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ArchDaily Editors Select 20 (More) Amazing 21st Century Museums

In honor of International Museum Day we’ve collected twenty compelling museum projects. In this round up you’ll find a truly global selection; from Wang Shu's Ningbo Historic Museum in China and Tod Williams + Billie Tsien's Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia to Monoblock's Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires, see all of our editors’ favorites after the break!

House NX / ARX

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Cascais, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Nuno Mateus, José Mateus,Alexandra Margaça
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

11 Houses in Murtal / ARX

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Cascais, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
  • Project Year: 2004
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

Forum Sintra / ARX

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: IC19, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: ChapmanTaylor España - Arquitectura y Urbanismo, ARX PORTUGAL, Arquitectos Lda., José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
  • Design Team: Sofia Raposo, Ricardo Guerreiro, Emanuel Rebelo, Fábio Cortês, Diana Afonso, Miguel Torres, Filipe Cardoso, Marc Anguille, Bruno Martins, Joana Pedro, Décio Cardoso
  • Area: 23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

Mythos Building / ARX

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Nuno Mateus, José Mateus
  • Design Team: Paulo Rocha, Sónia Luz, Bruno Gonçalves, Gonçalo Azevedo, Nuno PInto, Ruden Arend, Sofia Raposo.
  • Area: 15300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: 3060-284 Covões, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
  • Design Team: Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva, Marco Roque Antunes, Nuno Grancho, Tiago Santos, Andreia Tomé, Tânia Pedro, Clara Martins, Pedro Sousa, Alain Gameiro
  • Area: 4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Ílhavo, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge: José Mateus, 
Nuno Mateus
  • Work Team: Ricardo Guerreiro, Fábio Cortês, Ana Fontes, Baptiste Fleury, Luís Marques, Sofia Raposo, Sara Nieto, Héctor Bajo
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

House in Leiria / ARX Portugal

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Leiria, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX / José Mateus + Nuno Mateus, Sofia Raposo, Bruno Gonçalves, Pedro Jesus
  • Engineering: SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia, Lda.
  • Contractor: Manuel Mateus Frazão
  • Area: 1010.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: 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

House in Possanco / ARX Portugal

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Possanco, 7580, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX - José Mateus, Nuno Mateus, with Stefano Riva
  • Project Team:  Stefano Riva, Paulo Rocha
  • Structural Engineering: SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia Lda.
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: 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

Video: Ílhavo City Library / ARX

Back in 2009 we published the Ílhavo City Library by ARX. Located in the remains of the Manor Visconde de Almeida, it’s a noble house from the 17th-18th century, that was later transformed and demolished.

AD Round Up: ARX

ARX is a Lisboa-based studio whose projects in Portugal have been featured in ArchDaily since 2008. Three amazing houses, a college and a library. Check them all after the break.

House in Romeirão The site has a strong rural character, with small plantations, orchards and pathways limited by roughly made stone property walls and, once in a while, houses, scattered in the landscape. It is a steep slope facing south over the valley, furrowed by a small river and a mountain in the background. While the upper half of the site is ramped, the lower is built in steps (read more…)

Ilhavo City Library / ARX Portugal

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Ilhavo, Portugal
  • Architects: José Mateus y Nuno Mateus
  • Project Team: Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva, Andreia Tomé, Gonçalo Manteigas, João Rodrigues, Marco Roque Antunes, Nuno Grancho, Pedro Sousa, Sónia Luz
  • Landscape: ARX PORTUGAL, Arquitectos Lda.
  • Structure: SAFRE, Estudos e Projectos de Engenharia Lda.
  • Mechanical Planning: PEN, Projectos de Engenharia Lda.
  • Sanitary Planning: AQUADOMUS, Consultores Lda.
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005

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House II in Aroeira / ARX Portugal

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: 2825 Caparica, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX PORTUGAL - José Mateus y Nuno Mateus
  • Project Team: Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva, Andreia Tomé, Marco Roque Antunes, Pedro Sousa, Tânia Pedro
  • Structure: SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia Lda.
  • Area: 640.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007

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Barreiro College of Technology / ARX Portugal

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Barreiro, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX PORTUGAL - José Mateus y Nuno Mateus
  • Project Team: Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva, Andreia Tomé, Clara Martins, Marco Roque Antunes, Nuno Grancho, Pedro Alves, Pedro Dourado, Pedro Sousa, Tânia Pedro, Francisco Marques, Sónia Luz
  • Structure: TAL PROJECTO, Projectos, Estudos e Projectos de Engenharia Lda.
  • Client: Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal
  • Area: 10500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2003

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House in Romeirão / ARX Portugal

  • Architects: ARX
  • Location: Estrada da Casa Nova Romeirão, 2655-420, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX PORTUGAL - José Mateus y Nuno Mateus
  • Project Team: Paulo Rocha, Marco Roque Antunes, Susana Ferreira
  • Structure: SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia Lda.
  • Area: 340.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2002

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