Moreau Kusunoki Architectes was just crowned winner in the Guggenheim Helsinki Museum’s unprecedented, anonymous design competition.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation selected the Paris-based architecture firm’s environmentally friendly proposal ‘Art in the City’ from nearly 2,000 submissions from around the world. The competition-winning design is planned for Helsinki’s South Harbor area, and it will be clad in locally sourced charred timber and glass. The museum will comprise nine low-height volumes and a lighthouse-like tower.
Guggenheim Helsinki is designed as a collection of charred-timber-clad pavilions and landscaped plazas organized around a central pedestrian street. The nine low-lying buildings will be topped by closed concave rooflines, while the tallest structure will be topped with a concave glazed volume. Natural light will flood the all ten buildings through large skylights and through the glazed floor-to-ceiling openings that wrap around the first floor of each structure.
“Moreau Kusunoki has titled its proposal ‘Art in the City,’ a name that sums up the qualities the jury admired in the design,” 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.”