Flowering meadow tops Statue of Liberty Museum in New York by FXCollaborative

An expansive green roof, bird-friendly glass and copper accents are among the design elements that architecture firm FXCollaborative incorporated into an angular museum on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty Museum sits just across from Lady Liberty, the famed neoclassical sculpture that France gave to the US in the 1880s. […]

Bauhaus Museum Dessau opens its doors

A museum dedicated to the Bauhaus, designed by Barcelona studio Addenda Architects, has opened in the German town of Dessau, the former home of the hugely influential design school. Named Bauhaus Museum Dessau, the simple glass block is located in the centre of the town where the school was based in a building designed by Walter […]

Kengo Kuma’s stacked-timber Odunpazari Modern Museum opens in Turkey

The Odunpazari Modern Museum, designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, has opened its doors in Eskisehir, northwest Turkey. Built to house the modern art collection of architect and chairperson of Turkish contractor Polimeks, Erol Tabanca, the museum in the Odunpazari district of Eskisehir is formed of a cluster of boxes made from stacked, interlocking timber beams. […]

Closure of Canada’s only design museum shows “lack of support for design” says V&A curator

The closure of Design Exchange’s permanent collection demonstrates an absence of support for the design industry in the country, says Canadian writer and V&A senior curator Brendan Cormier. The Design Exchange (DX) in Toronto, Canada’s museum dedicated to design, has ended its only display – the Permanent Collection of Canadian Industrial Design – in order […]

Iris van Herpen brings couture fashion to the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden

Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Iris van Herpen have wrapped the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in over 1000 metres of delicate concrete friezes that merge fossil forms with the fabric of the designer’s collections. Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Van Herpen collaborated to design the extension to the natural history museum in Leiden, the Netherlands, which is the couture […]

Coalition of survivors protest museum for Orlando Pulse shooting

A group of survivors from the deadly 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida are protesting the creation of a museum and memorial for the tragedy – which firms including Studio Libeskind and Diller Scofidio + Renfro are vying to build. The group, called Community Coalition Against a Pulse Museum, formed last month to demand […]

Forensic Architecture “delighted” as Whitney vice chair resigns over tear-gas protests

Research design studio Forensic Architecture has expressed delight at the resignation of New York’s Whitney Museum vice chairman Warren Kanders, following months of protests regarding his ties to tear gas used against migrants at the US-Mexico border. Kanders’ resignation on 25 July has incited a positive reaction from the community of artists and advocates who […]

Foster + Partners to add giant “floating pavilion” to top of Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Foster + Partners has revealed its plans to add a large overhanging rooftop extension to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, as part of its renovation of the institution in northern Spain. The addition to the building is intended to enhance the institution’s “unique identity”, and will contain a mix of gallery spaces and public viewing platforms. […]

Daniel Libeskind designs photo installation at Auschwitz

Daniel Libeskind has designed an outdoor installation called Through the Lens of Faith in Poland to showcase photographer Caryl Englander’s portraits of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors. Through the Lens of Faith is a series of three-metre-high steel panels lining a path near the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum in Oświęcim. Libeskind chose the pattern of the vertical panels and the striping […]

SOM reveals images of stainless steel US Army museum in Virginia

SOM has released exterior and interior building photos of the National Museum of the United States Army, which is nearing completion in Virginia. The stainless steel-clad museum has been designed by American architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), to tell the story of America’s oldest military service. The three-storey building will comprise of five pavilions […]

The 2D becomes 3D at London’s Cartoon Museum

Sam Jacob Studio has turned the two dimensional graphics of cartoon strips into three dimensional architecture to create the colourful interiors of the Cartoon Museum in London. Sam Jacob Studio designed the permanent home for the Cartoon Museum in Fitzrovia, central London, to be a joyous, colourful space. “I think anyone entering the cartoon museum would be disappointed […]

Le Courbusier’s colourful final pavilion re-opens in Zurich

Pavilion Le Corbusier, has reopened to the public in Zurich after architects Silvio Schmed and Arthur Rüegg restored the art museum to its original state. The colourful museum is the final project built by the pioneer of modernist architecture, and its glass and steel structure was an unusual departure from Le Corbusier‘s predilection for concrete. […]

OMA designs angular extension for SANAA’s New Museum in Manhattan

The New York branch of architecture firm OMA has unveiled its design for the extension to the city’s SANAA-designed New Museum. OMA has designed an angular addition to double the size of the contemporary art museum, which Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA completed in 2007 in Lower Manhattan. Measuring 60,000 square […]

Six whimsical midcentury designs featured in Denver’s Serious Play exhibition

An exhibition at the Denver Art Museum showcases over 200 pieces with a playful spirit that were created by US-based industrial and graphic designers in the 1950s and ’60s. Curator Darrin Alfred selects his highlights. The show, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, presents furniture, textiles, posters, toys and other pieces created in the postwar […]

Studio Gang unveils new details of Natural History Museum extension in New York

American architecture firm Studio Gang has released an updated set of renderings of its undulating addition to the American Natural History Museum in Manhattan. Studio Gang unveiled new renderings of the addition, known as the Richard Gilder Center, to coincide with the extension breaking ground last week. The centre is designed to add galleries, classrooms, […]

Carmody Groarke builds chainmail shed around Mackintosh’s Hill House

One of the most important works of Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been temporarily encased within a large transparent shed, called Hill House Box. London architecture studio Carmody Groarke has built the large structure around Hill House, the residence Mackintosh built for publisher Walter Blackie in 1902. Made from scaffolding and chainmail, the shed […]

OMA uses array of colours and materials for Dior retrospective at Dallas art museum

Hundreds of haute couture garments created by the House of Dior in the past 70 years are presented in a sweeping exhibition in Dallas designed by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu. The exhibition, Dior: From Paris to the World, traces the evolution of the French fashion house from its founding in the 1940s to the present […]

Mary Duggan completes versatile events space inside London’s Science Museum

Gauzy white curtains and subtly patterned floors help organise the layout of this events space, created by architect Mary Duggan for the Science Museum in London. Occupying the fifth and sixth floors of the Science Museum’s building in South Kensington, the two-room facility is designed as an “ever-changing theatre of activity”. Since the 1980s these […]

Buro Koray Duman unveils renovation and expansion plans for Noguchi Museum in Long Island City

New York firm Buro Koray Duman has revealed plans for a major overhaul of the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, which will see the studio and home of American-Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi opened up to the public for the first time. Buro Koray Duman‘s project intends to offer greater public access and expand the […]

Valerio Olgiati creates huge red concrete canopy at entrance to Bahrain’s Pearling Path

A coloured concrete canopy supported by large columns forms this gateway designed by Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati for the Pearling Path, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bahrain. Valerio Olgiati designed to structure to mark the start of the Pearling Path, a 2.2 mile trail situated close to the historic market buildings on Muharraq Island. It connects oyster beds and a […]

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