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!

An Interview With Chen Yifeng, Deshaus

Long Museum West Bund / . Image © Xia Zhi

“We use two aspects to express architecture: Qing [emotion], Jing [pattern]. Jing is the architectural pattern that we apply, to certify the living and working style, to consider what our architecture can bring. Another thing is the relationship between architecture and the site, the city and nature. Ancient Chinese dwellings are usually enclosed by walls, creating an introverted space. This is the second aspect Qing, more related to traditional customs, aesthetics, and our attitude towards the environment and nature. The enclosed space originates from our interpretation of Qing. What we have captured about the ancient spirit of aesthetics is a kind of uncertainty, a kind of blurry and ambiguous feeling.”
- Chen Yifeng, Shanghai, 2013

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

© Su Shengliang

Architects: Atelier Deshaus
Location: Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, , , 200231
Architect In Charge: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
Area: 33007.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

Youth Center of Qingpu / Atelier Deshaus

© Yao Li

Architects: Atelier Deshaus - Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Location: Huake Rd, Qingpu, Shanghai,
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Gao Lin, Liu Qian, Wang Longhai
Completion: 2012
Building Area: 14,360 sqm
Site Area: 10,906 sqm
Photographs: Yao Li

Plot 6 & Tea House in Jiangsu Software Park / Atelier Deshaus

© Shu He

Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun/Zhuang Shen/Chen Yifeng)
Location: Jishan, Jiangnin Developed District, ,
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Zhuang Shen, Chen Juan, Tang Yu
Building Area: 20000 sqm
Site Area: 24238 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Shu He

Spiral Gallery Ⅱ / Atelier Deshaus

© Shu He

Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Tianzhu Rd, New Town, Shanghai, China
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Li Jun
Project Area: 560 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shu He, Yao Li, Su Shengliang

Xiayu Kindergarten, Shanghai / Atelier Deshaus

© Zhang Siye

Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun/Zhuang Shen/Chen Yifeng)
Location: Huale Rd, Qingpu, , China
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Zhuang Shen, Fan Minji, Tang Yu
Site Area: 17070 sqm
Building Area: 6328 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Zhang Siye

Spiral Gallery / Atelier Deshaus

© Zhang Siye

Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: , New Town, Shanghai, China
Project Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Fan Beilei
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Shu He , Yao Li,  Zhang Siye, Liu Yichun

Kindergarten of Jiading New Town / Atelier Deshaus

© Shu He

Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Hongde Rd, Jiading, Shanghai,
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Wang Shuyi, Liu Qian, Gao Lin
Building Area: 660 sqm
Site Area: 12100 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shu He

Administration Building of the North Shanghai Gas Company in Jiading / Atelier Deshaus

© Shu He

Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Yining & Yongsheng Rd. Jiading, Shanghai,
Design Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Liu Qian
Project Area: 2250 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Shu He