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Winning Guggenheim Helsinki design revealed

The jury praised the winning proposal as 'deeply respectful of the site'. Do you agree?

The French architecture firm Moreau Kusunoki Architects has won the competition to design the Guggenheim Helsinki, seeing off five other finalists from a total of 1715 original submissions. The firm’s design, which sets out a series of nine low pavilions around a squat lighthouse-like tower of charred timber, was praised by the jury as a place ‘where art and society could meet and inter-mingle’ and that was ‘deeply respectful of the site’.

The winning firm is only a few years old – it was set up by Hiroko Kusunoki and Nicolas Moreau in 2011 – and relatively unknown. They join the ranks of distinguished architects selected to design the Guggenheim’s various museums, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic building in New York, and Frank Gehry’s career-defining design in Bilbao.

What do you make of their proposal?

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