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Project • By Nissen Richards StudioExhibitions

'China's hidden century' at the British Museum

The resilience and innovation of 19th-century China is the subject of a major new exhibition at the British Museum, designed by the exhibition and graphic design team at Nissen Richards Studio. ‘China’s hidden century’ focuses on the tumultuous period between 1796 and 1912, which led to the end of over 2,000 years of Qing dynastic rule and paved the way for the modern Chinese republic. The exhibition reveals a period of turmoil, but also of great innovation and creativity, driven by political, cultural and technological change. In the shadow of these events lie the stories of remarkable individuals – at court, in the military, in booming cosmopolitan cities and on the global stage – through which the period is... More

Project • By Robbrecht en Daem architectenPavilions

Het Huis

On top of a polished concrete base raised slightly off the ground, a light, gleaming, green-painted steel construction unfolds to form a shelter to protect delicate works of art. The diagonal lines of passage through this new pavilion interweave Middelheim Park with the Hortifloria Garden, a recent extension of this well-known Antwerp sculpture park. Filip Dujardin Four vertical recesses provide the entrances to the pavilion, divide the space into four and allow in natural light. The difference in the height of the walls gives rise to a complex composite roof surface which, with its boxed ceiling, unifies the internal spatiality. Filip Dujardin Robbrecht en Daem architecten More

Project • By Robbrecht en Daem architectenArt Galleries

Whitechapel Gallery

In the best museums and galleries one finds one's way through a series of rooms, where the artefacts are carefully lit and set off by calm backgrounds. A degree of repetition helps navigation, some variation helps orientation. Filip Dujardin The proposals for the Whitechapel Art Gallery are bold in their restraint (someone commented: 'where’s the architecture?') and seize a simple but powerful opportunity: lower and upper floors are configured as circuits of rooms, with the stylistically different but volumetrically similar existing galleries linked up by smaller, more domestically scaled gallery spaces. The subtle rhythms and contrasts of the rooms form the backdrop to the wide variety of work on display (historic and contempor... More

NewsNews • 24 Apr 2023

Five visions for new US Navy Museum unveiled

Conceptual renderings from 5 architectural firms for a new National Museum of the United States Navy (NMUSN) campus have been unveiled. Responding to an artistic competition from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) seeking concepts and ideas for the planned project, the 5 shortlisted firms (from a total of 37 submissions) are: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), DLR Group, Frank Gehry Partners, Perkins&Will, and Quinn Evans. The finalists’ designs are inspired by the Navy’s core values and attributes: strength, commitment, integrity, courage, honor, and initiative. DoD photo illustration by: Bjarke Ingels Group / Rendering by Negativ Located in Washington DC, the future state-of-the-art museum is envisioned by the... More

NewsNews • 24 Apr 2023

Miguel Marcelino reimagines a humble rural abode as a contemporary museum space

In Cascais, Portugal, Lisbon-based studio Miguel Marcelino Arquitecto transforms a humble rural house of Casal Salolio in Outeiro de Polima, one of the oldest standing houses in the area, into a modern museum space. © Archive Miguel Marcelino (photo by Lourenço T. Abreu) The former house underwent a series of successive transformations and expansions, resulting in a complex layer of architecture and history. The architects acknowledged the significance of the building's history and development over time and decided to reinstate the rural character of the house along with its architectural layers in their last recognizable form while introducing contemporary interventions. © Archive Miguel Marcelino (photo by... More

NewsNews • 20 Apr 2023

Paleis Het Loo – underground extension by KAAN Architects fitted into baroque landscape

Under the forecourt of Paleis Het Loo, a 5,000-square-meter expansion designed by KAAN Architects has been completed in recent years. This underground extension provides space for a new entrance area and new halls for temporary exhibitions. At the same time, the old palace has been restored, and firmer interventions have been made here and there. Caption The seventeenth-century palace is actually only a small part of a much larger, baroque landscape design, explains architect Dikkie Scipio of KAAN Architects. The visible part of that landscape consists of three monumental avenues leading up to the palace, a formal entrance plaza at the front, a formal ornamental garden at the rear, and then several ponds and meadows amid a large for... More

NewsNews • 27 Mar 2023

SO-IL gives cultural ensemble space in old glass factory

In the village of Meisenthal, located in the French Vosges Mountains, architectural firm SO-IL has given a new home to a number of cultural initiatives in an old glass factory. The three institutions - a museum, workshops for glassblowers and a multipurpose hall - have each been given more and better space. SO-IL also added an undulating, in-situ poured concrete surface that connects the various existing buildings and provides space for additional functions. © Iwan Baan The northern Vosges region used to be an important site of the glass industry. Heritage of this industry can still be found in several places, such as the village of Meisenthal. Here the historic glass factory, founded in 1704 and closed in 1969, was now in use... More

Project • By Piotr Krajewski - Architectural PhotographyMuseums

The Józef Piłsudski Museum

Photo shoot of the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek.The authors of the museum project are architects from the PIG Architekci, Radosław Kacprzak and Krzysztof Jaraczewski Piotr Krajewski - Piotr Krajewski - Piotr Krajewski - Piotr Krajewski - Piotr Krajewski -   More

NewsSpecification • 15 Mar 2023

10 remarkable museum buildings with distinctive façade systems

The design of museums goes beyond its function of housing artefacts and exhibits; their architecture embodies the essence of a place, its culture, and its identity. In museum architecture, the façade system is one of the most significant features of the building. It can provide a visual representation of the museum's goals, convey the history of the place, narrate a unique story, or make a bold statement.   Additionally, it also contributes to the building's functionality and sustainability. For instance, some museum buildings use innovative façade systems to control the amount of natural light, thereby reducing the need for artificial lighting and lowering energy consumption. While some help in protecting the collectio... More

NewsNews • 22 Feb 2023

David Chipperfield Architects wins National Archaeological Museum Athens competition

The competition for the renovation and expansion of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens has been won by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin. The winning plan envisions a semi-underground extension toward the street, providing a large square footage and park environment and better connecting the museum to the city. Copyright Filippo Bolognese Images The International Evaluation Committee unanimously selected David Chipperfield Architects Berlin's proposal from the shortlist of ten plans, the architecture firm says. David Chipperfield Architects Berlin will renovate and expand the museum so that it meets contemporary requirements and desires for accessibility and sustainability, with the architectural firm seeking to build o... More

Project • By JC. Architecture & DesignShops

A Little Museum

In the 1960s, with the economy in development and the population expanding rapidly after World War II, a group of architects formed the Metabolism movement. Using the core structure of the building as the load-bearing device, the architects of the Metabolism movement developed diverse ways to explore the land and space.Architect Kao, the designer of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, is one of the importantfigures of the Taiwanese Metabolism movement. Caption   The gift shop that we designed at 45 sqm, is located in the corner of the lobby. For asouvenir store which used to be the original ticket booth, it stands not only for asimple shop but also the history of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Here we incorporated the Metabolism concept... More

Project • By KossmanndejongExhibitions

Growth, what is that?

Growth is something we all strive for. But is what we call growth actually growth? The “market” acts as an authority and point of reference in our lives. It has taken hostage of our common idea of growth. To endure the pain, we collectively embark on a quest of “fixing the problem”, using the same approach that got us into this mess in the first place. We anxiously mend and maintain this idea of growth by adding prefixes: sustainable, equal, social, green, etc. Like a fairy tale no one believes in anymore but still needs to pursue. Complex, deeply intermeshed global issues are eroding our hard-wired societal systems. This calls for another line of reasoning. Kossmanndejong Labyrinthine Mesh Growth, what is tha... More

Project • By CambridgeSevenVisitor Center

Vue Orleans

Architecture and Exhibit Design Firm, CambridgeSeven, led the transformation of the former New Orleans World Trade Center into a new luxury hotel with condominiums and topped by a new typology of cultural attraction to provide visitors with a comprehensive introduction to the Crescent City. In partnership with Cortina Productions, the design team turned a former rotating cocktail lounge into Vue Orleans - an immersive visitor attraction to celebrate, experience and bring to life the Big Easy’s culture and heritage through state-of-the-art technologies and dazzling media productions. Kwesi Budu-Arthur - CambridgeSeven When reimagining the iconic mid-century building into a vibrant destination at the foot of Canal Street, Cambridg... More

Project • By Clear LightingMuseums

Airport Museum

National Aviation Museum of Korea integrated Flexglo™ F15 LED light strips into its massive outdoor lighting project. First on the observation plaza, F15 linear luminaires are mounted around the circular architecture that is made up of vertical fins. When the lights are on, the place turns into quite a spectacle in darkness. On another corner, F15 lighting fixtures are installed under the concrete benches to illuminate the seat area, providing safety for walkers. Outside the circular exhibition hall stands a high fence wall and F15 lights are installed discreetly in the underside of the structure to light up the space.  More

NewsNews • 11 Feb 2022

Sou Fujimoto nestles House of Music inside Budapest City Park

The 9,000 m2 House of Music is nestled amongst the trees inside Budapest’s City Park. Sou Fujimoto wanted to design the museum as a continuation of the park. Liget Budapest - Palkó György A large undulating canopy, made out of 1,000 honeycomb-shaped elements, aims to blur the boundaries between museum and park. The canopy is covered with 30,000 decorative tree leaves and punctured with 100 crater-like holes. Some are punctured by trees and others allow for natural light to flood the interiors. Liget Budapest - Palkó György “We were enchanted by the multitude of trees in the City Park and inspired by the space created by them. Whilst the thick and rich canopy covers and protects its surroundi... More