The most talk-about event in the world of architecture this week was the announcement of the winner in the biggest architecture competition of the year, the Guggenheim Helsinki. The young Paris-based practice Moreau Kusunoki Architects, it was announce, will design the institution for American arts in the Finnish capital. The firm, founded ten years ago by husband and wife duo Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki, who began her career at the office of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban in Tokyo; Moreau moved to Tokyo after studying at Ecole Nationale d'Architecture de Belleville in Paris, and worked for both SANAA and Kengo Kuma. Their competition-winning design for the Polytechnic School of Engineering for the University of Savoie in Bourget-du-Lac is due to open next year, and their House of Cultures and Memories, a museum in the centre of Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana will open in 2017, also won through a competition in 2013 (above).
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