Museum design

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NewsNews • 28 Aug 2021

Snøhetta’s new extension and landscape for the Ordrupgaard Museum in Denmark inspired by the Impressionist masterpieces it houses

North of Copenhagen in Charlottenlund, Denmark, the Ordrupgaard Museum houses a comprehensive collection of French and Danish art from the 19th and early 20th-century. The original museum building is a three-winged, neoclassical style mansion dating back to World War I. Laura Stamer In 2005, a modern 1,150m2 black and lava concrete extension designed by Zaha Hadid was added. Largely subterranean and partly excavated from the landscape, Snøhetta’s latest addition of a new extension and landscape offers additional exhibition space while forming a critical link between Hadid’s extension for special exhibitions and the museum’s original building and permanent collection. Laura Stamer Taking on the exterior a... More

NewsNews • 4 Aug 2021

Pilecki Family Museum balances a historic house, new pavilion, and garden with a compelling museum design narrative

Balancing three elements – a historic house, a new pavilion, and a garden – the Pilecki Family Museum by BDR Architekci is dedicated to famous World War II hero Witold Pilecki and his family. It is one of the last places to commemorate him, as the family home near Lida was demolished after the war.  Konrad Basan The house component of the museum is the former family home of Pilecki’s wife. A central element of the museum, the house was thoroughly restored and reconstructed from archival photos. Cellars were deepened and the attic rebuilt while original details, cornices and window frames were reconstructed. So as not to interfere with the external structure, wall insulation was added from the inside. The house i... More

NewsNews • 28 Jul 2021

Ascending tower form of the Munch Museum brings a contemporary vision of the museum to Oslo’s waterfront

Located on Oslo’s waterfront, the new Munch Museum by estudio Herreros offers a contemporary concept of a museum with a transcendental urban role and historic responsibility as a cohesive element of the community, not only of Oslo but of the entire country. Towering above the skyline at  60-meters in height, the exterior is clad in recycled, perforated aluminium panels with varying degrees of translucency. Adrià Goula At lower level, connected to a covered public space, the museum hosts recreational, commercial, cultural and restoration uses. Terraces, the observatory and a club are located at roof level. During the ascending journey from base to top of the tower, the works of Edvard Munch and different historical st... More

Project • By Nissen Richards StudioMuseums

The Museum at Wordsworth Grasmere

The Museum at Wordsworth Grasmere, the second phase of work at the former Lake District home of the great English Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, is now complete and open to the public from 18 May 2021, with all gallery, exhibition design and interpretative overviews by Nissen Richards Studio and the building’s remodelling and extension by Purcell. The first phase of re-design work by Nissen Richards Studio at Wordsworth Grasmere opened in summer 2020 and encompassed the conservation and reinterpretation of Dove Cottage itself, where William and Dorothy once lived, plus the design of a new identity for Wordsworth Grasmere and all signage and wayfinding for the scheme, which makes use of locally-sourced Lakela... More

NewsNews • 14 Apr 2021

The Field: A ‘residence’ for Buddha in a mundane world

The Field is an art gallery located within former aluminium factory buildings in Huli District, Xiamen City, China. Commissioned by the Buddha artist Jiang Sheng, TEAM_BLDG Architects renovated the buildings into a studio and exhibition space. The new purpose-specific space exhibits Sheng’s JIANGJIABAN Buddha statues in a way that reflects humanity alongside the divine and religious. Courtesy TEAM_BLDG In collaboration with the client, the architects conceived the architecture as merely a medium to carry the Buddha statues and contain the essence of Buddhism – a ‘residence’ for Buddha in a mundane world. The character of the original buildings remains visible. These buildings are called Building 1, Building 2,... More

NewsNews • 8 Apr 2021

Geometrically complex Museum of Semana Santa de Zamora responds to history and memory of site

The design for the New Museum of Semana Santa in Zamora by MATOS-CASTILLO arquitectos responds to the history and memory of the Zamoranos with respect while introducing a spatially dynamic and modern building that generates impact and regenerates the city. MATOS-CASTILLO arquitectos The geometric complexity of the building derives from the geometric complexity of the site itself, which comes as a result of the historic fabric and successive acquisition of plots for the museum. This complexity exists alongside a clear design order and succession of spaces and experience. MATOS-CASTILLO arquitectos A North-South axis defines the main circulation and arrangement of exhibition spaces. In fact, the axis direction is slightly deviated... More

NewsNews • 26 Mar 2021

Kuopio Museum extension adds a light and contemporary layer to a rich architectural context

Clad with a white, folded metal facade, this striking extension by Architects Davidsson Tarkela functionally and programmatically connects the existing Kuopio Museum of Cultural History, the Museum of Natural History and an existing library. Hovering over the glass entrance door, the reticulated façade adds a contemporary, light layer to the rich layers of historic build fabric that surround. Marko Huttunen The original Kuopio Museum is a listed building completed in 1907. The renovation and extension project aims to restore the museum to its original character, in particular its original wooden windows. Further to this, the renovation removes undesirable building additions that were completed in the 1960’s and provides b... More

NewsNews • 22 Oct 2020

Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum incorporates ancient kiln tectonics and materials

Known as the ‘Porcelain Capital of the World,’ Jingdezhen (China) has been producing pottery for 1,700 years. Historically a major exporter of porcelain to Europe, Jingdezhen developed around kiln complexes which included the kiln as well as workshops and houses. Furthermore, the city’s street pattern was generated by the nature of the industry, with the main streets running in a north-south orientation towards the Chang River, which served as the major point of transportation. Credit: Tian Fangfang Situated in an area adjacent to the east side of the Imperial Kiln Ruins, the Imperial Kiln Museum is positioned in alignment with the traditional north-south street grid. The entry of the museum, along with entry water p... More

Project • By AshariArchitectsCultural Centres

Fars cultural museum

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Project • By AIDIA STUDIOMuseums

Seoul Photographic Art Museum

Concept. We depart from the basic idea that a Photographic Art Museum should be a celebration of light and how space and architecture can be crafted by the multiplicity of atmospheres and effects it is able to create when traveling through and into materials. Our proposal seeks to provide an inspiring journey through different light atmospheres which are in tune with the specific purpose of each space. Form. After studying the tension between the deconstructed orthogonal forms of the 50 Plus Campus and the futuristic shape of the RSM, we opted for a more nuanced approach and settled with a cubical shaped building. This cube is then lifted on the corners welcoming visitors into a triangulated shaped lobby. The journey through the building... More

Project • By ARCH-1Museums

Modern Art Centre in Vilnius

Modern art museum architecture. Designed for competition to be built in Vilnius, Lithuania. More

Project • By Verner JohnsonMuseums

Museum at Prairiefire

As the signature building of a new 60-acre suburban live-work-play development, the Museum at Prairiefire was designed as a civic hub featuring world-class traveling exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History. By engaging the local population in broader cultural and scientific experiences, while architecturally celebrating the rich story of the region, the Museum grounds it within a larger context and helps forge an identity for the community. Through the use of color and sculptural forms, the design boldly contrasts with the surroundings, but touches the sensibilities of the locality by orchestrating distinctive materials, shapes and technologies to produce a new and provocative regionalism.The design concept evokes the... More

Project • By gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners ArchitectsMuseums

National Museum of China

The reconstruction and extension of the National Museum of China in Beijing merges the former Chinese History Museum and Chinese Revolutionary Museum. Originally completed in 1959 as one of ten major public buildings in Tiananmen Square in the immediate vicinity of the Forbidden City, the structure is still a milestone in modern Chinese architectural history. Elements of Chinese architectural tradition blend with a western, neoclassical architectural idiom. Eleven international architectural firms were invited to take part in the competition for the reconstruction and extension of this building, which was won by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners in association with CABR, Beijing. In October 2004, gmp and CABR were commissioned to... More

Project • By Asymptote ArchitectureMuseums

Guggenheim Guadalajara

Asymptote’s design for a new Guggenheim Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico projects an iconic architectural presence on a spectacular site. The four sculptural corner building volumes that rise up from the ground plane and the sweeping surfaces of the museum suspended above create a remarkable space that transitions between the city and the surrounding canyon. In this dynamic public space visitors can access the public amenities housed in the corner buildings, view large-scale sculptures on exhibit or enter the museum interior via escalators set against an extraordinary panorama. More

Project • By Daniel Mirer PhotographerCultural Centres

The Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, University of Nebraska

I had the opportunity to be the photographer to create architectural documentation of the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska for the 50th anniversary and the dedication of this PHILIP JOHNSON landmark building. (Images are currently on my website, please view at More