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Neri&Hu Completes Aranya Art Center in Qinhuangdao, China

08:35 - 23 May, 2019
Neri&Hu Completes Aranya Art Center in Qinhuangdao, China, © Neri&Hu
© Neri&Hu

The Aranya Art Center in Qinhuangdao, China has been completed, designed by Neri&Hu. Situated in a seaside environment, the scheme was designed to evoke notions of space for art versus communal space. Despite the straightforward brief for the art center, the scheme reaches further to become a communal space for residents in the deeply spiritual community.

© Neri&Hu © Neri&Hu © Neri&Hu © Neri&Hu + 9

MORE Architecture Designs Village-Inspired Art Museum Ginkgo Gallery

04:00 - 12 April, 2019
MORE Architecture Designs Village-Inspired Art Museum Ginkgo Gallery, North Elevation. Image © MORE Architecture
North Elevation. Image © MORE Architecture

Reacting to the influx of gargantuan, iconic museum buildings produced by China’s recent “museum boom,” MORE Architecture aimed to create an intricate, experiential space with their design for Ginkgo Gallery. The gallery, construction on which has now begun, was conceived as a humble merging of art and nature, part of a network of private museums in the Yangtze River Delta. Ginkgo Gallery also houses an auditorium and workshop space in an effort to make art a part of public life and educate children in contemporary art.

Bird's eye. Image © MORE Architecture Section. Image © MORE Architecture Interior. Image © MORE Architecture Gallery model. Image © MORE Architecture + 13

Heneghan Peng's Moscow Contemporary Arts Center Scrapped Due to Funding Shortage

12:00 - 25 September, 2018
Heneghan Peng's Moscow Contemporary Arts Center Scrapped Due to Funding Shortage, via NCCA
via NCCA

Heneghan Peng’s proposal for a new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) in Moscow has been abandoned. As reported by the Calvert Journal, public officials were unwilling to foot the $240million bill for the flagship project, which Heneghan Peng were selected to design in late 2013.

Speaking to the Art Newspaper Russia, the head of the NCCA Sergey Perov confirmed that the project has been officially scrapped due to lack of funding.

via NCCA via NCCA via NCCA via NCCA + 5

ALA Architects' Central Library Oodi and JKMM's Amos Anderson Art Museum Near Completion in Helsinki

14:00 - 29 June, 2018
ALA Architects' Central Library Oodi and JKMM's Amos Anderson Art Museum Near Completion in Helsinki, The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects
The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects

The Helsinki Central Library Oodi, designed by ALA Architects, is nearing completion in Finland. Due to open its doors on December 3rd 2018, the library is situated in the cultural district of Töölönlahti, where it will sit as a ”powerful and iconic temporary design” among other architectural landmarks.

Situated across from the Finnish Parliament House, the scheme represents an interaction between the state and its citizens, “a new avenue to promote freedom of speech and democracy.”

Amos Anderson Art Museum. Image Courtesy of JKMM Architects Amos Anderson Art Museum. Image Courtesy of JKMM Architects The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects + 9

AD Classics: Yale University Art Gallery / Louis Kahn

09:30 - 25 May, 2018
AD Classics: Yale University Art Gallery / Louis Kahn, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Yale University’s School of Architecture was in the midst of pedagogical upheaval when Louis Kahn joined the faculty in 1947. With skyscraper architect George Howe as dean and modernists like Kahn, Philip Johnson, and Josef Albers as lecturers, the post-war years at Yale trended away from the school’s Beaux-Arts lineage towards the avant-garde. And so, when the consolidation of the university’s art, architecture, and art history departments in 1950 demanded a new building, a modernist structure was the natural choice to concretize an instructional and stylistic departure from historicism.[1] Completed in 1953, Louis Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery building would provide flexible gallery, classroom, and office space for the changing school; at the same time, Kahn’s first significant commission signaled a breakthrough in his own architectural career—a career now among the most celebrated of the second half of the twentieth century.

© Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig + 16

Former Citroën Factory to be Converted Into Brussels "Centre Pompidou"

12:00 - 23 March, 2018
Exterior view. Image Courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA
Exterior view. Image Courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

A team comprising noAarchitecten, EM2N, and Sergison Bates has won a design competition for the transformation of a former Citroën factory in Brussels into a cultural hub, merging a Museum of Contemporary Art, architecture center, and public amenities under the name “KANAL – Centre Pompidou.” The architects’ vision was for a scheme which reflects on the role of the twenty-first-century museum in society, one which opens out towards the city to entice the general public.

Showroom. Image Courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA Interior space. Image Courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA Interior space. Image Courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA Exterior view. Image Courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA + 11

MVRDV Releases Alternative Proposal for Taoyuan Museum of Art

12:00 - 20 March, 2018
MVRDV Releases Alternative Proposal for Taoyuan Museum of Art, Courtesy of MVRDV + JJP
Courtesy of MVRDV + JJP

MVRDV has released details of their alternative design for the Taoyuan Museum of Art, an entry for an international competition ultimately won by Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop. The MVRDV scheme, developed in collaboration with JJP Architects and Planners, seeks to become a nature-centered cultural destination, transforming the area into a “cherry room for the city.”

Throughout the design process, MVRDV drew inspiration from the natural world, recognizing the potential for public spaces in the rapidly-expanding Taoyuan City to blur the boundaries between the built and natural environment.

Courtesy of MVRDV + JJP Courtesy of MVRDV + JJP Courtesy of MVRDV + JJP Courtesy of MVRDV + JJP + 8

Riken Yamamoto's "Hill" Wins Competition for Taiwan Art Museum

14:00 - 19 March, 2018
Riken Yamamoto's "Hill" Wins Competition for Taiwan Art Museum, Courtesy of Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop
Courtesy of Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop

Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop has released images of the proposed Taoyuan Museum of Art in Taiwan, having won an international competition for the scheme’s design in 2018. Acting as a symbolic gateway to the heart of the city, the architect’s vision was for a hub where every visit leads to new discoveries and experiences.

Named “The Hill,” the competition-winning scheme is defined by a sloping green roof, hosting artwork, pavilions, trees, and an outdoor theater. Beneath the roof, a structure named “The Cube” contains permanent exhibitions and collections, and establishes a link between the museum and Blue Pond Park beyond.

Courtesy of Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop Courtesy of Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop Courtesy of Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop Courtesy of Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop + 7

Historic Fortress Inspires Steven Holl's Competition-Winning Museum in France

12:00 - 16 March, 2018
The white concrete museum is inspired by an adjacent fortress. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl
The white concrete museum is inspired by an adjacent fortress. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl

Steven Holl Architects has won an international competition for the design of the Angers Collectors Museum and adjacent hotel in the historic city of Angers, France. Working in collaboration with developers Compagine de Phalsbourg, Holl’s scheme draws inspiration from the nearby 9th century Chateau d’Angers fortress, and seeks to form a new cultural gateway to the city.

The museum is connected to a titanium linear hotel. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Conceptual watercolor sketch. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl A central atrium gives space for exhibitions. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl A series of reflecting pools reference the river that historically consumed the site. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl + 8

New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles

14:00 - 15 March, 2018
New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles, Courtesy of MAD
Courtesy of MAD

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by MAD Architects, has broken ground in Los Angeles, California. Founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, and standing at the gateway to the city’s Exposition Park, the scheme is envisioned as a “futuristic spaceship” landing on the site’s natural environment.

The building’s interior has been designed as an expansive, open cave, flooded with natural light from skylights above. At least $400 million worth of art will be housed in the museum, including over 10,000 paintings, illustrations and movie memorabilia. The first floor and roof will be designated as public areas for visitors to exercise, relax, and “directly experience nature in the urban environment."

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Critical Round-Up: The Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel

09:30 - 21 November, 2017
Critical Round-Up: The Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi’s much-awaited “universal museum,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Jean Nouvel, was opened to the public. After several years of delays and problems including accusations of worker rights violations, revisions in economic strategies, and regional turmoil, the completion of the museum is a feat in itself. Critics, supporters, naysayers, artists, economists, and human rights agencies, have all closely followed its shaky progress, but now that it’s finally open, reviews of the building are steadily pouring in.

Read on to find out how critics have responded to Nouvel’s work so far.

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Steven Holl Architects Break Ground on Houston Museum of Fine Arts Extension

06:00 - 6 June, 2017
Steven Holl Architects Break Ground on Houston Museum of Fine Arts Extension, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has broken ground on the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building for Modern and Contemporary Art at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Selected through an international competition in 2012 among finalists Snøhetta and Morphosis Architects, the winning proposal is a 164,000-square-foot museum building that will be one of the campus’s two newest additions. To expand and unite its campus as an integral experience, the Museum is also realizing a new Glassell School of Art also designed by Steven Holl Architects, totaling a 14-acre redesign led by the office.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects + 27

What the Guggenheim Should Consider Before Building in Helsinki

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
What the Guggenheim Should Consider Before Building in Helsinki , The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Flickr User: Iker Merodio
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Flickr User: Iker Merodio

The Guggenheim is planning a new museum in Helsinki. The site is in the heart of the city, next door to the late 19th Century market hall and open-air market place, two minutes from Helsinki Cathedral. The project, therefore, has great landmark potential for the city. And many Finns are lured by this very potential, wanting to increase tourism and put their capital city more evidently on the world map. There has also been discussion in the country’s main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat about how Finns should welcome a more joyous and fun architecture.

Destination-creation and architecture as entertainment are certainly strong themes of our times. They were treated with great artistry by Frank Gehry with the Bilbao Guggenheim, opened in 1997. However, it’s important to remember that the Bilbao Guggenheim might best be considered a spectacular one-off. Mayors, politicians and world leaders have since sought, in perhaps too facile a way, to rebrand their cities and countries with iconic landmarks. There has been much talk of making cities “world class” through such architectural gestures, and yet much of this marketer’s fodder is wholly out of touch with what makes great architecture great.