition, the shortlisted firms will make their final submission by March 2015 and the winner will be announced in June 2015.


Image: Waterfront view of the competition site from the Market Square. Photo: courtesy of Tuomas Uusheimo.