Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

guggenheimThis open, anonymous, two-stage welcomes submissions from individual architects or established or emerging architectural practices from anywhere around the world. August 15, 2014 Deadline for Q&As

Competition Stages

Stage One is an open call for participation based on a submission, which will be evaluated on five key criteria: cityscape, architecture, usability, sustainability, and feasibility.

From the Stage One entries, the jury will select six proposals to advance to Stage Two of the competition. These firms or individuals will be given further detailed material and invited to a briefing day in Helsinki. They will be asked to expand on their Stage One design and produce a master plan model.

Following submission and assessment of the Stage Two entries, a final interview may be held to determine a winner.

The winner of the competition will be awarded €100,000 and the five runner-ups will each receive €55,000.

The competition is scheduled to run for approximately one year from its launch on June 4, 2014 to the announcement of the winner in June 2015.

The competition is being organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC), a London-based specialist in architectural competitions. MRC’s role in the competition includes consulting with stakeholders at the Guggenheim Foundation, the City of Helsinki, the State of Finland, and the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), and ensuring absolute independence in the competition process.


The proposed Guggenheim Helsinki will be an innovative, multi-disciplinary museum of art and design.
Competition site from Tähtitornin vuori park, looking north east. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

The proposed Guggenheim Helsinki will be an innovative, multidisciplinary museum of art and design. It should be of the highest architectural quality, creating a meaningful presence in Helsinki and offering civic space where both residents and visitors can gather. A prominent site has been reserved for the building at the symbolic gateway to the city from the sea, and close to the historic center. The wider Eteläsatama area forms a significant regeneration zone.

A decision on whether to proceed with the construction and development of the museum is expected to be brought to the City of Helsinki and the State of Finland for consideration following the conclusion of the competition and the public announcement of the winning design.

The building’s total anticipated construction value is €130 M, excluding taxes, and the total site area is approximately 18,520 square meters. The total floor area designated for the museum building is approximately 12,100 square meters, of which approximately 4,000 square meters will be exhibition spaces. All areas of the museum should be conceived in terms of how they support social interaction and the experience of art.

The museum building will include galleries, a flexible performance hall, educational space, a large café/bar, a smaller formal restaurant, administrative offices, practitioner spaces, collections storage, a retail store, and other facilities. Outdoor spaces for the display of sculpture and projects are also needed.

Finland leads the world in sustainable bioeconomy. Creative use of Finnish wood, one of the country’s greatest resources, should be considered. Additionally, the latest digital technology should be incorporated into the design.

For full details, download Competition Conditions

Project principles

  • Outstanding, engaging, original design
    Potential to become a landmark and a symbol of Helsinki
    Sensitivity to historic waterfront setting
    Sustainable placemaking from an economic, social, and environmental perspective
    Strong connections to the historic city center, harbor and urban context, which are evident and enjoyable in all seasons
    A design informed by Nordic ideals, including openness and accessibility


  • June 4, 2014 Launch
  • August 15, 2014 Deadline for Q&As
  • September 10, 2014 Stage One Submission Deadline
  • Fall 2014 Shortlist Announced
  • November 2014 Stage Two Launch
  • March 2015 Stage Two Submission Deadline
  • Spring 2015 Public Exhibition of Finalists’ Designs
  • June 2015 Winner Announced

Guggenheim Issues Global Call for Entries in for New Proposed Museum in Helsinki


Stage One Open to Architects June 4-September 10, 2014 Distinguished Jury to Choose Finalists and Select Winning Proposal in First Open Competition to Design a Guggenheim Museum
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Kate Lydecker
Polskin Arts and Communications Counselors
+ 1 212 715 1602 ​
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Images related to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition may be downloaded free of charge through the Guggenheim website.

E-mail us with any questions.

Competition Information

Jayne Broomhall
Malcolm Reading Consultants
+ 44 (0) 20 7831 2998
Media Inquiries

Kate Lydecker
Polskin Arts and Communications Counselors
+ 1 212 715 1602

The competition is made possible by the Guggenheim Helsinki Supporting Foundation, Guggenheim Helsinkiin Association, Louise och Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, and private individuals who wish to remain anonymous.

LINK: Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition 


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