Archinect - News 2015-04-19T15:31:10-04:00 Guggenheim Helsinki finalists begin last leg of the competition Justine Testado 2015-01-12T02:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T09:44:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The six Guggenheim Helsinki finalists <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted early last month</a> will begin Stage Two of the highly debated competition with a visit to the museum site in Helsinki from January 14-16 as they start further development on their current proposals for final submission this April.</p><p>The names of the finalists have been revealed, but will not be matched to their proposals until the winner is announced in June 2015. The winning team will receive a prize of &euro;100,000 (approx. US$136,000), while each runner-up will receive&nbsp;&euro;55,000 (approx. US$75,000)</p><p>The finalists are:</p><ul><li>AGPS Architecture Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland; Los Angeles, USA)</li><li>Asif Khan Ltd. (London, United Kingdom)</li><li>Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, USA; Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia)</li><li>Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany)</li><li>Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Paris, France)</li><li>SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain; Western Australia)</li></ul><p>During the two-day visit, finalists will meet with the competition jury and Guggenheim Foun...</p> Archinect Project Collections presents your Guggenheim Helsinki proposals! Archinect 2014-12-30T19:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:23:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One of 2014's most popular news item was the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement of Stage One</a> of the not uncontroversial Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.</p><p>With a mind-boggling pool of over 1,700 Stage One entries (and one Idaho potato) from 77 countries, it's tough to grant each proposal an appropriate platform and audience&nbsp;&mdash; so we created a new exciting Archinect feature: <em>Project Collections</em>!</p><p>Over the past few weeks, many of you had already followed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our call</a> to share your own submissions as project posts directly on your Archinect people or firm profiles, and Project Collections has them now all accessible in one handy <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki list</a></strong>.</p><p>Haven't submitted your entry yet? Worry not&nbsp;&mdash; the collection is an ongoing effort and new matches are constantly being added to the list.</p><p><strong>TO SHARE YOUR GUGGENHEIM HELSINKI SUBMISSION: </strong></p><p>Simply submit your entries as <em>project</em> posts to your Archinect profile. Don't have a profile yet? Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> if you're a firm, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> if you're an individual.</p><p>We're adding entries t...</p> Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-04T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:07:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg recently won the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoring Alvar Aalto's historic Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. Established in 2008, the prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The biennial Knoll Prize will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on December 1, followed by a free public lecture from the winners. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000 and a limited edition Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Chair from Knoll.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> What do you think of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage One entries? Justine Testado 2014-10-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2014-11-03T13:31:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition reeled in a whopping 1,715 entries from 77 countries. Although the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation officially launched the competition this past summer, the idea of proposing a new Guggenheim Museum for the city of Helsinki has already stirred plenty of debate...Most of the entries received were from the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, and of course, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We picked out a few fairly promising submissions and more, uh, interesting ones.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out more of our picks and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> The Next Helsinki counter-competition launches in response to Guggenheim Helsinki controversy Justine Testado 2014-09-09T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:08:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the same day that Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition will conclude, The Next Helsinki is launching their own international call for alternative solutions to attract the best ideas that they believe would better meet the needs and enhance the city of Helsinki, Finland. Launched by a group of independent arts organizations and chaired by Michael Sorkin, The Next Helsinki bluntly addresses the controversy that the Guggenheim Helsinki competition has sparked [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below is <em>The Next Helsinki</em> announcement:</p><p>"Coinciding with the end of the official competition for the design of the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki, a group of independent arts organizations has issued a call for submissions for alternative ideas. This competition&mdash;titled The Next Helsinki&mdash;is designed to attract innovative ideas about how to more fully meet the city&rsquo;s cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.</p><p>Following the success of the Guggenheim Bilbao in transforming that region&rsquo;s tourist economy, many city managers have been seduced by the fantasy that a high-concept museum, designed by a starchitect, will turn around its urban fortunes in a similar way. Advocates of this branding formula see Helsinki as an ideal candidate for a new Guggenheim franchise. Yet the proposal has generated a surprisingly heated public debate among Finland&rsquo;s citizenry, with pro and anti-Guggenheim sentiment running high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Next Helsinki competition aims to elevate the debate by giving voice to b...</p> Helsinki Divided on Plan for a Guggenheim Satellite Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T18:46:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City boosters in this Nordic capital dream of a Guggenheim museum of Finnish wood rising near the Baltic Sea and one day drawing millions of tourists and cruise passengers. But the huge costs of the proposed development are stirring a backlash here against an institution that is ordinarily accustomed to eager suitors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki city council reserves plot for Guggenheim</a></p> Gaudí’s uncompleted masterpiece will finally be finished—in ice Alexander Walter 2014-06-30T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T13:57:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of students at the Eindhoven University of Technology are trying to build a new, temporary version of the monumental church well before then, but with some notable differences. At just over 123 feet tall, their Sagrada Familia will be a 1:4 model of the original. It will be erected on a site in Finland, almost 2,000 miles north of Barcelona. It will take them three weeks to build it this winter, rather than a century. And instead of stone, it will be constructed out of ice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Department of State and Finnish officials dedicate renovated U.S. Embassy in Helsinki Justine Testado 2014-04-30T20:35:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:33:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>U.S. Department of State, OBO, and local Finnish officials hosted the dedication ceremony for the new campus of the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland today. Located in the same 3-acre site since the 1930s in the Kaivopuisto District in downtown Helsinki, the $114 million project had Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, CA as design architect; PAGE of Arlington, VA as architect of record; and BL Harbert International LLC from Birmingham for construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Started in November 2011, the three-phase project consisted of renovating existing spaces and adding new facilities to enrich the campus. The transformation of the existing office annex into the new Innovation Center finished in January 2013 while completion of the new chancery in phase two happened this past February. If all continues to go well, the existing chancery and ambassador's residence will be renovated by this December.</p><p>Finnish cultural references in the new Embassy's aesthetics include the permanent art collection and the ne...</p> Helsinki city council reserves plot for Guggenheim Alexander Walter 2014-01-13T15:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:01:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that Helsinki has decided to reserve a plot in the South Harbour, the Guggenheim Foundation can organize and fund an international architecture competition for a potential Helsinki museum location.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Step Toward a Guggenheim in Helsinki</a></p> VERSTAS Architects’ Saunalahti School Exemplifies Finnish School Architecture Alexander Walter 2013-07-24T19:07:00-04:00 >2013-07-25T02:18:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Helsinki-based VERSTAS Architects has shared with us the beautiful Saunalahti Comprehensive School project in Espoo, Finland's second largest city. The school building, completed last fall, was the result of an open architecture competition in 2007 which VERSTAS Architects won.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>At the core of the design process for Saunalahti School stood the question of, primarily, how the physical school environment effects the learning results, and secondly, if a school building could also serve the larger audience as well. &ndash; Crucial thoughts considering the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">continuously highest ranking</a> of Finnish education in international comparison.</em></p> Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen Wins Purchase in Aurinkokivi School Competition Alexander Walter 2013-02-21T20:43:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T05:20:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Helsinki-based duo Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen has sent us their entry in the architectural competition for a future school concept in Vantaa, Finland. The design proposal for Vantaa's Aurinkokivi area was awarded a purchase prize for its inspiring architecture and child-friendly spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Another Step Toward a Guggenheim in Helsinki Archinect 2012-01-10T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T15:34:26-05:00 <em><p>The results are in from a yearlong feasibility study commissioned by the City of Helsinki and undertaken by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to examine the possibility of building a new Guggenheim Museum in Finland. The study concluded that yes, such a project would significantly boost Helsinki&rsquo;s efforts to become a cultural capital.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG to Design Ski Resort in Lapland Alexander Walter 2011-12-12T18:56:32-05:00 >2011-12-16T10:27:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG has just been announced winning an invited competition for Koutalaki Ski Village, a 47,000 m2 ski resort and recreational area in Levi, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Serlachius Art Museum Gösta Proposal by Eero Lunden Studio + Eric Tan of PinkCloud.DK Archinect 2011-08-17T01:49:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T17:58:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eero Lunden Studio from Helsinki, Finland and Eric Tan of Danish firm PinkCloud.DK have sent us their collaborative entry to the Serlachius Art Museum G&ouml;sta design competition in M&auml;ntt&auml;, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Church invests in modern architecture Archinect 2011-08-11T11:37:31-04:00 >2011-08-11T12:17:11-04:00 <img src="" width="479" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chapel of St. Lawrence in Vantaa and the famous Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki are both results of architectural competitions. The competition system has brought around a hundred church buildings to Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Serlachius Art Museum Gösta Proposal by MACA Alexander Walter 2011-06-27T14:24:03-04:00 >2011-06-28T05:12:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young, Madrid-based architecture office MACA has shared with us their entry to the international design contest for the extension to the Serlachius Art Museum G&ouml;sta in M&auml;ntt&auml;, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See more of MACA's work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>