Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Moreau Kusunoki Architectes win Guggenheim Helsinki design competition

Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has today been announced as the winner of the design competition for the Guggenheim museum outpost in Helsinki. With expected construction costs of approximately €130 million (or £92.5 million), the building will be located in the South Harbour area of the Finnish capital, and will occupy a floor area of around 12,100 square metres, of which 4,000 will be for exhibition spaces.

The proposal by the French architecture practice was selected from a shortlist of six, which were whittled down from 1,715 entries in an anonymous international design competition.

The competition’s jury described the scheme as “a collection of linked pavilions, each orientated to respect the city grid, and anchored by a lookout tower” and found the design “deeply respectful of the site and setting, creating a fragmented, non-hierarchical, horizontal campus of linked pavilions where art and society could meet and inter-mingle. The connections between the pavilions have been well considered to permit a continuous gallery experience, if required.”

Images courtesy of the Guggenheim Foundation

Monday, 22 June 2015

Chips that grow human cells win top design award

London’s Design Museum has today announced that ‘Human Organs-on-Chips’, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, have won the 2015 Design of the Year Award.

Human Organs-on-Chips by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh

Developed as microdevices lined with living human cells that mimic the tissue structures, functions and mechanical motions of whole human organs, the Human Organs-on-Chips represent a major breakthrough in medicine. Utilised to their full potential, the chips can represent a promising advance towards developing new cures for diseases while potentially decreasing costs.

The winner was chosen from over 70 nominated designs across six categories, including architecture, digital, graphics, fashion, product and transport design. This is the first time in the eight years of the annual design competition that a product from the field of medicine has won the top prize. 

Human Organs-on-Chips by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh

Images courtesy of the Design Museum