After a year of shortlisting and refining, Moreau Kusunoki Architects from Paris has been selected amongst six finalists as the winner of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition.
Moreau Kusunoki Architects’ design project “Art in the city” includes several pavillions finished in the dark clad with concave roofs that will be connected by a series of garden patios. The patios will be used as a meeting point and can serve as a gallery exhibition space. The design project also includes the waterfront, a park and a nearby urban area- all the qualities that jury conceptualized for the design. A lookout tower will rise from one side of the building, providing views of the waterfront. The tower with a glazed top will also illuminate the tip of the scene in the manner of a lighthouse during the night.
The jury, chaired by Professor Mark Wigley, found the design highly respectful for the setting, the city grid and the needs of the society. “Art in the city” could become a future meeting point and an urban blend of people and art in Finland’s capital.