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Competition
Design Competition

An invitation to design the new museum of architecture and design in Helsinki, Finland.

We are seeking a design for a globally unique museum building that redefines Helsinki as a destination for architecture, design, arts, and culture.

The design for the new museum, located in Helsinki’s South Harbour, will be selected through an open, international and anonymous competition, held in two stages.

The competition has begun on 15 April, 2024. Closing date for Stage 1 submission is 29 August, 2024. Results of the competition will be announced in September 2025.

Competition Brief

Browse the competition brief or download the brief and its appendices below.

The competition brief outlines the qualities we are hoping to create in the new museum: an open, welcoming, calm, reflective space which will be embraced by the widest possible profile of visitors.

The lead designer must have a master’s degree in architecture and be a resident and have a license to practice architecture in an EU country, or in a country which is a party to the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA 2012).

The competition seminar will be held online on 24 April, 2024 at 15:00–17:00 (GMT+3). Competition participants and prospective participants have the opportunity to submit questions regarding the competition brief here.

The competition is organized by the Real Estate Company ADM, owned by the City of Helsinki and the State of Finland, and the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design, in collaboration with the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA. Strategic partners for the museum project are DVDL Cultural Planners (New York) and Haahtela Group.

In case you are phasing challenges on downloading the competition materials, please contact us on designcompetition@admuseo.fi.

See competition brief on Issuu
Key Dates

Competition begins

15 April, 2024

The competition brief is published. Preregistration is not required. The lead designer must have a master’s degree in architecture and be a resident and have a license to practice architecture in an EU country, or in a country which is a party to the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA 2012).

Competition seminar (online)

24 April, 2024

3–5 pm - GMT+3

Competition seminar is held online at 3–5pm GMT +3 (Helsinki) / 1–3pm GMT +1 (London) / 8–10am GMT -4 (New York). The seminar is open for all. Join the streaming here.

Final date to submit questions regarding the competition

12 May, 2024

2 pm – GMT +3

Prospective competition participants can submit questions regarding the competition brief. Submit questions here. Answers to the questions are aimed to be published on the competition website by the end of May.

Closing date for Stage 1 submission

29 August, 2024

5 pm – GMT +3

Competition entries must be digitally submitted before deadline through the submission portal. The link for the portal will be published on this website. The submission portal will close at the given time on the last day of submission.

Announcing the finalists

December, 2024

The jury will select 3–5 entries for the Stage 2 of the competition.

Competition Stage 2

Feb – May, 2025

The selected participants will further develop their entries based on the jury’s feedback.

Competition results announced

September 2025

The results of the competition are expected to be published in September 2025.

Jury

An international Jury of leading architects, cultural experts and policymakers has been assembled to judge entries to the competition.

The competition Jury consists of the following members:

Chair of the Jury

Mikko Aho

Architect SAFA

Vice Chair of Real Estate Company ADM

Vice Chair of the Jury

Juha Lemström

Architect SAFA

Chair of Real Estate Company ADM

Gus Casely-Hayford

Director

V&A East

Beatrice Galilee

Architect, Executive Director

The World Around

Kaarina Gould

CEO

Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design

Salla Hoppu

Architect SAFA, Leading Architect

City of Helsinki

Beate Hølmebakk

Architect, Professor, Partner

Manthey Kula Architects

Riitta Kaivosoja

Director General

Ministry of Education and Culture, Department for Art and Cultural Policy

Matti Kuittinen

Architect, Associate Professor

Aalto University

Sari Nieminen

Architect SAFA

Architect Office Sari Nieminen

Miklu Silvanto

Designer, Entrepreneur

Member of the Board of AD Museum Ltd.

Anni Sinnemäki

Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment

City of Helsinki

Hannu Tikka

Architect SAFA, Professor

APRT Architects

Learn more about the jury
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What?
A new museum is coming to town.

A new museum of architecture and design is coming to Helsinki. A natural destination for architecture and design lovers, the museum will also be a place for learning, sharing, and coming together for all curious minds. A new museum building near the historic harbour in central Helsinki will house state-of-the-art exhibitions and forward-looking programmes. With new technologies, the whole world can participate in the conversation.

Both the City of Helsinki and the State of Finland have conditionally committed to backing the new museum with significant donations. Three private foundations have joined forces, with the total capital raised almost reaching the target of 150 million euros. All parties have set conditions for their funding, with the common one being that the museum must be in a class of its own – globally. An institution that redefines the concept of a museum yet being respectful to the responsibilities of a national museum in its field.

Suunnittelukilpailu
Suunnittelukilpailu

Uudelle arkkitehtuuri- ja designmuseolle toteutetaan Helsingin Makasiinirantaan arkkitehtonisesti ja kaupunkikuvallisesti korkealuokkainen museorakennus, joka luo puitteet kansainvälisen huipputason museotoiminnalle.

Uudesta museorakennuksesta järjestetään yleinen ja kansainvälinen, kaksivaiheinen suunnittelukilpailu.

Suunnittelukilpailu alkaa 15. huhtikuuta 2024. Kilpailun 1. vaihe päättyy 29. elokuuta 2024. Kilpailun tulokset julkistetaan syyskuussa 2025.

Let's be in touch

Below you’ll find contact details of the project team planning the new museum of architecture and design.We would love to keep you posted through our Newsletter.

Check also the FAQ for more information.

News
Latest news regarding the new museum.
Illustration by Anja Reponen
Contact & FAQ
Illustration by Anja Reponen
Let's be in touch

Below you’ll find contact details of the project team planning the new museum of architecture and design.We would love to keep you posted through our Newsletter.

Check also the FAQ for more information.

Tietoa museosta
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Kuvitus: Anja Reponen
Mitä?
Maailman paras museo

Helsinkiin on tulossa uusi arkkitehtuuri- ja designmuseo, joka yhdistäisi Arkkitehtuurimuseon ja Designmuseon sekä niiden laajat kokoelmat. Uusi arkkitehtuuri- ja designmuseo olisi kaikille avoin paikka, jonka sisällöt ja palvelut synnyttävät elämyksiä sekä oivalluksia. Se tarjoaisi ympäristön suomalaiselle muotoilulle ja arkkitehtuurille sekä kansainväliselle vuoropuhelulle.

Helsingin kaupunki ja Suomen valtio ovat ehdollisesti sitoutuneet pääomittamaan uutta museota yhtä suurin osuuksin. Ehdollisten pääomittajien joukkoon on liittynyt myös kolme yksityistä säätiötä. Kaikki osapuolet ovat asettaneet rahoitukselleen ehtoja, joita yhdistää korkea kunnianhimon taso. Tekeillä on aivan uudenlainen kansainvälisen huipputason museo, joka kantaa muistiorganisaation roolia viisaasti ja vastuullisesti.

News
Latest news regarding the new museum.
Illustration by Anja Reponen
Contact & FAQ
Illustration by Anja Reponen
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A new Home for ArcHitectUre and design in helsinki
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