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Malcolm Reading to run contest for new Guggenheim museum

The City of Helsinki is set to launch an open, international design for a new £107million Guggenheim museum next month

The contest is being run by Malcolm Reading Consultants and backed by the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation and will officially open on 4 June.

The City’s governing board has earmarked a waterfront plot in the city’s South Harbour for the project - despite previous opposition to the high-profile project.

An earlier proposal for the museum was shelved by the same board in 2012 amid concerns over the project’s cost. A poll of city residents found 75 per cent opposed the scheme.

The Guggenheim Foundation subsequently put forward a second proposal featuring a ten per cent reduction in operating and administrative costs which was approved by the city board in January.

Malcolm Reading, architect and chairman, Malcolm Reading Consultants, said: ‘The site on Helsinki’s historic waterfront has great civic and cultural promise. When combined with the renown of the Guggenheim’s name and mission, I am sure it will inspire the competitors to create distinctive and memorable designs that will resonate with local residents and speak to an international audience.”

The competition is expected to run for twelve months.

To sign up to receive more information about the competition, go to designguggenheimhelsinki.org.

The proposed Guggenheim site in Helsinki, Finland. Image by Ari Wiseman

Source: Image by Ari Wiseman

The proposed Guggenheim site in Helsinki, Finland. Image by Ari Wiseman

Previous story (AJ 02.04.14)

Helsinki to launch contest for new Guggenheim museum

The City of Helsinki is set to launch a design competition for a new Guggenheim museum

The Finnish capital – with support from the Guggenheim Foundation – will officially launch the international competition on 4 June.

The contentious, high-profile contest is expected to run for twelve months and has an estimated budget of £1.8 million.

Helsinki’s governing board earmarked a waterfront plot in the city’s South Harbour for the project in January - despite previous opposition to the high-profile project.

An earlier proposal for the museum was shot down by the same board in 2012 amid concerns over the project’s cost.

At the time the development was estimated to cost £100 million and include an annual licences fee of £20 million alongside running costs of £12 million a year. A poll of city residents found 75 per cent opposed the scheme.

The Guggenheim Foundation then put forward a second proposal featuring a ten per cent reduction in operating and administrative costs which was approved by the city board in January.

A final decision on whether proceed with the prestigious museum will be taken once the competition completes.

The Finnish Association of Architects, the City of Helsinki and the State of Finland will assist the Guggenheim Foundation which will organise the privately funded selection process.

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