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Helsinki's New Museum of Architecture and Design Competition

Helsinki’s New Museum of Architecture and Design competition is a new design competition with the goal of finding a feasible proposal for a world-class museum building that will house a new museum of architecture and design in Helsinki, Finland.

By positioning Helsinki as a design-driven city and Finland as a global leader
in design and architecture, the new museum will serve as a beacon, attracting visitors and solidifying the city’s reputation as a hub for architecture, design, arts, and culture. The envisioned museum will not only showcase the remarkable journey of Finnish architecture and design but also act as a catalyst for dialogue on how these disciplines can address the contemporary challenges facing our societies.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Architectural quality and integration with the cityscape and urban structure
    • Does the proposed design create a new attractive, architecturally unique destination in Helsinki’s historic waterfront, while being respectful of the cultural and environmental values of the surrounding city scape and urban structure.
  • Building concept and its added value for the museum’s mission
    • How does the proposal leverage both indoor and outdoor spaces to host diverse programmes and events, ensuring a dynamic atmosphere that encourages repeat visits? Does the concept bring added value to the museum’s ambitious mission of rethinking the civic role of a museum?
  • Feel and look
    • Does the building create a unique spatial experience that is itself an expression of the possibilities of architecture and design as generators of public life, triggering curiosity and expressing its users’ imaginations?
  • Functionality, flow, and flexibility
    • How does the proposal meet the changing functional, cultural, and social needs of museum operations and users and create public areas optimized for hybrid programming to engage diverse audience groups, prioritizing holistic accessibility for individuals of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and needs?
  • Sustainability
    • Does the proposal prioritize energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and carbon footprint reduction in a cost-effective manner, while ensuring durability and financial viability over the building’s lifespan?
  • Feasibility and project costs
    • How feasible it is to develop the concept to meet practical constraints of cost, time, and other resources without compromising its original identity and qualities.

Prizes:

  • 1st prize €50,000
  • 2nd prize €35,000
  • 3rd prize €25,000

+ Each team that reaches Stage 2 of the competition will be awarded €50,000

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