Guggenheim launch competition with architects to build Finnish post
To make headway in Spring this year
The unstable proposal to build an outpost of the Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki has been stabilised, after officials dismissed the idea of building the $185 million museum in May 2012. Then came the question of who would build the museum?
The answer was to launch an open architectural competition, a statement issued by the Guggenheim said that the competition "will provide an opportunity to deepen public discussion surrounding the proposed museum. We also believe it will bring Helsinki the heightened level of international attention the city deserves as a vibrant cultural center.''
The museum have conducted a study to determine the size and feasibility of the chosen plot which will be a section of land on the city's South Harbour waterfront. It will be midsize, around 129,000 square feet with 42,000 square feet of exhibition space. The study also estimated that there would be up to half a million visitors per year.
The competition which is set to begin in the spring will take up to a year to establish and then another vote by the Helsinki's city council will determine whether or not the museum proposed can be pursued.