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Muritzeum / Wingardh

© Wingardh © Wingardh © Wingardh © Wingardh + 13

Waren, Germany
  • Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3137.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum / Aires Mateus

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Cascais, Portugal
  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  435.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Underwater museum for Egypt / Jacques Rougerie

Architect Jacques Rougerie -an expert when it comes to space and underwater structures- has designed the soon-to-be first underwater museum. It will be located off the coast of Egypt, near the new Library of Alexandria, where Cleopatra once had a palace on an island in one of the largest human-made bays in the world back in the day, submerged by earthquakes in the 4th century.

The ruins were discovered years ago, and include several sphinxes, statues, roman and greek shipwrecks and pieces believed to be from the Pharos of Alexandria lighthouse (one of the seven ancient wonders of the world).

This ruins haven’t been moved, since it would be a tremendous effort that could damage the ruins in the process. Also,  it follows the 2001 UNESCO convention for the preservation of underwater heritage.

With that in mind, the museum is designed as both inland and submarine. The building will have four tall structures shaped like the sails of fellucas, the traditional sailboats used in the Nile. From the inland building, underwater fiberglass tunnels will take visitors to structures where they can view antiquities still lying on the seabed.

Museum Liaunig / Querkraft

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Neuhaus, Austria
  • Architects: Querkraft - Jakob Dunkl, Gerd Erhartt, Peter Sapp
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4810.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006

California Academy of Sciences / Renzo Piano Building Workshop + Stantec Architecture

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San Francisco, United States

Hanamidori Cultural Center / Atelier Bow-Wow

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Tachikawa, Japan
  • Architects: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Momoyo kaijima, Shun Takagi
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6031.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2005

Kunsthaus Art House Extension / ssm Architekten

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Grenchen, Switzerland
  • Architects: ssm Architekten ag
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3838.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Extension and renovation of the Ljubljana City Museum / OFIS arhitekti

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Architects: OFIS Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2650.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2004

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art / Steven Holl Architects

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Kansas City, United States
  • Architects: Steven Holl, Chris McVoy (design architect), Chris McVoy (partner in charge), Martin Cox, Richard Tobias (project architect), Masao Akiyoshi, Gabriela Barman-Kraemer, Matthias Blass, Molly Blieden, Elissavet Chryssochoides, Robert, Edmonds, Simone Giostra, Annette Goderbauer, Mimi Hoang, Makram El-Kadi, Edward Lalonde, Li Hu, Justin Korhammer, Linda Lee, Fabian Llonch, Stephen O'Dell, Irene Vogt, Urs Vogt, Christian Wassmann (project team)
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  15329.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Neue National Gallery in Berlin / Mies van der Rohe

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Berlin, Germany

Ilopolis Bread Museum / Brasil Arquitetura

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon + 34

Ilópolis, Brazil
  • Architects: Francisco Fanucci and Marcelo Ferraz
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  330.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Central Library, Universidad Catolica del Norte / Marsino Arquitectura

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Antofagasta, Chile

Fundação Iberê Camargo in Porto Alegre, Brazil / Alvaro Siza

The new building for the Ibere Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil designed by Portugal´s Alvaro Siza, is a big rectangular white concrete structure. It has a big central space enclose by circulations and exhibition spaces. Some of this circulations separate from the main body as arms going out through the facade.

I´ve always loved the big white orthogonal Siza buildings, and i think that this form is really informed by brazilian modernists, resulting on sculptural rock in front of the river with an amazing light use, a tradition on Siza´s works.

Pictures by Grazielle Bruscato, plans taken from Fundação Iberê Camargo.

España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti

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Santo Domingo, Colombia
  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5500.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2005

Jewish Contemporary Museum San Francisco / Studio Libeskind

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San Francisco, United States

Petter Dass Museum / Snøhetta

© Snøhetta © Snøhetta © Snøhetta © Snøhetta + 15

Alstahaug, Norway
  • Architects: Snøhetta
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1350.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

Grand Rapids Art Museum: LEED Gold Certified / wHY Architecture

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Grand Rapids, United States
  • Architects: wHY Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  125.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

In Progress: Contemporary Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind

Sorry for the lack of posts this last few days, but before leaving to San Francisco my computer died. Now i´m back home with a borrowed computer, and will be posting some buildings i found in SF.

This two rotated cubes are part of the adaptation of the 1907 Jessie Street Power Substation, adjacent to the Yerba Buena Park in San Francisco, into the new Jewish Contemporary Museum by Daniel Libeskind Studio and local architects WRNS Studio. The project houses 63,000 sq feet for exhibitions and programs in visual, performing and media arts, and includes 3,500 square feet of space for education.