Guggenheim museum in Helsinki gets preliminary approval

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2016 12:49 PM

HELSINKI (AP) — The Helsinki City board has narrowly recommended that the council approve a proposal to build a Guggenheim art museum in the Finnish capital.

In a reversal of a 2012 vote that seemed to have buried the project, the 15-member board voted 8-7 on Monday to approve the 130-million euro ($180-million) plan. A final decision is expected next week by the 85-member city council.

The city has pledged 80 million euros for the construction of the seafront museum, with the Guggenheim Helsinki fund donating the remaining 50 million euros.

Last year, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced that Paris-based architects Moreau Kusunoki won a design competition for the museum, which was proposed by the Guggenheim foundation in 2012 after the Helsinki mayor commissioned a feasibility study.