Museum design

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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

Project • By BergmeyerMuseums


The only museum in the world dedicated to this era, The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) was created by a team of visionaries and designers collaborating to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life. Supporting the vision of collector, founder, and philanthropist Rudy Ciccarello and the building's architect, Alfonso Architects, Bergmeyer was asked to collaborate on the museum's retail and café environments, signage, and wayfinding design. Seamus Payne Commercial Photography Approaching the design of the café and retail store as an extension and enhancement of the visitor experience, our design team created environments that are complementary to the building's architecture and collection. We carri... More

NewsNews • 22 Jul 2022

Shoe Quarter by CIVIC Architects brings the cultural history of shoemaking back to its roots

The new Shoe Quarter by CIVIC Architects brings a new and innovative knowledge centre for shoe design, fashion, and production back to the Dutch leather and shoe city of Waalwijk. Situated in a listed building complex originally designed by Alexander Kropholler in the 1930s, the partially renovated, transformed, and expanded building displays a collection of 12,000 shoes alongside exhibitions, a knowledge centre, library, workshop space, laboratories for design and prototyping, as well as a museum café. Caption Initially becoming a hub of production through the industrial development of the local craft of shoe craftsmanship, Waalwijk has in recent times seen shoe production disappear as an industry. A key aim of the Shoe Quar... More

NewsNews • 1 Apr 2022

H.C. Andersen Hus Museum by Kengo Kuma and Associates celebrates a fairy tale world through architecture

In the heart of the city where H.C. Andersen was born, the new H.C. Andersen Hus Museum by Kengo Kuma and Associates celebrates his stories and fairy tales not only in their written form but also through the physical spaces of the museum, cultural centre and garden.   Rasmus Hjortshøj The project site is located between a residential area with small traditional wooden houses from the middle age and the newly developed urban area of Odense. In response to its context, the architectural built form is diminished with the main exhibition spaces located underground. Above ground is an enchanting garden featuring a curving linear hedge that traces the outline of the exhibition spaces beneath the ground.  Rasmus Hjortsh&o... More

Project • By ATELIER BRÜCKNERExhibitions

Deutsches Museum Nürnberg

The Deutsches Museum Nuremberg is showcasing current research projects that may already influence our lives tomorrow. They concern the direct living environment of the individual: 'Work & Everyday Life' and 'Body & Mind'. Caption Courtesy of ATELIER BRÜCKNER Furthermore, it is about 'Urban Life' and the 'System Earth'. One exhibition area is also dedicated to mankind's dream of travelling through 'space & time'. Here the conquest of space is thematized and an understanding of the universe is conveyed. Participation laboratories and a virtual arena complete the permanent exhibition.  Caption The exhibition space is characterized by a grid, which is used as a basis that forms a changeable basic structure... More

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
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Project • By Urban FrameSports Centres

Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence

The birth of the idea to initiate a centre for sports excellence by the promotor, was to create a facility wherein an athlete receives ample opportunities to excel in the sports they choose. It was always about interdisciplinary learning, about understanding your body and mind better, and enhance the sports ecosystem from the aspect of the facility, coaching, sports science,  sports management and leadership.   Celebrating India's accelerated growth in Sports, CSE promotes the approach of sports for all. Having Football, Cricket, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Squash, Volleyball, Shooting, and Athletics, along with sports science, kinesiology, physiotherapy and hostels in one campus.    A pivotal aspect of the plann... More

Project • By AshariArchitectsCultural Centres

Fars cultural museum

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