Guggenheim design competition springs surprise winner

Surprise winner of the competition to design the Guggenheim Helsinki is Parisian newcomer Moreau Kusunoki Architects.

Organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants for the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, the contest attracted more entries than any other architectural competition in history, receiving 1,715 entries from more than 70 countries.

The winning scheme, known as Art in the City, features nine pavilions and a lighthouse-like tower clad in charred timber.

The jury hailed its concept for the museum’s new £100 million Finnish outpost as “deeply respectful of the site” and a “fragmented, non-hierarchical, horizontal campus of linked pavilions where art and society could meet and inter-mingle”.