Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

After inaugurating his first building in – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum – which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Round Up: China’s Next Generation of Museums

Guangdong Museum / Rocco Design Architects. Image © Marcel Lam

Although it went largely unnoticed until Wang Shu was awarded the Pritzker Prize, ’s going through a major cultural boom. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal notes that, since 2012, hundreds of (often privately established) cultural institutions have popped up across the country, honouring everything from the famous Terracotta Soldiers to the local city planning department. We’ve rounded up a couple of these projects for your pleasure: Jean Nouvel‘s winning design for the National Art Museum, Steven Holl‘s mind-warping Sifang Museum, the seemingly extra-terrestrial Ordos City + Art Museum by MAD Architects, Trace Architecture Office‘s small museum of handcraft paper in the countryside, and a regional museum by Rocco Design Architects that takes inspiration from traditional Chinese lacquered boxes. Enjoy!

Architects Selected/Shortlisted for West Kowloon Cultural District

Foster + Partners’ Masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District, entitled City Park. © Foster + Partners, by Methanoia

The WKCDA () has made two big announcements today: (1) the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the District’s first landmark building; and (2) the shortlist of six architects who will compete to design the M+ for Visual Culture. The and Center are part of a Masterplan, designed by Foster + Partners, to transform Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District into a world-class destination for arts and culture.

Hong-Kong born architects Bing Thom and Ronald Lu (of Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners) beat out the Master-planners themselves, Foster +  Partners, to design the Xiqu Center, the “gateway of access” to the district, scheduled for commissioning in 2016.

The designer for the M+ Museum has yet to be determined, however, and, judging by the 6 world-famous architectural firms shortlisted, the competition is sure to be fierce.

Find out the complete list of architects, including Herzog & de Meuron and SNOHETTA, who will compete to design the M+ Museum, after the break…

Heike Hanada with Benedict Tonon to Design the New Bauhaus Museum in Weimar

Courtesy of Prof. Heike Hanada and Prof. Benedict Tono

Klassik Stiftung Weimar, host of the competition for the New Museum in Weimer, has announced that Berlin-based architect  with Professor Benedict Tonon, has been selected as the winning proposal. Last March, ArchDaily announced the shortlist for the New Bauhaus Museum in Weimer design competition. The jury had provided the four finalists with recommendations to improve their proposals in preparation for the VOF Procedure (Contracting Regulations for the Awarding of Professional Services).

Thuringian Minister of Culture and Foundation Board Chairman Christoph Matschie congratulated the winner: “The Bauhaus is now finally being provided with a fitting location at its Weimar cradle. Once again, the Bauhaus will become a symbol of reawakening in the time to come. The building of the museum is providing animportant impulse for the entire development of the city of Weimar.”

Follow us after the break for more on the winning proposal.

Scottsdale Museum of the West / Jones Studio

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Engaging. Sophisticated. Pragmatic. Timeless. These qualities are essential to the architectural concept for the new Scottsdale Museum of the West designed by Jones Studio. Coupled with an imaginative and stimulating exhibit experience, guests will find a building that embodies the idea of the Old West meeting the New West.

Libyan History Museum Suffers Setbacks / Jafar Tukan Architects

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The Libyan of History located in Tripoli, Libya proposes a unique twist on the traditional typology. Consolidated Consultants/Jafar Tukan Architects has taken an approach that blends the building experience into the existing urban fabric through the integration of two surrounding pathways that define both experience and building geometry and massing. Unfortunately, the project has suffered numerous setbacks since concept approval including delays related to property issues, which was followed by a six month delay. Construction of the project is currently undetermined as the current national conflict within Libya continues.  More details after the break.

American Folk Art Museum / Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

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“You do not have to look at it for long before you realize that this is as sensual a building as New York has seen in a very long time,” stated Pulitzer-prize winning critic Paul Goldberger of the American Folk Art . Completed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien in 2001 the is 40 feet wide and 100 feet long and is surrounded by the of Modern Art on three sides. It was the first new built in New York in over three decades.

More on the American Folk Art Museum after the break.