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Revealed: Guggenheim Helsinki rival contest winners

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The eight ‘winners’ in the ideas competition seeking ‘bold and thoughtful’ alternatives to Helsinki’s new Guggenheim Museum have been unveiled

The proposals – including a Museum of the Welfare State by Italian Marco Giovannone and a landscaped dock by France’s Mathilde Lull and François Perrier – have been announced as the competition’s overall victors.

Launched the day entries to the official Guggenheim contest closed, the competition received more than 200 submissions from 37 countries.

Supported by independent arts organisations, the project sought rival ideas for the £105 million museum’s proposed South Harbour site that would ‘more fully meet the city’s cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.’

The full shortlist

  • Parc art Helsinki by Pedro Carrasco, Zanini Sánchez and Lucía Gutierrez Vazquez (Spain)
  • Helsinki Polybrids by Thomas Kong and Susan Seah (Singapore)
  • Museum of the Welfare State by Marco Giovannone (Italy)
  • MUUSA by draftworks*architects (Christos Papastergiou and Christiana Ioannou) (Greece)
  • Landscaped Dock by Mathilde Lull and François Perrier (France)
  • Visions for Helsinki by Milja Hartikainen (Finland)
  • Helsinki Iňač by Tomáš Boroš and Juraj Koban (Slovakia)
  • Baltic Tale of Nothingness by Constantinos Marcou and Costas Nicolaou with Stavros Marcou (Cyprus)

Competition chair Michael Sorkin said: ‘We initiated this project out of a sense of both outrage and love. Outrage at the march of the homogenizing multi-national brand culture emblematized by the imperial Guggeheim franchise – the cultural equivalent of Starbucks – was what launched us.’

He continued: ‘The feeling of love came from our mutual affection for Helsinki, from a sense that it is a singular place, unique in setting, form, and culture.

‘Understanding the impetus to acquire a Guggenheim as a pursuit of the vaunted Bilbao effect, the idea that some gaudy global repository would put a tired place on the map, we wondered why a city so indelibly fixed in the urban firmament, so superb, would want to surrender such a fabulous site to some starchitect supermarket.’

Judges included University of Greenwich professor Neil Spiller and Helsinki International Artist Programme director Juha Huuskonen.

London-based Asif Khan featured among six teams shortlisted in the official Guggenheim competition which receiving a record-breaking 1,715 entries.

The Guggenheim contest winner – set to be announced in June 2015 – will take home £80,000.






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