6 Teams Shortlisted for Canadian Canoe Museum

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Six teams have been shortlisted for a chance to design the new Canadian Canoe Museum, as part of its relocation to the Parks Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway in southern Ontario. Selected from 90 international submissions, the competing teams are now expected to refine their ideas before presenting them to the public. A winner will be announced in the Fall.

The complete shortlist, after the break… 

Are We Building Too Many Museums?

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In an article for the RA Magazine, (Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital at the V&A) and Stella Duffy (co-director of Fun Palaces, a national campaign for greater access for all to the arts), ask: are we’re building too many museums? On the one hand, Duffy argues that “we should focus all of our efforts on opening up existing museums to a much wider public” while on the other, Long suggests that “new museums can bring positive change to the places in which they are built.” Ultimately, Long argues that “museums have a sense of authenticity and institutional mission that is rare in public life” yet, for Duffy, this doesn’t mean we need more; rather, ”we need to utilise what we already have.”

Slow Food Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / Herzog & de Meuron

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Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Location: ,
Partner In Charge: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Andreas Fries
Area: 12589.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Marco Jetti

Armani Silos / Giorgio Armani

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Author: Giorgio Armani
Location: Via Bergognone, 40, 20144 Milano,
Original Construction Year: 1950
Year: 2015
Photographs: Davide Lovatti

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!

Safdie Architects Release Final Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum

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Images have been released of Safdie Architects‘ design for the new National Medal of Honor Museum in , South Carolina. The commission, awarded to Safdie following a national search in October, will honor the men and women who “served and sacrificed in defense of the US” and have received the nation’s highest military award – the Medal of Honor – from the Civil War to the present.

International Spy Museum Aims to Relocate to New Richard Rogers Building

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The Washington DC International Spy Museum is seeking permission to relocate to a new $100 million building designed by Richard Rogers at L’Enfant Plaza. Contingent on approval from the Commission of Fine Arts, as the Washington Business Journal reports, the new 100,000-square-foot, six-story proposed museum would be sited on an open area adjacent to the L’Enfant Plaza hotel.

“I think everyone in the city knows that’s somewhat of a dead area right now,” said Spy Museum Chief Operating Officer Tamara Christian to WBJ. “When we came to Penn Quarter, it was somewhat of a dead area. Now it’s completely energized, and we’re really hoping that we’ll be able to be a catalyst to energize L’Enfant.”

SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest’s New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum

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SANAA and Snøhetta have been jointly awarded first prize in a restricted competition to build a “New National Gallery – Ludwig Museum” in Budapest‘s 200-year-old Városliget (City Park). Lauded for their “equally outstanding” proposals, the winning teams will now meet with the jury to be judged “on professional and financial considerations.” 

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and the joint proposal of Balázs Mihály’s Architect Studio and the Faculty of Architecture of Budapest University of Technology and Economics were awarded second prize. 

The competition is part of a larger cultural project that aims to renew the city’s Városliget by 2018 with five new museum buildings built inside the expanded park area.

A closer look at the winning schemes, after the break. 

Museum of Cultures Completes in Milan

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The Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, has completed in . Overshadowed by controversy, the building has made headlines this week due to a disagreement over its “poor quality” flooring that has led its architect (David Chipperfield) to disassociate himself with the project. Despite this, MUDEC is moving forward with plans to open on April 26. Take a look inside the building, after the break.

Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to Redesign Smith College’s Neilson Library

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Maya Lin, best known for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, together with Shepley Bulfinch has been chosen to redesign ’s Neilson Library. Selected after an international search conducted by the school, Lin’s interdisciplinary approach coupled with ’s extensive work with academic institutions ultimately brought them to the forefront. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and last two years.

Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum

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Henning Larsen Architects has been selected over eleven finalists to design the new NORR – National Museum in Östersund, Mid-. Acting both as an extension to the existing Jamtli Museum and a new branch of the Swedish National Museum, the new building will feature a large and flexible exhibition hall, workshops, offices and a cafe.

“The new exhibition hall is designed as wooden sculpture with an easily recognizable silhouette against the sky. The roof is quite remarkable because the deep skylights filter the soft northern daylight directly into the exhibition space. This gives a very sensitive light as well as a view to the sky,” says Søren Øllgaard, partner at Henning Larsen Architects and design responsible for the project.

AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015′s Best

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year’s best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, the believes these six award recipients elevate the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs.

See the winning designs after the break.

David Chipperfield Chosen to Expand New York’s Met Museum

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The in New York has tapped British architect David Chipperfield to design its new Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. The commission, a result of an international competition, aims to increase gallery space, double the size of the museum’s popular roof garden, and establish accessible on-site storage. “The new design will also enhance gallery configuration and visitor navigation throughout the Southwest Wing, and support a more open dialogue between the Museum and Central Park,” says the architects.

Dubai’s Museum of the Future to be Partially 3-D Printed

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“See the future, create the future,” this is the motto of Dubai’s newly unveiled “Museum of the Future.” The metallic oblong-structure, planned for a corner lot in Dubai’s central financial district  next to the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, is said to become “an incubator for ideas and real designs, a driver for innovation and a global destination for inventors and entrepreneurs.”

“The world is entering a new era of accelerated knowledge and great technological revolutions,” tweeted  prime minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “We aim to lead in that era, not to follow and lag behind. The Museum of the Future is the first step of many to come, marking the beginning of great achievements.”

Holograms, robotics and 3-D printing will play a crucial role in the structure’s realization. Learn more and watch a video fly-through the building after the break.

Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Musée des Confluences Through the Lens of Edmund Sumner

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Edmund Sumner has shared with us images from his recent visit to Lyon, France, where he photographed Coop Himmelb(l)au’s newly completed Musée des Confluences. Perched on a century-old artificial peninsula at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, the “museum of knowledge,” as Coop Himmelb(l)au affectionately refers to it, is distinct for its “iconic gateway” – an openly traversable “Crystal” that provides multi-level access to the museum’s exhibition spaces and views of the building’s unique context. Step inside, after the break.

Architects to be Given Chance to Design New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau

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In celebration of the 100th Bauhaus anniversary, the Foundation Bauhaus Dessau has announced plans to construct a new Museum in Dessau. As part of a competition “preannouncement” published on the museum’s site, an open two-phased international competition will challenge architects to design a museum for the foundation’s “outstanding collection” under the “best possible conservation conditions.”

Co-promoter of the competition, the City of Dessau-Roßlau is currently searching for possible sites that will allow the Bauhaus Museum Dessau to be integrated into the city’s central City Park. It is hoped that the museum and park will “strengthen and complement each other and enrich the location as a centre.”

A breakdown of key competition dates, after the break.

Video: Tour Through Trahan Architects’ Sculpted Louisiana Sports Hall and Museum

A contemporary museum set within the oldest settlement in the Purchase, Trahan Architects’ Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum is distinguished for its sculpted interior and contrasting copper facade. Watch the short film above as Spirit of Space tours through the building, capturing the museum’s historic context and central pathway.

“Having spent several days in the space observing the museum patrons and their experiences, it is clear that the museum’s architecture is an exhibit itself. And while visitors point at and caress the exquisitely crafted cast stone, they are simultaneously guided by it without the need for any signage or wayfinding devices,” says Adam Goss of . “This is a space about movement. In cinematic form, this film attempts to capture that fluid experience, and at the same time, to illustrate how the past can complement and inspire compelling and forward-thinking architecture.”

Follow Spirit of Space on Instagram to stay up-to-date with their work. 

Bengal Foundation Breaks Ground on Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum

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The Bengal Foundation has begun work on its Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum, Bangladesh’s first private museum of its kind. The ambitious complex will house multi-media works from the organization’s founder Abul Khair’s private collection, pieces by local artists, a sculpture garden, and a boat museum to celebrate the various arts of local residents. 

Learn more about the museum’s design, after the break.