JKMM Architects designs disc-shaped extension to National Museum of Finland

JKMM Architects has designed an extension to Finland’s national museum in Helsinki topped with a white, disc-shaped concrete roof. Finnish architectural studio JKMM Architects’ design was selected from 185 entries in an open competition to create the annex for the National Museum of Finland. The extension will stand within a walled garden alongside the existing Gesellius, […]

“We must recognise the workers who make museum-going a smooth architectural experience”

Following protests about working conditions at well-known museums – like the Marciano Art Foundation and MoMA – Mimi Zeiger says it’s time to address architecture’s relationship to unfair labour practices. A symbol of the Freemasons – the architecturally familiar square and compass – decorate the facade of the hastily shuttered Marciano Art Foundation, formerly the […]

Our Lady of the Snows church combines Moravian and Innu influences

Woodford Sheppard Architecture has completed a minimal wooden church in a remote town in Labrador, Canada. Our Lady of the Snows is located in Sheshatshiu, a small isolated village with 1,300 residents located in Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador. The area is a settlement of indigenous people of Eastern Quebec and Labrador, known as the […]

Atelier Masomi designs raw-earth-brick cultural centre in Niger

Atelier Masomi has designed a cluster of five raw-earth buildings that will become the Niamey Cultural Center in the capital of Niger. The group of buildings in the capital of the west African country will contain a performance auditorium, gallery, cafe and community facilities and a library – this will be the first municipal library built in the city since the […]

Sharjah Arts Foundation creates permanent home for the Rain Room in UAE

SpaceContinuum Design Studio and Shape Architecture Practice and Research have designed a pavilion in the emirate of Sharjah to house Random International‘s Rain Room insulation. The concrete and glass building was designed for the Sharjah Arts Foundation as the permanent home for the Rain Room, which was first installed at the Barbican in 2012 and has also been displayed […]

Dorte Mandrup’s Arctic whale watching facility will “grow out of the landscape”

Dorte Mandrup has released visuals of The Whale, a viewpoint for whale watching that will resemble a giant rock outcrop within the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Norway. The Whale has been designed by Danish studio Dorte Mandrup to blend in with coastal landscape near the town Andenes, which is one of the world’s […]

Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre – the first high-tech art gallery

Continuing our high-tech architecture series, we look at how the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts by Norman Foster marked the style’s transition from industrial to cultural buildings. Completed in 1978 the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts was the first cultural building designed by Foster and his wife Wendy at their studio, which at the time was […]

Carmody Groarke to create extension to Design Museum Gent

Carmody Groarke, RE-ST and TRANS Architectuur Stedenbouw have designed an extension to the design museum in Ghent, Belgium, which will form a link between its existing galleries. Named DING – Design in Ghent, the addition is hoped to improve circulation and provide additional exhibition space at Design Museum Gent, which currently comprises three individual buildings. Designed […]

Prison inmates help build cracked-open Church of the Penitent Thief in Italy

The Church of the Penitent Thief in Bologna, Italy, is housed in a gabled white volume cleaved in two by a glazed crack and was built with the help of inmates of La Dozza prison. INOUTarchitettura, LADO architetti and LAMBER + LAMBER were part of the architecture team that designed the church. Called Chiesa del […]

Bubbles protrude from concrete puzzle pavilion at Design Week Mexico

The walls of this Mexico City pavilion by local architect Gerardo Broissin are made from concrete panels pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Broissin has created the structure on the hilly, lush grounds of Mexico City‘s contemporary art museum Museo Tamayo within Chapultepec Forest for this year’s Design Week Mexico (DWM) festival. It is built […]

Esrawe Studio carves quarry-like landscape for Guadalajara stone showroom

Monolithic blocks of stone mimic man-made quarry landscapes for Grupo Arca’s showroom and cultural centre in Guadalajara, Mexico, designed by Esrawe Studio. The complex is designed to promote culture and education over business transactions, with a focus on Mexican architecture, design and fine arts. Esrawe Studio split these two functions into separate buildings. Arts and […]

David Adjaye designs trio of multifaith temples in Abu Dhabi

David Adjaye has revealed visuals of The Abrahamic Family House, an interfaith complex in Abu Dhabi that will contain a church, mosque and synagogue. The three cubic temples are designed by Adjaye Associates to encourage “peaceful co-existence and acceptance” of the three Abrahamic faiths Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the UAE’s capital city. “I believe […]

Steven Holl tops subterranean extension to Kennedy Center with trio of geometric pavilions

Steven Holl Architects has nestled “much-needed” performance spaces for the Kennedy Center in Washington DC under a grassy slope topped by three white-concrete pavilions. Named the Reach, the expansion to the John F Kennedy Performing Arts Center comprises 72,000-square-feet (6,689-square-metres) of interior space, almost all of which is housed underground. Steven Holl Architects‘ extension adds additional rehearsal […]

Slatted stone encloses glass extension for Edmonton Symphony Orchestra by Andrew Bromberg

Architect Andrew Bromberg at Aedas has revealed the design for an extension to the home of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada, featuring rounded glass walls wrapped by a slatted stone, and an elevated garden. Andrew Bromberg at international architecture firm Aedas designed the renovation for the home of the orchestra called Winspear Centre for Music, […]

ZAV Architects tops cultural centre with steps overlooking the Persian Gulf

Two red cement-clad domes are connected by a long set of steps to form the Rong Cultural Centre, overlooking the Persian Gulf on the island of Hormuz in Iran. Designed by ZAV Architects, the small centre houses a tourist information centre, café, bike rental shop and a recycling management space. The Rong Cultural Centre, which is […]

William Rawn designs cedar-clad pavilions for Tanglewood campus in the Berkshires

US firm William Rawn Associates has created a series of buildings for a performing arts campus in western Massachusetts, where retractable glass walls allow music to spill outdoors. The Linde Center for Music and Learning is located on the northern edge of the 524-acre (212-hectare) campus in the Berkshires town of Lenox. Established in the […]

Morphosis unveils Korean American National Museum for Los Angeles

Architecture firm Morphosis has unveiled its design for a sculptural, plant-covered museum in Los Angeles dedicated to the cultural heritage of Koreans living in America. The Korean American National Museum will be built on the corner of 6th Street and Vermont Avenue in the city’s Koreatown, and focus on preserving, studying and presenting Korean-American culture. […]

Creating the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was “difficult” says Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza Viera explains how he created the swooped concrete roof of the pavilion he designed for the 1998 Expo in Lisbon in this exclusive movie. Located at the mouth of the Tagus River in the Portuguese city, the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was built to form the main entrance to the World Exposition, which took place […]

SERA expands Portland Playhouse with building wrapped in glass and charred wood

American studio SERA Architects has overhauled a 115-year-old church building and created a contemporary addition to house a nonprofit theatre company in Oregon. Since 2008, the Portland Playhouse has operated out of a once-vacant church in the city’s King neighbourhood. In the early days, the group got by with sofa seating and other make-shift solutions. […]

Witherford Watson Mann builds “unorthodox” opera theatre within old stable block

Witherford Watson Mann has overhauled a former stable block in Leicestershire to create the rural Nevill Holt Opera theatre, which is shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize. Located on a listed estate in the English hamlet Nevill Holt, the building seeks to echo the “imaginative space of opera” by challenging the typical aesthetic of a […]

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