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23 Examples of Impressive Museum Architecture

08:00 - 18 May, 2017

Designing a museum is always an exciting architectural challenge. Museums often come with their own unique needs and constraints--from the art museum that needs specialist spaces for preserving works, to the huge collection that requires extensive archive space, and even the respected institution whose existing heritage building presents a challenge for any new extension. In honor of International Museum Day, we’ve selected 23 stand-out museums from our database, with each ArchDaily editor explaining what makes these buildings some of the best examples of museum architecture out there.

Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum / Álvaro Siza Vieira

03:00 - 19 July, 2016
Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +85

Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum by Álvaro Siza Opened its Doors in Chaves, Portugal

12:00 - 9 July, 2016

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +112

Last month another building by Álvaro Siza Vieira, the Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum in Chaves, Portugal commemorated its inauguration. To celebrate its opening, Fernando Guerra, from Últimas reportagens shared with us an amazing series of photographs.

See all the photos and learn more about the museum below.

Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

18:00 - 25 June, 2016

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +184

In honor of Álvaro Siza Vieira's birthday, photographer Fernando Guerra has shared photos of the Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles project in Spain.

Through 181 images, Guerra shows us Siza's masterful play of light and shadow. The photos allow us to experience a full day at the museum: the morning sun, followed by sunset and finally, the museum illuminated at night. 

Below, see the gallery and learn more.

“NEIGHBOURHOOD - Where Alvaro Meets Aldo”: The Portuguese Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 24 February, 2016
“NEIGHBOURHOOD - Where Alvaro Meets Aldo”: The Portuguese Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale , Campo di Marte, Giudecca,  de Álvaro Siza. Image © Alberto Lagomaggiore
Campo di Marte, Giudecca, de Álvaro Siza. Image © Alberto Lagomaggiore

Portugal has unveiled the theme of its contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale: “Neighborhood – Where Alvaro Meets Aldo.” Curated by Nuno Grande, a Portugese architect, teacher, critic, and curator, and Roberto Cremascoli, an Italian architect and longtime collaborator of Álvaro Siza Vieira, the exhibition will focus on the works of both Álvaro Siza and Aldo Rossi

The Portuguese exhibition is unique in that it will be installed on Venice’s Giudecca island, where Siza’s 1985 social housing project Campo di Marte is located. Campo di Marte is part of a larger plan on the island, which includes designs by other architects such as Aldo Rossi, and was never fully completed.

Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Aresta + G.O.P.

12:00 - 4 February, 2016
Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Aresta + G.O.P., © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +33

AD Classics: Expo'98 Portuguese National Pavilion / Álvaro Siza Vieira

01:00 - 2 January, 2015
AD Classics: Expo'98 Portuguese National Pavilion / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Dacian Groza
© Dacian Groza

At the Expo ’98 Portuguese National Pavilion, structure and architectural form work in graceful harmony. Situated at the mouth of the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal, the heart of the design is an enormous and impossibly thin concrete canopy, draped effortlessly between two mighty porticoes and framing a commanding view of the water. The simple, gestural move is both weightless and mighty, a bold architectural solution to the common problem of the covered public plaza. Under the graceful touch of Álvaro Siza Vieira, physics and physical form theatrically engage one another, and simplicity and clarity elevate the pavilion to the height of modern sophistication.

© flickr user bricolage 108 © flickr user Paulo Guerra © flickr user Valentina Innocente © Dacian Groza +12

Iberê Camargo Foundation: Standards and Variations

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

It could have been a rectangular prism whose length measures forty-one meters and a half, whose width measures thirty-three meters, and whose height measures twenty-five meters. It could have been, if the projection had ended in the trace of a pure rule. It could have been almost the same: three elevated plans, each formed by three rectangular exhibitions rooms, placed at two consecutive faces and connected by ramps that run on the two other faces. Then, a four-story-high atrium rises between circulations and rooms, creating a diagonal symmetry inside the building.

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huai'an, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Álvaro Siza e Carlos Castanheira
  • Portugal’s Office

    CC&CB - Arquitectos Lda.
  • Principals in charge

    1st phase (preliminary project) : Pedro Carvalho, Luís Reis. 2st phase (execution project) : Luís Reis
  • Collaborators

    Diana Vasconcelos, Susana Oliveira, Elisabete Queirós, Orlando Sousa, Rita Ferreira, João Figueiredo, Caitriona, Carolina Leite, Anand Sonecha.
  • Local Permit Architects and Engineers

    United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
  • Project management & construction supervision

    Stephen Wang, Richard Wang, Chiou-Huei Lin (WZWX Architecture Group)
  • 3d Models/Renders

    Francesco Sechi, João Figueiredo, Pedro Afonso, José Soares
  • Creative Integration Consultant

    Xue Xue Institute, Xue Xue Foundation
  • Engineering

    Shanghai Qingya Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Co. (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, telecommunications and security installation) RFR Shanghai (Stuctural review) Geberit China (Water drainage)
  • Construction company

    Zhejiang Urban Construction Group
  • Consultants

    HDP – Paulo Fidalgo (Structure) GET – Raul Bessa (Mechanical) GPIC – Alexandre Martins (Lighting) SIKA – Helena Beleza (Waterproofing of the concrete construction)
  • Client

    Por-Shih Lin, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
  • Project Area

    11000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

AD Classics: Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse) / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Peter Brinkert

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
AD Classics: Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse) / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Peter Brinkert, © via Wikipedia Commons
© via Wikipedia Commons

Bonjour Tristesse is a social housing project designed by Portuguese Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Located in Berlin, the project was Siza’s first built work outside of his native country.  Siza’s design offers a meaningful precedent in urban densification, demonstrating a delicate balance between contextual awareness, creative freedom, and progressive vision.

Project site before construction. Image © Flickr user Hen's March © Flickr user Humberto Marum © Flickr user lortnoc © Flickr user jaime.silva +9

Álvaro Siza + Juan Domingo Santos Design “New Gate of Alhambra”

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
Álvaro Siza + Juan Domingo Santos Design “New Gate of Alhambra”, Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + Juan Domingo Santos; Rendering by LT Studios
Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + Juan Domingo Santos; Rendering by LT Studios

Commissioned after winning an international competition in 2010, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera and Granada-based Juan Domingo Santos have unveiled designs for a new entrance and visitors center at the Alhambra World Heritage site. A result of “superimposing a regular geometry over a territory of topography,” the new gate rearranges visitor access into the more than 1000-year-old monument through a series of enclosed, shaded courtyards and open, sunlit terraces. 

Following to his experience at the Alhambra in 2009, Siza journaled about his envision for the new gate, stating: “…from bright sun to shadows, from warmth to coolness, from wide to intimate focus, I like to dream about my project before I set it down in any detail.”

AD Classics: Boa Nova Tea House / Álvaro Siza Vieira

01:00 - 5 April, 2013
AD Classics: Boa Nova Tea House / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

The Boa Nova Tea House, one of Siza's earliest commissions, was awarded to him in 1956. His collaborator, Fernando Tavora, had won the competition for the project and passed it onto Alvaro Siza. Its location close to Siza's home town had its significance, especially due to the architect's intimate familiarity with the landscape. This is noticed in his incorporation of the rock formation, the ocean, and the greenery within the project, revealing a vivid understanding of the qualities of the local landscape. Alongside the Leça Swimming Pools, this project represents the foundation of Siza's architecture with a compelling regard for nature.

© Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig +15

Fire Station in Santo Tirso / Alvaro Siza

01:00 - 18 February, 2013
Fire Station in Santo Tirso / Alvaro Siza, © Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography
© Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography

© Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography © Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography © Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography © Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography +63

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santo Tirso, Portugal
  • Project Coordinator

    José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira
  • Design Team

    Marco Rampulla, Pablo Elinbaum, Patrícia Teixeira, José Pedro Silva
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Vidago Palace & Spa / Alvaro Siza

01:00 - 18 May, 2012
Vidago Palace & Spa / Alvaro Siza, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +11

Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

01:00 - 27 September, 2011
Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza, © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra +54

  • Architects

    Alvaro Leite Siza
  • Location

    Lugar das Carvalhinhas - Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
  • Architects

    Alvaro Leite Siza
  • Services

    GOP
  • Landscape

    Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
  • Client

    Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
  • Contractor

    Óscar Gouveia
  • Materials

    Concrete
  • Site Area

    1000 m2
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira

01:00 - 6 August, 2011
AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira

AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Leça de Palmeira, Portugal
  • Architect

    Alvaro Siza
  • References

    Galinsky, Architecture Projects
  • Project Year

    1966

Architecture City Guide: Berlin

10:00 - 27 July, 2011
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / alexthompson. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / alexthompson. Used under Creative Commons

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Berlin. The twentieth century changed nearly all cities, but perhaps none more so than Berlin. From its destruction in World War II that left few historic buildings intact to its division until 1989 that brought together the architecture of two competing ideologies into one city, Berlin’s modern and contemporary architecture speaks to a past that seldom accompanies such recent additions. The city is filled with new and wonderful architecture that might not have found space in other cities in Europe. With that in mind, we were unable feature all our readers’ suggestions on the first go around. We will be adding to the list in the near future, so please add more of your favorites in the comment section below. Once again, thanks to all our readers for your help.

The Architecture City Guide: Berlin list and corresponding map after the break.

Fez House / Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira

01:00 - 22 February, 2011
Fez House / Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira, © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra +44