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December 5 2014
Helsinki’s Guggenheim competition, one of the highest profile architectural contests in recent years, made headlines after drawing 1,715 anonymous entries – an unprecedentedly crowded field that left most unable to cross the Finnish line. The buildings spikes and skew spires animate the Helsinki skyline, yet the architecture integrates with the landscape against park Tähtitornin vuori. “Our proposal playfully oscillates between the sea, land and the city, leaving visitors and viewers with questions.”
Another overlooked practice, Smith Scott Mullan Associates, came forward with their own take on the prized commission by drawing on cultural references such as Upenskin Cathedral and shipping. Alistair Scott commented: “Our building has been sliced and divided creating a diagonal glazed slash through the building which connects a view from Tahititornin Vuori Park to the Cathedral.