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 ’s Ningbo Historic Museum in China and Tod Williams + Billie Tsien’s Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia to ’s Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires, see all of our editors’ favorites after the break!

Forum Sintra / ARX

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: ARX
Location: IC19,
Architect In Charge: ChapmanTaylor España – Arquitectura y Urbanismo, , 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
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Caneças High School / ARX

© – Fernando Guerra

Architects: ARX
Location: Caneças, Portugal
Principals In Charge: Nuno Mateus and José Mateus
Work Team: Ricardo Guerreiro, Fábio Cortês, Ana Fontes, João Dantas, Sofia Raposo, Mariana Sá, Emanuel Rebelo, Diana Afonso, Miguel Torres, Filipe Cardoso, Bruno Martins, Marc Anguill, Gaia Pelizzari, Rodrigo Henriques
Area: 11,600 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

House in Leiria / ARX

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


Architects: ARX / José Mateus + Nuno Mateus, Sofia Raposo, Bruno Gonçalves, Pedro Jesus
Location: Leiria,
Engineering: SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia, Lda.
Contractor: Manuel Mateus Frazão
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,010 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

House in Possanco / ARX

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: ARX - José Mateus, Nuno Mateus, with Stefano Riva
Location: ,
Project team: Stefano Riva, Paulo Rocha
Structural engineering: SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia Lda.
Project area: 250 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2009
Photographs: 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.

And now Vitor Gabriel shares with us this video that showcases the work.

AD Round Up: ARX

is a Lisboa-based studio whose projects in 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…)

House in Matinhal / ARX

Architects: ARX PORTUGAL - José Mateus y Nuno Mateus
Location: Martinhal, Portugal
Project year: 2002-2003
Construction year: 2005-2007
Constructed area: 320 sqm
Structure: SAFRE, Estudos e Projectos de Engenharia Lda.
Photographs: FG + SG - , Sergio Guerra