- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HELSINKI (AP) - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation says two Paris-based architects have won a design competition for a proposed museum in Helsinki.

Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong says the winning design by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes fits into Finland’s “heritage of wood” and “has an intimate relation with the sea which is the other side of the Finnish nature.”

The plan for charred timber covering a cluster of curved-roof pavilions with a large, square lighthouse-like tower on Helsinki’s waterfront was presented Tuesday. It was picked from six finalists, shortlisted last year among more than 1,700 entries from 77 countries.

The construction timetable remains unclear as Finnish authorities have yet to commit to financing most of the estimated 160 million-euro cost.

The New York-based nonprofit foundation runs several museums worldwide, including in Italy and Spain.

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David Keyton contributed to this report.


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