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15/4/2024
Open, International Competition Launched for the New Museum of Architecture and Design
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15/2/2024
City of Helsinki Announces Funding for New Museum of Architecture and Design – Design Competition to Commence in April
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4/10/2023
New company established to continue the missions of the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Museum
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16/3/2023
New Museum of Architecture & Design in Helsinki receives donation from The Asahi Shimbun
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16/3/2023
Decisions on the funding of the New Museum to be made during 2023
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24/11/2022
‘Saaret’ Wins International Competition to Develop Makasiiniranta Shoreline
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14/11/2022
Advisory Group Appointed for the New Museum of Architecture & Design
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28/9/2022
Founding a New Institution: "What Is the River We Are Trying to Cross?"
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5/9/2022
Real Estate Company ADM Founded for the AD Museum’s Construction Project
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23/8/2022
Join the Conversation: New AD Museum and Open Design Professions
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David van der Leer will moderate a conversation with panelists Liza Chong, Joseph Grima, and Zeynep Falay von Flittner.
6/7/2022
What's up with the New Museum of Architecture and Design?
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4/7/2022
Future of South Harbour now open for comments
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8/6/2022
"Helsinki is ready for more" – international partner sees a ton of potential in the museum
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David van der Leer and Maria Budtz Sorensen of DVDL at the location for the future museum in Helsinki's South Harbour.
28/4/2022
Foundation for Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design established
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Foundation for Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design was established at the Helsinki City Hall.
17/3/2022
Four proposals selected for the second phase of the Makasiiniranta competition
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16/12/2021
Makasiiniranta’s international competition entries published
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Helsinki South Harbour area
10/11/2021
New visual identity gives shape to the plans of a new museum
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10/11/2021
Meet the project team
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10/11/2021
Breaking the records – interview with the chair of the steering group, Timo Laitinen
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10/11/2021
Towards a new museum – the histories of the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum on display at the Design Museum in Helsinki
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10/5/2021
Project leader Kaarina Gould: Museums can play a significant role in public discussion
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8/4/2021
Exceptional financial basis raised for new architecture and design museum - at least 24 million euros of private funding
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24/3/2021
Next steps for planning a new museum for architecture and design
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Snowy Helsinki city viewed from the top
15.02.2024
Q&A – Learn More About the Upcoming Design Competition
Below you will find questions and answers related to the design competition for the new AD Museum. The competition brief will be published on 15 April, 2024, when the competition begins.

What is the competition about?
The Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design, together with the Real Estate Company ADM (owned by the City of Helsinki and the State of Finland), are launching a design competition with the goal to find a feasible proposal for a globally unique museum building that will house the AD Museum – the new national museum of architecture and design in Helsinki, Finland.

The competition for the AD Museum will be open, international, anonymous, and will be held in two stages from April 2024 to September 2025.

More information about the museum project is available on this site, and in the attached presentation.
What is the AD Museum?
The AD Museum as an organisation was born through a merger of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (founded in 1952) and the Design Museum (founded in 1873) at the beginning of 2024. The museum currently operates in two historic buildings that were never meant for museum purposes.

A plan to build a new museum building was initiated by the two museums, the City of Helsinki and the State of Finland jointly. The City of Helsinki has designated a site for the new museum building in the Makasiiniranta waterfront district in the South Harbour of Helsinki.

The competition brief is based on a thorough service design process studying the operational model, the concept, and the role of the new museum.

The design of the museum building will thoughtfully consider this important location on Helsinki’s rejuvenated waterfront. It will become a centrepiece of a new public realm that will weave through the city’s southern districts, inviting visitors and residents to come together.

The funding for the new museum building has been secured with significant contributions from the City of Helsinki, the State of Finland, and a number of private foundations.
What is the schedule of the competition?
The competition opens on 15 April, 2024, when the competition brief will be published on the competition website. The deadline for submissions for the competition entries in Stage 1 of the competition is in August, 2024. The jury will select 3–5 entries to Stage 2 of the competition, which takes place from February to May, 2025. Results of the competition are expected to be announced in September 2025.
Who is the organiser of the competition?
The Real Estate Company ADM, owned by the City of Helsinki and the State of Finland and founded solely for the purpose to develop and build the AD Museum, has partnered with the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design to organise the competition. The competition is arranged in collaboration with the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA).
What is the language of the competition?
The competition language is English. The competition brief and all main appendices will be available in English. However, after the competition phase, the winning team must include members that have good Finnish language skills.
I live and work outside of Finland, can I participate in the competition?
Stage 1 of the competition is open to individuals and design teams with the following eligibility criteria:

The responsible designer must present the following qualifications:

- A completed university level master’s degree in architecture.

- Confirm that they have the right to practise as an architect in their country of residence.

- The person must be a resident of European Union countries or a resident of countries that are parties to the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA 2012).

If all other criteria are met:

- A design team may contain members from countries that do not fall under the scope of the European Union and its procurement legislation.
What kind of team do I need to fulfil the demands of the competition assignment?
The competition is an architectural competition with a purpose to find a design solution for the AD Museum. To fulfil the demands of the assignment and meet the museum's ambitions, the competition organiser encourages participating design teams to employ their diverse and cross-disciplinary expertise from Stage 1 of the competition onwards.
I am studying architecture, can I participate in the competition?
In the competition, the responsible designer must have a completed university level master’s degree in architecture and right to practise as an architect in their country of residence.
Do I need to register for the competition in advance?
No separate registration is needed. Anyone meeting the eligibility criteria can take part in the competition by submitting a competition entry by the given deadline. There is no fee for submitting an entry.
What are the prizes in the competition?
The competition organiser will award prizes up to €400,000 in total. Distribution of the awards will be described in the competition brief. The competition organiser will submit a tax exemption request to the Finnish Tax Authority for the prizes and purchases. According to its competition rules, the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) will collect 7 % of all prizes and purchases. The prizes will be paid through SAFA.
Is there a possibility to visit the competition area or will there be a competition seminar?
The competition area is a public space, and it can be accessed at any time. No guided visit will be arranged in Stage 1 of the competition. A competition seminar will be held online on 24 April, 2024. Please follow the competition website for details.
What kind of documents are needed for the submission?
In Stage 1, the required documents will be submitted digitally in PDF format. The competition organisers may ask the authors of the upper category proposals to prepare a digital 3D model. Entry requirements will be detailed in the competition brief, to be published on 15 April, 2024.
The competition will be held in two stages, what does this mean?
In Stage 1 of the competition, the jury is looking for a conceptual building design that meets the criteria laid out in the project. For Stage 2 of the competition, the jury will select 3 to 5 entries that both meet the evaluation criteria and exhibit the greatest development potential. Design teams selected for Stage 2 will further develop their proposals based on feedback delivered as part of the jury’s evaluation process at the end of Stage 1. The teams selected for Stage 2 must also supplement their teams with required expertise.
Will the building project be realized and when will the museum open?
The new museum is scheduled to open its doors in 2030, with construction starting in 2027. The project has been made possible by donations from the City of Helsinki, the State of Finland, and a number of private donors, including the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, and the Saastamoinen Foundation.
Before the competition begins, the competition organiser will not answer any further questions regarding the competition brief. When the competition begins and the competition brief has been published, there will be an opportunity to submit questions regarding the competition.

To read more about the background and planning of the museum, please see our FAQ.
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