An international contest has been announced for a major addition to the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki
The two-stage competition seeks ‘aesthetically, technically and economically sustainable and feasible’ proposals to extend the historic 1916 complex, which features exhibitions on the history of Finland featuring coins, medals, weapons and other archaeological finds.
The project, backed by Senate Properties, will create a new wing capable of hosting touring international exhibitions and conferences, connected to the Finnish National Romantic-style building which is next to Alvar Aalto’s 1971 Finlandia Hall.
In its brief, the competition organisers say the new building will allow ‘the production of large and demanding international exhibitions at the National Museum.
‘In addition to exhibitions, modular spaces [should be] suitable for a wide range of cultural, artistic and leisure events, conferences and events. The main building of the National Museum with its terrace is also located in the annexe.’
The National Museum of Finland opened in 1916 one year before the country won its independence from Russia. The building was designed by architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren, and Eliel Saarinen in a National Romantic style featuring Art Nouveau interiors.
Applications may be in Finnish or Swedish and the competition has a €220,000 prize fund.
The deadline for applications is 3pm local time, 4 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Lintulahdenkatu 5 A
Tel: +358 407679199