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Art Gallery: The Latest Architecture and News

Images of Tadao Ando's Bourse de Commerce Highlight the Newly Transformed Art Space

Tadao Ando’s transformation of the historic Bourse de Commerce interweaves past and present, introducing the minimalist aesthetic of a contemporary art venue within the prestigious heritage building whose history spans four decades. The defining architectural gesture in the building’s refurbishment is a circular concrete wall, a new space within the glass-domed rotunda of the former exchange building, which now displays the private collection of notable art collector François Pinault. Images by photographer Cyrille Weiner and photography atelier Think Utopia highlight Tadao Ando’s vision of “architecture within architecture”, showcasing an exemplary restoration accompanied by a highly contemporary yet timeless intervention.

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SO – IL’s New Art Campus in Brooklyn to Open this Summer

The SO – IL-designed 21,000 square foot multi-building “art campus” in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is set to open on June 5th, 2021, with construction projected to conclude by May 2021. Serving as the Amant Foundation’s new headquarters, the complex will host exhibitions, public events, archival projects, performances, and residency programs.

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Snøhetta Reveals Plans for Gallery Project in Adelaide and Art Centre Expansion in Hanover

The internationally-acclaimed architecture firm Snøhetta has recently been selected to design two new art spaces in Australia and United States. Snøhetta will create the new Heysen Art Gallery in Adelaide- a rammed earth structure blending into the landscape and housing the works of renowned artists Hans and Nora Heysen. The studio was also selected to lead the expansion and re-design project for Dartmouth College Hopkins Center for the Arts, a vital creative hub for the New England Region.

Adjaye Associates Designs the New Princeton University Art Museum

Sir David Adjaye has created an inclusive new vision for Princeton University Art Museum’s new building. Located at the heart of the campus, the project will replace and roughly double the square footage of the existing facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 with an anticipated opening in late 2024.

A walk along the north-south “art walk” provides views into the Grand Hall, as well as encounters with works of art embedded in the floors and glimpses into the galleries above.. Image © Adjaye AssociatesA singular “lens” moment at the complex’s northeast corner creates an intimate viewing and reading room, affords views onto the campus, and shapes a display opportunity for unique works from the collections.. Image © Adjaye AssociatesFour pavilions located at each corner of the new complex will feature expansive 18-foot-high ceilings, daylighting, hardwood floors, and a Glulam ceiling system that integrates many of the space’s systems.. Image © Adjaye AssociatesThe double-height Grand Hall sits at the heart of the Museum complex and will function as a lecture hall and performance space and will host many of the Museum’s larger events.. Image © Adjaye Associates+ 7

Three Finalists Selected for Nova Scotia's New Waterfront Art Gallery

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has announced three finalists in the competition to create a new gallery along the Halifax waterfront. As a central component of a new arts district, the design will be part of a larger public gathering place along the Salter Block that showcases contemporary art and public programs. The design aims to increase opportunities to access and experience art, celebrate diverse stories through the arts, and enhance the waterfront experience.

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Steven Holl Unveils New Images of the Completed Kinder Building, part of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston

Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the third gallery building on the MFAH Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building will open to the public on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Dedicated to the Museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art, the newest addition will exhibit a wide range of works, ranging from painting and sculpture to craft and design, video, and immersive installations.

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Architecture of Exhibition Spaces: 23 Art Galleries around the World

Overall, when designing exhibition spaces, certain aspects contribute to an effective display of the pieces: diffuse lighting, spatial distribution, and high ceilings are some of them. The combination of these features with rooms that are able to transform themselves (using elements that can be perforated, repainted, and adapted according to each exhibition), is common in many art galleries, expressing the dialogue between art and architecture.

Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos. Image: © Eduardo EckenfelsStone Art Gallery / O-office Architects. Image: © LIKYFOTORenovation of Sotheby’s New York Headquarters / OMA. Image: © Brett Beyer PhotographyThe Layered Gallery / Gianni Botsford Architects. Image: © Luigi Parise+ 24

The Steven Holl-Designed Kinder Building is Scheduled for Opening on the First of November 2020

The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building for modern and contemporary art, part of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is scheduled to open for the public on November 1st 2020. The intervention was conceived for the “display of the important and rapidly growing MFAH collections of 20th- and 21st-century art”.

Detail view of glass tubing on the eastern facade of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.. Image © Richard BarnesExterior view of concrete understructure of the west façade Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.. Image © Richard BarnesFacade of glass tubing on the north facade of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.. Image © Richard BarnesEvening view of glass tubing on the east facade of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.. Image © Richard Barnes+ 9

The Art of Lighting Art

Choosing the right lighting for any space can be a complex decision. Considerations need to be made with respect to the purpose, form and function of the lighting application. Design and aesthetics also play a role in the equation. With so many options for lighting on the market, it takes specialized knowledge and understanding to determine the best fit for your space. Even more challenging than finding lighting for a generic space, an art gallery or museum application can be difficult and even overwhelming to light properly. LED lighting has simplified a large chunk of lighting for art display.

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  • Architects: MNMA studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1291 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size fits-all solution clearly isn't the answer here.

Calligraphy workshop at 11 First Street. Photo by Mustafa Hameed.. Image © SpaceusStorefront performance. Photo by Ellen Shakespear.. Image © SpaceusHarvard Square storefront workspace. Photo by Stephanie Lee.. Image © SpaceusZine-making marathon at Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus+ 10

OMA Releases Images of Albright-Knox Art Gallery Expansion in New York

OMA has released new images of their proposed expansion project to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The “bold, freestanding building” forms part of the AK360 expansion project, which also includes an OMA-led preservation and improvement project of the existing campus.

The new building will add 29,000 square feet of much-needed space for the display of exhibitions and the museum’s art collection, while also incorporating visitor amenities linked through a wraparound promenade.

Michael Maltzan Architecture's Inuit Art Centre Breaks Ground in Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre has broken ground in Winnipeg Manitoba. Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture in collaboration with Cibinel Architecture, the 40,000-square-foot scheme is set to become the largest gallery space in the world devoted to Inuit art, culture, and history.

Arranged over four stories, the scheme is an addition to the 1971 museum designed by Gustavo Da Roza, and seeks to form a new cultural landmark for downtown Winnipeg.

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Kéré Architecture Designs Sceneography for Exhibition on Racism

Kéré Architecture has recently completed the scenography for “Racism. The Invention of Human Races,” an exhibition at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden. The atmospheres within each of the three spaces are unique yet harmonious, aiming to connect “the rooms’ architecture with the rooms’ theme.” Using a variety of high-quality materials and engaging structures, the journey hopes to show a conflict between people’s desires for stability and the organic need for social transformation, emphasizing the charm of the temporary and importance of conversation.

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot Win Star-Studded Competition for Adelaide Contemporary Art Museum

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot has won an international competition for the design of the Adelaide Contemporary art gallery in Australia. Offering a “dynamic people-friendly” space for Adelaide’s North Terrace, the scheme features a dramatic “Super Lobby,” sky galleries, and a suspended rooftop garden.

The Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot scheme was chosen from a strong design field including submissions by Adjaye Associates, Bjarke Ingels Group, David Chipperfield Architects, and HASSELL. The announcement follows on from our publication of details on the shortlisted schemes in May 2018.

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Morphosis Releases Images of Proposed Orange County Museum of Art in California

Morphosis has released images of its proposed Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in California. The scheme hopes to create an “open and engaging urban presence within Orange County’s largest center for arts and culture” when it opens in 2021.

At 52,000 square feet, the museum will allow OCMA to organize major temporary exhibitions alongside spacious installations. The museum will contain nearly 25,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, representing a 50% increase on their current location in Newport Beach.

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