Competition: win a copy of London’s Great Theatres by Simon Callow and Derry Moore

In our latest competition, we’re offering five readers the chance to win a copy of London’s Great Theatres by Simon Callow with photography by Derry Moore. Published by Prestel, the book offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the city‘s renowned stages and to see the spaces without crowds. From the West End to east […]

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 […]

Frank Gehry restores entrance and vaulted corridor at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Frank Gehry has completed work on the first stage in the major renovation of Philadelphia’s Museum of Art, over a decade after he was first enlisted to design the project. The museum opened a number of new elements to the public including the North Entrance – a street-level side entrance that was used when the […]

David Chipperfield completes iridescent West Bund Museum containing Centre Pompidou outpost

A public esplanade envelops David Chipperfield‘s West Bund Museum in Shanghai, which contains the Centre Pompidou‘s first Chinese outpost. The art museum was designed David Chipperfield Architects as a key part of Shanghai’s West Bund masterplan that is transforming a former industrial site on the Huangpu River into a 940 hectare cultural district. It takes […]

Snøhetta unveils North Carolina library with scooped front

Two terraces will be carved into the swooping, ceramic-clad facade of this public library that architecture firm Snøhetta has designed for Charlotte, North Carolina. Snøhetta revealed yesterday its plans to replace the existing Main Library branch of the city’s Charlotte Mecklenburg Library organisation on the same site at Tryon and 6th Street. Clark Nexsen will […]

Snøhetta designs Arctic seed vault visitor centre on Svalbard

Snøhetta has designed a visitor centre for two archives, which will be built within the Arctic Circle on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. Named The Arc, the building will be a place for people to digitally view items from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is the world’s largest, secure seed-storage, […]

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners creates “fortress-like” archive for the Louvre

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has built the Centre de Conservation du Louvre in Liévin, northern France, to securely store 250,000 works of art from the museum’s collection. Located on a former car park for the nearby SANAA-designed Louvre-Lens, the building houses the Musée du Louvre’s archive and conservation centres. Graham Stirk at Rogers Stirk […]

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 […]

Coldefy & Associés and RDAI win competition to build museum for Orlando Pulse shooting

French firms Coldefy & Associés and RDAI have beaten competition from Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Studio Libeskind to build a museum and memorial dedicated to the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Coldefy & Associés and RDAI‘s National Pulse Memorial & Museum will commemorate victims of the tragedy, which took place on 12 […]

White steel and mirrored halls form sci-fi themed architectural model museum in China

Wutopia Lab has used over 5,000 white steel pipes to form the structure of The Last Redoubt, China’s first museum for architectural models. Steel walkways connect rooms lined with thin white columns, where the models are displayed on floating white shelves at different levels. Designed by for exhibition company Fengyuzhu, the museum is divided into […]

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 […]

John Ronan creates affordable housing in Chicago with colourful balconies and a library

A spectrum of vivid hues were incorporated throughout a mixed-use building in Chicago by John Ronan Architects that contains a public library at ground level and low-cost senior housing up above. The Independence Library and Apartments are located in the Irving Park district on the city’s Northwest Side. The area features a mix of historic and […]

After Architecture couples charred wood and brass for Camp Barker Memorial

Three charred wood structures with brass interiors form a memorial that pays homage to African American history at the entrance to a school and park in Washington DC. Tennessee studio After Architecture has constructed the Camp Barker Memorial on the grounds of Garrison Elementary School to be a “functional, educational and commemorative” monument to America’s […]

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 […]

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. […]

Concrete arches cocoon egg-shaped kiln in Chinese porcelain factory

AZL Architects has completed the BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China, building a series of concrete arches over a traditional brick kiln. AZL Architects designed the whole porcelain factory to echo the shapes of the monumental, egg-shaped kiln. Concrete arches curve over the body of the kiln, with windows and vertical joints orientated […]

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 […]

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