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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.

30 Sites Every Architect Should Visit in Mexico City

08:00 - 20 April, 2017
30 Sites Every Architect Should Visit in Mexico City , via Flickr user: © Kasper Christensen, bajo licencia CC BY-SA 2.0
via Flickr user: © Kasper Christensen, bajo licencia CC BY-SA 2.0

Though the idea of a vacation in Mexico usually brings to mind images of margaritas on white-sand beaches, it seems the country is slowly but surely gaining recognition in other aspects as well. Among the most populated urban cities in Latin America and the world – not to mention The New York Times' number one "Place to Go in 2016" – Mexico City offers a particular cultural diversity evident both in its traditions and in its architecture. Considering it's the main tourist, educational, cultural, economic and political center of Mexico, it makes sense that it's the perfect scenario for the social encounters of its multicultural inhabitants and tourists.

The sites of architectural interest alone are worth the visit, with prehispanic, classic, modern and contemporary examples ranging from Juan O'Gorman and Luis Barragán to Felix Candela and David Chipperfield. Add to that the fact that its gastronomic scene has garnered much praise and attention in recent years, and you've got a perfect combo. Below is a carefully curated list of 30 sites that every architect should know and visit.

House M / Jan Skuratowski Architecture

05:00 - 24 February, 2017
House M / Jan Skuratowski Architecture, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges +20

Apartment House Prenzlauer Berg / Barkow Leibinger

02:00 - 27 January, 2017
Apartment House Prenzlauer Berg  / Barkow Leibinger, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Simon Menges © Simon Menges +24

Spotlight: David Chipperfield

08:00 - 18 December, 2016
Spotlight: David Chipperfield, The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. Image © Wojtek Gurak
The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. Image © Wojtek Gurak

The career of British architect David Chipperfield's (born 18 December 1953) has spanned decades and continents as an architect, designer and professor. Since 1984, he has been at the helm of David Chipperfield Architects, an award winning firm with over 180 staff at offices in LondonBerlinMilan, and Shanghai. Chipperfield is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Germany's Bund Deutscher Architekten, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2004. In 2012, Chipperfield curated the Venice Biennale of Architecture under the theme Common Ground.

Architecture's "Political Compass": A Taxonomy of Emerging Architecture in One Diagram

09:30 - 16 December, 2016
The full political compass diagram (Version 0.1) produced by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Guillermo Fernandez Abascal. Image © Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Guillermo Fernandez Abascal
The full political compass diagram (Version 0.1) produced by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Guillermo Fernandez Abascal. Image © Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Guillermo Fernandez Abascal

Observing the architectural landscape today it’s clear that the type of work which is currently ascendant, particularly among young practices, is very different to what came before the financial crisis of 2008. But what, exactly, does that architectural landscape look like? In an essay titled “Well into the 21st Century” in the latest issue of El Croquis, Alejandro Zaera-Polo outlined a 21st-century taxonomy of architecture, attempting to define and categorize the various new forms of practice that have grown in popularity in the years since—and as a political response to—the economic crisis.

The categories defined by Zaera-Polo encompass seven broad political positions: The “Activists,” who reject architecture’s dependence on market forces by operating largely outside the market, with a focus on community building projects, direct engagement with construction, and non-conventional funding strategies; then there are the “Populists,” whose work is calibrated to reconnect with the populace thanks to a media-friendly, diagrammatic approach to architectural form; next are the “New Historicists,” whose riposte to the “end of history” hailed by neoliberalism is an embrace of historically-informed design; the “Skeptics,” whose existential response to the collapse of the system is in part a return to postmodern critical discourse and in part an exploration of contingency and playfulness through an architecture of artificial materials and bright colors; the “Material Fundamentalists,” who returned to a tactile and virtuoso use of materials in response to the visual spectacle of pre-crash architecture; practitioners of “Austerity Chic,” a kind of architectural “normcore” (to borrow a term from fashion) which focuses primarily on the production process, and resulting performance, of architecture; and finally the “Techno-Critical,” a group of practices largely producing speculative architecture, whose work builds upon but also remains critical of the data-driven parametricism of their predecessors.

As a follow-up to that essay, Zaera-Polo and Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal set out to apply the newly-defined categories to the emerging practices of today with a nuanced “political compass” diagram. They invited practices to respond to their categorization in order to unveil the complex interdependencies and self-image of these political stances. For the first time, here ArchDaily publishes the results of that exercise.

St. Trinitatis Church / Schulz und Schulz

13:00 - 4 December, 2016
St. Trinitatis Church / Schulz und Schulz, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nonnenmühlgasse 2, 04107 Leipzig, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Prof. Ansgar Schulz, Prof. Benedikt Schulz
  • Area

    5500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

6 Buildings Shortlisted for the Inaugural RIBA International Prize

16:20 - 27 October, 2016
6 Buildings Shortlisted for the Inaugural RIBA International Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of six finalist projects in the running for the inaugural RIBA International Prize. The first RIBA Award open to any qualified architect in the world, the International Prize seeks to name the world’s “most significant and inspirational” building. Criteria for consideration include the demonstration of “visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.”

The six finalists were named from a longlist of 30 buildings, from which a further selection of 21 projects have been recognized by the jury for the RIBA Award for International Excellence. The jury has also named the winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect prize recognizing “the achievement of architects in the earlier stages of their career who are working on global projects.”

The Grand Jury is lead by Richard Rogers and includes Billie TsienKunlé AdeyemiPhilip Gumuchdjian, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor.

"Our panel of jurors have been particularly impressed by the way in which each building reacts to, resolves and assimilates into the varying geographies and contexts - from dense urban cities to a small town in the Arctic Circle," said RIBA President Jane Duncan on the naming of the finalists. "Each project resolves the complex demands of its context with ingenuity, exceptional detail and finishing and a sensitivity to the needs of the users and communities which will inhabit these spaces."

Project of the Month: Fine Arts Museum

00:00 - 7 September, 2016
Project of the Month: Fine Arts Museum , © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

One of the main challenges in adding new spaces to a pre-existing building is in the dialogue that is generated between the original construction and the new proposal. The different possibilities are infinite and it is the architect who will make the final statement through their choice of design language; they must decide to either emulate the existing architecture, reinterpret it, or to propose a whole new language.

The Fine Arts Museum by Barozzi Veiga is a project that works autonomously, integrating with it’s site in order to generate a dialogue within the public space, while using both ornamentation on the facade and the interior plan composition to establish a common language between the two distinct parts of the museum.

August’s Project of the Month uses this dialogue to produce an equilibrium between the existing and the new construction, reinterpreting the original language and adapting it with detail and delicacy to the urban area which provides it’s context.

BIGyard / Zanderroth Architekten

05:00 - 16 August, 2016
BIGyard  / Zanderroth Architekten, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Michael Feser +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
  • Design Team

    Kirka Fietzek, Diana Gunkel, Guido Neubeck, Christian Roth, Konrad Scholz, Lutz Tinius, Sascha Zander
  • Area

    9100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Fine Arts Museum / Barozzi Veiga

03:00 - 3 August, 2016
Fine Arts Museum / Barozzi Veiga, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges  © Simon Menges  © Simon Menges  © Simon Menges  +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chur, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Fabrizio Barozzi , Alberto Veiga
  • Project Leader

    Katrin Baumgarten
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Xixi Wetland Estate / David Chipperfield Architects

22:00 - 16 November, 2015
Xixi Wetland Estate / David Chipperfield Architects , © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Design

    Mark Randel – Partner
  • Project management

    Libin Chen – Partner
  • Project architects

    Ilona Priwitzer, Manh Kinh Tran, Sascha Jung, Samson Adjei
  • Area

    11800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Fabrizio Barozzi on Finding the Specific and Avoiding the Generic in Architecture

09:30 - 21 August, 2015
Fabrizio Barozzi on Finding the Specific and Avoiding the Generic in Architecture, Philharmonic Hall Szczecin. Image © Simon Menges
Philharmonic Hall Szczecin. Image © Simon Menges

Established in 2004, Spanish studio Barozzi/Veiga have become known for their intellectual approach to design and their precise solutions which draw on both local conditions and a sense of uniqueness - an approach which recently won them the Mies van der Rohe Award for their Philharmonic Hall SzczecinIn this interview, originally published in the August issue of Indian Architect & Builder under the title "Script of Simplicity," Fabrizio Barozzi speaks about the award-winning Philharmonic Hall Szczecin, the connection Barozzi/Veiga keeps between research and design, and how they avoid the generic in their architecture.

Indian Architect & Builder: Tell us a little about Barozzi/Veiga; the ideas, principles and core philosophies of your practice.

Fabrizio Barozzi: We always try to create an "essential" architecture. We understand essential architecture as a public architecture, an architecture that intends to generate some positive changes in the community for which it is built. An architecture that arises in a context without harshness, specific and inspired by its environment. We believe that this kind of approach to architecture is what brings out the characteristics of each site and therefore the diversity of ideas that exist in the world.

Museo Jumex / David Chipperfield

11:00 - 11 June, 2015
Museo Jumex / David Chipperfield, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Museo Jumex, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Ampliacion Granada, 11529 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    David Chipperfield
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Barozzi / Veiga’s Philharmonic Hall Szczecin Receives 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture–Mies van der Rohe Award

07:42 - 8 May, 2015
Barozzi / Veiga’s Philharmonic Hall Szczecin Receives 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture–Mies van der Rohe Award, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

Barozzi / Veiga’s Philharmonic Hall Szczecin in Szczecin, Poland has been selected as the winner of the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award. The design was influenced by the surrounding context and buildings, specifically by the “verticality of the city’s residential buildings, by the monumentality of the upright ornaments of its neo-Gothic churches and the heavy volumes of its Classicist buildings, by the towers that dot its entire skyline and the cranes of its port,” according to the architects. The Philharmonic Hall features large skylights and is clad with glass on the outside, providing a contrast to the surrounding buildings.

The Philharmonic Hall Szczecin was selected over four other finalist projects: Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei’s Ravensburg Art Museum; BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group’s Danish Maritime Museum; Archea Associati’s Antinori Winery; and O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.  The five finalists presented their projects to the jury on May 7, and the official award ceremony was held this morning in Barcelona at Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

21 Finalists Named for 2015 LAMP Lighting Solutions Awards

09:22 - 30 April, 2015
21 Finalists Named for 2015 LAMP Lighting Solutions Awards, Courtesy of LAMP Lighting
Courtesy of LAMP Lighting

LAMP Lighting has revealed its top picks for this year’s Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards. Now in their 6th year, the awards recognize projects that effectively explore the intersections of architecture, interior design, and landscaping with original, innovative, and sustainable lighting. With record internationalization, this year’s awards received 598 submitted projects from 54 countries worldwide.

The Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards span the categories of Architectural Outdoor Lighting, Indoor Lighting, Urban and Landscape Lighting, and Students Proposals. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Barcelona in June, and will receive monetary prizes between € 2,000 and € 8,000. Additionally, one professional will receive the “Life of Light” award for committing his or her career to lighting.

See all the finalists after the break.

Le Chai Ballande / Yon Anton. Image © Arthur Pequin Dolmen Light / Titia Ex. Image © Theo Berends Photograpy Affinity Interactive Art Installation - BCP Building / Claudia Paz. Image Courtesy of LAMP Lighting Szczecin Philharmonic / Barozzi Veiga Studio. Image © Simon Menges +22

5 Finalists Selected for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture- Mies van der Rohe Award

00:00 - 25 February, 2015
5 Finalists Selected for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture- Mies van der Rohe Award

Five projects have been selected as finalists of the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture- Mies van der Rohe Award. The finalists were selected from a shortlist of 40 projects, and over the next couple of months the jury members will visit each of the finalist projects to evaluate the buildings firsthand and gather information from the people who use them. On May 7, the architects will present their projects to the jury. The winner will be announced the following day at a ceremony at Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

See the five finalists after the break.

Conversion Hammergut / EM2N

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects

  • Location

    6330 Cham, Switzerland
  • Partners

    Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Project Leaders

    Noémi Necker, Gerry Schwyter (associate), Michael Zürcher
  • Area

    7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Simon Menges © Roger Frei © Simon Menges © Roger Frei +19