Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition News

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Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition Entries, Architecture Contest, Funding, Architects, Winner

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

Building Funding Update: Finland Architectural Contest – Architecture Designs Images + News

27 Nov 2016

Guggenheim Helsinki Funding News

Organiser: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Guggenheim Helsinki State Funding Rejected

One of Finland’s three ruling parties vetoed any possibility of government funding for a Guggenheim museum on the capital’s waterfront, reports The Guardian.

“There will be no state money for this venture,” stated Timo Soini, leader of the populist Finns party. “The matter will not even be raised during coalition budget talks. I hope this is now clear for our coalition partners.”

Last month the economic affairs minister, Olli Rehn, suggested the government could provide €40m of the museums’s estimated €150m construction costs, arguing that a Helsinki outpost of the New York-based foundation would be good for tourism and business.

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition winner – ‘Art in the City’ by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, Paris:
Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition winner

Guggenheim Helsinki Funding Veto – article in The Guardian:

27 Nov 2016

Guggenheim Helsinki Rethink

Organiser: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Guggenheim Helsinki Rethink Demanded

One of Finland’s most acclaimed architects, Juhani Pallasmaa has demanded that plans for a Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki be abandoned amid calls to re-run its design competition on a different site, reports the Architects’ Journal.

Pallasmaa blasted the £110 m art museum as a ‘ruthless business presented as a cultural project’ and demanded its public funding be spent more innovatively and efficiently to support Finnish artistic culture.

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Branding the franchised museum’s political origins ‘secretive’ and its costs ‘underestimated’ – the RIBA international fellow said the project ‘emphasised a consumerist and touristic view of art at the expense of its cultural and humane task’.

5 Sep 2014

Finland Design Contest

Organiser: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition Submissions Revealed

Online Gallery of Stage One Submissions Allows Visitors to Explore Entries and Share Their
Top Selections

(HELSINKI AND NEW YORK CITY, October 22, 2014)— The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
today announced the launch of an online gallery featuring the submissions for Stage One of the
Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition to design a proposed Guggenheim museum in the Finnish

The gallery — which can be found on the Guggenheim Helsinki Architecture Competition website — is the first public presentation of the Stage One entries.
“We are thrilled to throw open the doors of this digital gallery and share the Stage One submissions with
people in Finland and from around the world,” says Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “Since its inception, this competition has been organized to be
welcoming, inclusive, and transparent, and the gallery presents a singular opportunity for the public to
explore and consider the broad expanse of entries.”

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“For anyone interested in design, the gallery is a tremendous resource that offers rare insight into the
design process and further illustrates how the vision for a Guggenheim Helsinki put forth in the
competition brief and the prominent South Harbor site have captured the imagination of architects
around the world,” says competition organizer Malcolm Reading, chairman of London-based Malcolm
Reading Consultants.

Online Gallery Features

Each submission in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition online gallery is represented with two
images and a brief concept summary provided by competitors, and is identified only by registration
number. In addition to presenting each entry, the gallery includes several features that allow web visitors
to further explore the submissions and share their top selections:

• Map: Stage One submissions were received from 77 countries, according to voluntary data provided
by 70 percent of competitors. A “heat map” indicates the overall percentage of submissions received
by country, led by the United States, Italy, Finland, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.

• Search by Tag: To enhance the online viewing experience, competitors were invited to choose up to
five tags to describe their design concept. Tags were chosen from a list of twenty-five characteristics
related to material, shape, texture, and transparency. Tags were not required and will have no bearing
on the jury process or decision. Online visitors can select any combination of tags, or no tags at all, to
filter the submissions.

• Create a Shortlist: Reflecting the official jury process of selecting six finalists to continue to Stage
Two of the competition, users can create their own shortlists of six entries and share them through email
or social media.

• Favorites: Users can identify and save favorite entries for follow-up and future viewing.

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition Next Steps

• Jury Deliberations: November 2014

As the next step in the competition, the independent, eleven-member jury will meet in Helsinki in
early November to review all Stage One submissions. Entries will be judged anonymously on the
basis of their architectural design, relationship to the site and the cityscape, practicality for users,
sustainability (including criteria for the use of materials), and feasibility, according to the guidelines
established in the competition brief. The six top entries will advance to Stage Two of the competition.

• Shortlist Announcement: December 2, 2014

The six shortlisted entries selected to move to Stage Two of the competition will be presented in
Helsinki at a media event on December 2, 2014. In accordance with European Union procurement
rules, shortlisted teams or individuals will be named but will not be matched to their designs.
Shortlisted designers will be invited to visit the proposed museum site in Helsinki in December and
will have until March 2015 to make final submissions.

• Winner Announcement: June 2015

The winning design will be announced in June 2015. The winner will be awarded a prize of €100,000
(approximately $136,000). The five runners-up each will receive €55,000 (approximately $75,000).

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding
and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education
programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when
the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection,
Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation
continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design
beyond the walls of the museum, including with the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, and
with The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. More information about the
foundation can be found at

About Malcolm Reading Consultants
A specialist in architectural competitions for museums and arts, heritage, and nonprofit organizations, the
London-based Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) has run architectural competitions for the Victoria
and Albert Museum, the Glasgow School of Art, the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, and the Library
for Foreign Literature in Moscow, among others. MRC believes in the power of design to create new
perceptions and to act as an inspiration. The consultancy’s role in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design
Competition includes liaising with stakeholders at the Guggenheim Foundation, the City of Helsinki, the
State of Finland, and the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), and ensuring absolute independence
in the competition process. For more information, visit
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More Information
Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition website:
Project website:

Architecture Contest Submissions

Guggenheim Helsinki Museum Design Contest

Guggenheim Helsinki Museum Design Proposal

Guggenheim Helsinki Museum Submission

Guggenheim Submission for Helsinki

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition website (

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition information / images received The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Location: Helsinki, Finland, Northeast Europe

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photo : City of Helsinki

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright Architect
Guggenheim Museum New York
photo : David M. Heald, © SRGF, New York
Guggenheim Museum New York

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
Architect: Frank Gehry
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
photo © Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao architect : Frank Gehry

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Vilnius
Zaha Hadid Architects
Guggenheim Museum Vilnius
image from the architects
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Website: Guggenheim Helsinki Design Contest Submissions