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Moreau Kusunoki Architectes Wins the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced the winner of its Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition at a press conference held today in Helsinki. Beating out 1,714 other submissions, Paris-based Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has won the Guggenheim Helsinki museum competition with a design that celebrates a return of domesticity to the art experience. The winning design, dubbed “Art in the City,” breaks down the scale of the museum into a series of charred wood-clad, independent volumes that allow the city to permeate through it. In their entry, the architects described their proposal as “a sensitive and sympathetic approach to the context and nature of Helsinki,” which was an aspect lauded by jury chair Mark Wigley, AIA, in his remarks at today’s announcement. Moreau Kusunoki Architectes will receive a prize of €100,000 (about $112,732), and the five runners-up will each receive €55,000 (about $62,002).

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