Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Abade Pedrosa Museum in Portugal

January 6, 2017

The two master architects have joined together in the design and construction of this double museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The building, located amidst traditional Portuguese architecture, presents both architects’ signature touches in it’s general approach and in the finishing details.

 

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

 

The two Portuguese contemporary master architects have joined together for the design and construction process of a new museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The museum, named the “Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum” integrates two buildings into a single complex: a sculpture museum “International Contemporary Sculpture Museum” and the Abade Pedrosa Muncipal Museum itself. (more…)

“Zài Xīng Tǔ Mù: Sixteen Chinese Museums, Fifteen Chinese Architects” at AEDES

August 28, 2016

The exhibition reflects on the physical and curatorial positioning of museums as drivers of progress within the socio-political and cultural landscape in China today. Tasks and aims associated with museums and cultural spaces are examined against the backdrop of today’s global, digital, urban and demographic challenges.

 

Intangible Heritage Museum in Suzhou  © Chen Hao, Vector Architects

Intangible Heritage Museum in Suzhou © Chen Hao, Vector Architects

 

Already 15 years ago, the Aedes exhibition ‘TU-MU’ presented the first generation of independent architects from China – first in Berlin and later in Shanghai – thus bringing them to international attention and acknowledgement. When Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu attended the opening at Aedes in Berlin in 2001, it was his first time outside of China. Ai Weiwei for whom ‘TU-MU’ was the first exhibition in Germany, is now an artist of international fame.

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Bünder Kunstmuseum extension at Chur by Barozzi Veiga

August 21, 2016

An independent structure in dialog with the Villa Planta. A reinterpretation of the original Palladian order while using decoration as a way of separating the building from its surroundings. The result is an expressive, compact volume cleverly integrated into the new public space.

 

BKM Chur © Simon Menges

BKM Chur © Simon Menges

 

The new extension of the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur has been conceived as a simple and compact volume which is perfectly integrated in its immediate urban surroundings. The clear independence of the new building in relation to the adjacent buildings reinforces the importance of the garden in the new Museum area and confers the building an independent and sober appearance.

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National Museum Zurich extension by Christ & Gantenbein

February 14, 2016

The shape, volume and materiality of the building proposed by the Swiss Architects contrast and dialogue with the existing museum by Gustav Gull, built in 1898. The new wing will allocate a library, gallery spaces and an auditorium for the National Museum, but will also create an enclosed garden for visitors.

 

Swiss National Museum extension (2012-2016) Christ & Gantenbein © Roman Keller

Swiss National Museum extension (2012-2016) Christ & Gantenbein © Roman Keller

 

The new wing of National Museum Zurich, designed by Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein, has been finally unveiled after over 4 years of works in the building.

The existing museum, which houses one of the largest collections of historical objects in Switzerland, will be provided with new, ample spaces in order to host events and activities: exhibition galleries, an auditorium and a library, enclosed in an angular, robust concrete building attached to the existing stone building from the late 19th century. (more…)

Herzog & de Meuron’s Musée Unterlinden Extension in Colmar

January 20, 2016

The expansion project will encompass the annexation of the new building, a construction of a modern building and the refurbishment and redesign of the current museum. On January 23 the new Unterlinden Museum will be inaugurated by the President François Hollande.

 

Extension du Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France © Ruedi Walti

Extension du Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France © Ruedi Walti

 

The extension project for the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar encompasses two ensembles facing each other across the future Unterlinden Square: on one side, the medieval cloister with the chapel currently housing Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece and, on the other, as its counterpart, a new wing similar to the chapel in volume which, together with the former municipal baths buildings, form a second courtyard on the other side of the Unterlinden Square. Between the two, a house marks the museum’s presence in the city. (more…)

Landscapes of air: a conversation between Yona Friedman, Luigi Ghirri and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle

December 30, 2015

Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice invite the Friedman/Decavèle duo to readress the Vigne Museum from Ghirri’s perspective: “a frame that allows to find the museum works among buildings and squares, glimpses of towns and countryside, identifying them in the folds of history”.

 

Paesaggi d'aria (2015), photo: Luigi Ghirri © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Cittanova di Modena. Paesaggi d’aria (2015), photo: Luigi Ghirri © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

 

The Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice has recently inaugurated the exhibition “Paesaggi d’aria“, both a conversation and photography display between Luigi Ghirri, the famous Italian photgrapher, Yona Friedman, architect and critic, and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, French artist and photographer.

Both Friedman and Decavèle had previously worked together on many occasions, and the interaction between photographer Luigi Ghirri and the Friedman/Decavèle duo occurs in a common context of many art studies after the Second World War: the need is to demolish a perception of works and places structured by means of frames, showcases, pedestals and architectures, and to subvert the distinction between the object and its containers, the building and the environment. (more…)

OMA’s Timmerhuis: municipal offices and Museum Rotterdam

December 24, 2015

The 48,400 m2 complex in the center of Rotterdam has been built in steel, erected alongside and nestled within an existing municipal building from 1953 – its ambiguous mass tries to mediate between the existing buildings surrounding it.

 

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

 

Timmerhuis – a new mixed-use building that will house Rotterdam’s municipal offices and the Museum Rotterdam, conceived by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – is complete and open to the public since December 7, 2015. Situated in the city’s Laurenskwartier neighborhood, fifty percent of Timmerhuis is occupied by office space; the rest contains residential, retail, parking and the museum.  Its innovative structural system allows for adaptability, while providing the city with a large public space on the ground floor.

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MUDEC Museum of Cultures in Milan by David Chipperfield Architects

April 2, 2015

A series of square bodies, entirely coated of zinc-titanium -as a sign of respect for the industrial context of Ansaldo- protect the organic shapes of the translucent core, a covered piazza that organizes the museum. A meeting place between cultures and communities.

 

MUDEC, Museum of Cultures, Milan © OscarDaRiz

MUDEC, Museum of Cultures, Milan © OscarDaRiz

 

The MUDEC started as an operation of archaeological recovery in one of the most lively districts of Milan, the Tortona area. The project for the Museum of Cultures has it origins in the 1990s when the Municipality of Milan acquired the former industrial area of Ansaldo to refurbish it for cultural activities. The disused factories, which are true monuments of industrial archaeology, have been transformed into workshops, studies and new creative spaces.

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Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 finalist, Ravensburg Art Museum by LRO Architekten

March 2, 2015

The building is not meant to establish a strong contrast through modernity, but instead to fit harmoniously and self-evidently into a townscape that has developed over centuries.

 

© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe

 

Following the release of the five finalists for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award, BMIAA has featured articles on the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin by Barozzi Veiga, the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre by O’Donnell&Tuomey, and more recently, on the Antinory Winery by Archea Associati.

Today’s review is on Ravensburg’s Art Museum by LRO Architekten. This massive brick building located in a town in the South of Germany is an example of how thoughtful contemporary design can be when it comes to coexist with traditional materials and historical environments, allowing for an architecture with a strong sense of belonging through material reuse, textures, and elaborate detailing.

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