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Guggenheim Helsinki competition

Last June, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation launched an open, international competition for the design of a proposed Guggenheim Helsinki museum. This is the first time that the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. Today, the competition organizers have made every single one available online anonymously, each proposal presented with a short description fro the architects and two attached shots from the project.

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Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

The Guggenheim is organizing the architectural competition in consultation with the City of Helsinki, the State of Finland, and the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA). The competition is managed by the London-based firm Malcolm Reading Consultants, a specialist in architectural competitions for arts, heritage, and nonprofit organizations.

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“When we launched the competition for the design of the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki, we hoped that it would inspire architects everywhere — emerging and established alike — to imagine what the museum of the 21st century could be and catalyse a global exchange of ideas about architecture and its traditions, urbanism, public buildings, and the future of cities,” said Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

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Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

An 11-strong jury – including Tokyo architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, founder of Atelier Bow-Wow and Chicago based architect Jeanne Gang, founder and Principal, Studio Gang Architects – will draw up a shortlist of six designs from the submissions to continue to the second stage, which will be revealed on 2 December. Shortlisted firms or individuals will have until March 2015 to make final submissions, and the winner will be announced in June 2015. The City of Helsinki and the State of Finland are expected to deliberate on whether to proceed with the construction and development of the museum after the competition concludes. The winner will be announced in June 2015 and will be awarded a prize of €100,000, with the five runners-up each receiving €55,000.

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Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

The project is reported to have a budget of over $130 million, and involves the city paying the Guggenheim a licensing fee of a further $30 million. Here, Arch2O team tried to collect the most exciting 25 proposals for you to start talking about. the public and interested architects are invited to visit the competition website to see all 1,715 entries.

Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

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