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On June 23, Parisian studio Moreau Kusunoki were announced as the winners of the Guggenheim Helsinki architecture competition with teh proposal entitled Art in the City. Their design, consisting of 9 low-lying constructs and a landmark lighthouse-like tower, was praised by the jury for its community-focused approach. The loosely connected cluster of pavilions interconnected with wide roads and smaller paths ensures the free flow of visitors and activities, which fills the complex with animated life besides static art. With their Helsinki Guggenheim, Moreau Kusunoki present a whole new concept of the institution of the museum itself. As declared in their competition statement, solid, vertical, monolithic constructs are no longer valid; the museum of the future is horizontal, non-hierarchical, and fragmented. Its parts are connected by the people, be it visitors, museum staff, tourists, artists, or passers-by.

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The competition, anonymous and international, was the first such project organised by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Consisting of two stages, the first, open round received over 1700 entries from 77 countries. For the second step, 6 entrants were invited to elaborate on their projects. The shortlisted architects took part on a 3-day on-site briefing, and were given further material essential for expanding their proposals. The outcome was showcased in form of an exhibition this spring, and now, with the announcement of the winner, the one-year long process has came to an end. In close cooperation with the City of Helsinki, the realisation of the proposal is on the agenda of the Guggenheim Foundation. The project is now in the fundraising stage, inviting private and public stakeholders. So hopefully, the Moreau Kusunoki’s glorious plans will turn to reality.

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To learn more about the competition, and to read Moreau Kusunoki’s detailed concept narrative, visit the project's website.

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