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Massive Fire Destroys Brazil's 200-Year-Old National Museum and Its Collection

04:01 - 3 September, 2018

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Brazil's National Museum, one of Latin America's most important museums, was completely destroyed by a fire that started at 7:30 pm on Sunday evening. It housed over 20 million items related to the history of the Americas, many if not all of which were lost.

A report in the Rio Times indicates that the museum had operated normally on Sunday and closed its doors at 5:00 pm, two and a half hours before the blaze began. The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

A First Look at Kengo Kuma's New V&A Dundee

12:00 - 16 August, 2018
A First Look at Kengo Kuma's New V&A Dundee, © Rapid Visual Media
© Rapid Visual Media

The V&A Dundee, in collaboration with Rapid Visual Media, have released drone footage and imagery ahead of the building’s opening, marking Kengo Kuma’s first UK project. The footage showcases the new museum jutting out into Dundee’s River Tay, inspired by the cliffs of Scotland.

The museum is formed of 2,500 pre-cast concrete panels hung from complex curving walls, casting shadows which vary depending on weather conditions. As well as being Kuma’s first UK building, the V&A Dundee is also the first dedicated design museum in Scotland.

© Rapid Visual Media © Rapid Visual Media A First Look at Kengo Kuma's New V&A Dundee © Rapid Visual Media + 7

Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar Takes Shape as New Images Released

12:00 - 26 April, 2018
Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar Takes Shape as New Images Released, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

New images of the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar have been released, as construction continues in Doha ahead of its projected December 2018 opening. The architectural concept for the scheme has been inspired by the desert rose, and seeks to create a dialogue between the fluid, contemporary architectural form of the museum, and the historic objects it will contain. As quoted in a recent press release by Qatar Museums, the scheme will “give a voice to Qatar’s heritage whilst celebrating its future.”

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 5

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

This Curated List of Art Museums Showcases Buenos Aires’ Exhibition Architecture

12:00 - 17 March, 2018
This Curated List of Art Museums Showcases Buenos Aires’ Exhibition Architecture, via Wikipedia User: HalloweenHJB Licensed Under CC BY-SA 3.0
via Wikipedia User: HalloweenHJB Licensed Under CC BY-SA 3.0

Even in the age of instant information, museums enthrall us. Lining the tourist guidebooks of cities across the world, art museums are a must-see destination for visitors and locals alike. However, as our methods of communication and archiving change, driven by science and innovation, historic institutions such as art museums must keep up.

In cities around the world, art museums are redefining themselves to respond to the contemporary, experimental demands of the 21st-century. In Buenos Aires, the architecture of art museums showcases a diverse catalog of form, materiality and atmosphere, blending the instant, flexible demands of the modern age with a historic role of archiving some of humanity's most evocative works.

Below, we paint a picture of Buenos Aires' diverse art museums, showcasing the changing nature of exhibition architecture in one of the world’s most energetic cities.

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

Liminal Studio with Snøhetta and Rush Wright Wins Competition for UNESCO World Heritage Site Education Center in Tasmania

14:00 - 1 March, 2018
© Brick Visuals
© Brick Visuals

Update 3/2/18: A previous version of this article named Snøhetta as the leader of the team; the principal architect is in fact Liminal Studio.

Australian firm Liminal Studio, in collaboration with Snøhetta and Rush Wright Associates, has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of the new History and Interpretation Center at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart, Tasmania.

One of the most significant female penal sites dating back to 19th century, when Australia was still a British penal colony, the Cascades Female Colony was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. The new History and Interpretation Center will allow visitors to learn about the site’s history and how its social, cultural and political implications have impacted present day Australia.

Studio Gang Reveals Design of Arkansas Arts Center Expansion

12:00 - 1 March, 2018
Studio Gang Reveals Design of Arkansas Arts Center Expansion, New North Entry from Crescent Drive. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang
New North Entry from Crescent Drive. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has revealed the design of their $70 Million expansion of the Arkansas Arts Center, located in historic MacArthur Park in the state capital of Little Rock. Working with associate architects Polk Stanley Wilcox and landscape architecture firm SCAPE, Studio Gang has envisioned a sweeping roof structure that will connect the existing architecturally disparate museum pavilions into a cohesive whole.

Architectural Model. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang North Entry Courtyard Revealing the Original 1937 Facade. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang Looking South in the New Center. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang New South Entry from MacArthur Park. Image Courtesy of Studio Gang + 6

Rem Koolhaas to Lead OMA's Transformation of the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow

14:00 - 20 February, 2018
Rem Koolhaas to Lead OMA's Transformation of the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, © OMA
© OMA

OMA has revealed plans for the renovation of the New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val in Moscow that will increase the accessibility and visibility of the gallery’s four sectors. Led by Rem Koolhaas, the scheme will use color and material to create a new visual identity and to establish a new link to the Moscow River.

© OMA © OMA © OMA © OMA + 7

Adjaye Associates' Interactive SPYSCAPE Museum Opens in New York City

12:25 - 20 February, 2018
Adjaye Associates' Interactive SPYSCAPE Museum Opens in New York City, Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE
Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE

SPYSCAPE, a new interactive spy museum dedicated to immersing visitors into the world of espionage, has opened in New York City. Designed by Adjaye Associates, the 60,000-square-foot museum features a range of interactive exhibitions housed within a moody material palette of glowing lights, smoked glass, fiber cement and corten steel.

Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE + 10

J. Mayer H. Architects Reveal Prize-Winning Design for Kärcher Museum in Germany

16:30 - 1 February, 2018
J. Mayer H. Architects Reveal Prize-Winning Design for Kärcher Museum in Germany, Front view. Image Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects
Front view. Image Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects

J. Mayer H. Architects has revealed their design for the new Kärcher Musuem that took 3rd prize in a recent closed competition. Designed for international cleaner manufacturer Kärcher, the museum will feature exhibits on the company’s 80+ year legacy and the history of cleaning technologies.

Located on a 2,500 square meter site in Winnenden, Germany, J. Mayer H. Architects’ proposal takes the form of a large, sawtooth cut volume inspired by the surrounding commercial and industrial structures. This monolithic form is cut into at the entrance, revealing the hollowed out interior within. Additional cuts into the body offer views to neighboring company buildings, toward the city and to the surrounding landscape.

Ground Floor view. Image Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects Upstairs galleries. Image Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects Elevation. Image Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects Model. Image Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects + 8

Adjaye Associates' Studio Museum Moves Forward Toward Fall Groundbreaking

14:10 - 4 January, 2018
Adjaye Associates' Studio Museum Moves Forward Toward Fall Groundbreaking, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Plans for Adjaye Associates’ new home for the Studio Museum in Harlem are moving forward, as permits for the project have been filed with the city.

Replacing the museum’s current home, an existing century-old building repurposed in the 1980s by architect J. Max Bond Jr, the new building at 144 West 125th Street will rise 122 feet to become a new stand-out on the historic 125th Street Corridor.

Elevation. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Facade. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Section. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Lobby. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates + 9

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Breaks Ground on Green Roof Topped Louvre Storage Facility

14:30 - 15 December, 2017
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Breaks Ground on Green Roof Topped Louvre Storage Facility , Renderings of the project. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Renderings of the project. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has broken ground on a new conservation and storage facility for the Louvre in Liévin, France. Capable of housing conservation and storage facilities for as many as 250,000 works, the building will is aiming to become of one of the world’s most advanced research and study facilities.

Renderings of the project. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Renderings of the project. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Renderings of the project. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Renderings of the project. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners + 8

OMA / AMO Completes Flexible Permanent Exhibition Space for Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam

14:30 - 14 December, 2017
OMA / AMO Completes Flexible Permanent Exhibition Space for Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Image Courtesy of OMA
Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Image Courtesy of OMA

AMO, the research and think tank wing of OMA, has completed a flexible new exhibition space for the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Named Stedelijk BASE, the bespoke display system is constructed from “very thin yet solid” free-standing steel partitions that interlock like puzzle-pieces to create an open-ended flow for viewing art from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Concept Collage. Image Courtesy of OMA Collection Highlights. Image Courtesy of OMA Installation views STEDELIJK BASE, Collectie Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij. ImageStedelijk BASE Plan Stedelijk BASE model. Image Courtesy of OMA + 21

See the Incredibly Complex Louvre Abu Dhabi Constructed Over 8 Years in This Timelapse

12:30 - 20 November, 2017

With its massive, intricate roof and man-made pools and canals, Ateliers Jean Nouvel's astonishingly complex Louvre Abu Dhabi was a project 10-years in the making before finally debuting to the public earlier this month. But even if the project missed it's original completion date, it certainly wasn't for lack of trying – and that's proven in this new video timelapse from EarthCam.

The video captures the 8-year-long construction process from groundbreaking to completion, showing the museum as it came together from a variety of perspectives, including how the roof was assembled in mid-air before being gently lowered into place, and the enormous effort of earth moving to build the unique site.

Check out the video below.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Create Planning Vision for Charlotte Science Center

16:30 - 15 November, 2017
Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Create Planning Vision for Charlotte Science Center , Discovery Place Science Center, Grand Opening Day 1981. Image Courtesy of Discovery Place
Discovery Place Science Center, Grand Opening Day 1981. Image Courtesy of Discovery Place

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been selected by Discovery Place and the City of Charlotte to design the new Discovery Place Science center in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Partnering with architect-of-record Jenkins•Peer Architects (J•PA), the team will create a masterplan and conceptual design for the museum, one of the state's most popular cultural attractions.

Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens To The Public Following a Decade in Development

09:30 - 7 November, 2017
Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens To The Public Following a Decade in Development, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Following ten years of multinational collaboration between France and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi opens this week to the public. Located on Saadiyat Island and surrounded by the sea, twenty three permanent galleries and exhibition spaces, a Children's Museum, an auditorium, and a research center are connected by waterfront promenades which weave beneath the building's iconic dome.

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Marc Domage © Roland Halbe + 11

David Chipperfield Architects to Lead Masterplan for Minneapolis Institute of Art

14:00 - 29 October, 2017
David Chipperfield Architects to Lead Masterplan for Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art. © Wikimedia <a href='http://https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Minneapolis_Institute_of_Arts.jpg#/media/File:Minneapolis_Institute_of_Arts.jpg'>user Alvintrusty</a>. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Minneapolis Institute of Art. © Wikimedia user Alvintrusty. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) has selected David Chipperfield Architects to lead the design of a new masterplan for the museum that will “enhance the visitor experience and to expand the community’s access to the museum as a community resource.”

The planning process will aim to diagnose potential improvements and provide a conceptual solution for a long-term growth plan for the Museum. Several pressing needs have already been identified, including improved parking facilities, additional art storage and increased and improved public gathering spaces. The Museum also hopes to question the current visitor circulation, as well as consider upgrades to their restaurant and auditorium.