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Preparations to establish a new architecture and design museum complex continue

Ministry of Education and Culture 10.10.2018 9.47
Press release
Preparations to establish a new architecture and design museum complex continue

The Ministry of Education and Culture and the City of Helsinki decided on 8 October to launch a preparation project to establish a new world-class architecture and design museum in Helsinki. The project will run until 28 February 2019.

The aim is to prepare a concept plan as the basis for the State, City of Helsinki and the foundations for the Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture to decide on the further preparation of the project and the related measures.

“Finland is very well known for architecture and design, and by this new museum we wish to further boost our image. It is important to bring the strong expertise and unique collections of the museums to wider use. This will contribute both to tourism and to Finland’s high cultural profile”, says Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport Sampo Terho.

Steering group for the project

The project is implemented in collaboration between the foundation for the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre and the foundation for the Design Museum. The steering group of the project, appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture and City of Helsinki, is chaired by Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Project Leader is Tuomas Auvinen, CEO of Creader.

In the preparation project a concept plan will be prepared for the new architecture and design museum. The plan will describe a shared view of the State, City of Helsinki and museums on the key objectives, practices and target visitors of the new complex and how it can be implemented in a way that represents the top international standard.

“Helsinki is strongly committed to carrying through internationally ambitious projects in our city. The new architecture and design museum would be an interesting addition to our already excellent offering, as well as an attractive destination for tourists. Helsinki wants to distinguish itself internationally as a world leader in architecture and design”, says Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori.

Inquiries:

Riitta Kaivosoja, Director-General, Ministry of Education and Culture, +358 295 3 30129, riitta.kaivosoja@minedu.fi
Sanna-Mari Jäntti, Director of Strategic Projects, City of Helsinki, +358 400 536 581, sanna-mari.jantti@hel.fi
Reetta Heiskanen, Interim Director, Foundation for the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre, +358 50 5449 094, reetta.heiskanen@mfa.fi
Jukka Savolainen, Museum Director, Foundation for the Design Museum, +358 50 307 0455, jukka.savolainen@designmuseum.fi
Tuomas Auvinen, CEO, Leader of the Project Group, +358 50 648 48, tuomas@creader.fi

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