Practices including Asif Khan visit Helsinki this week

Asif Khan will be visiting Helsinki this week as he finalises his bid to design the Guggenheim Helsinki museum.

Khan is the only UK architect among the six finalists that were whittled down last month from a record 1,715 entries received from 77 countries.

All six will spend three days in the Finnish capital later this week to view the site of the proposed museum as well as receive further briefings on the building programme along with feedback on their initial designs.

Final submissions go in this April with a winner announced in June. The victor will also receive $100,000, while the five runners-up will get $75,000.

The visit is intended to provide the six with information to help them develop their ideas, the Guggenheim’s deputy director Ari Wiseman said.

As well as representatives from the museum, the six will also have briefings with the City of Helsinki and Finland’s government.

Wiseman added: “We regard this public engagement as an indispensable element not only of the design competition but of everything we would expect to do in a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki.”

It is the Guggenheim’s first open design competition and is being run by Malcolm Reading Consultants. Images of the six shortlisted schemes have been unveiled but without attribution.


Shortlist in full

  • AGPS Architecture (Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, United States of America)
  • Asif Khan (London, United Kingdom)
  • Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, United States of America; Barcelona, Spain; and Sydney, Australia)
  • Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Moreau Kusunoki Architect (Paris, France)
  • SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain and Western Australia)