Museums
Olson Kundig Architects - Lightcatcher at Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA Print E-mail
Monday, 15 November 2010 07:56

The Lightcatcher Building will be newest addition to the Whatcom Museum. It is located in the downtown area of Bellingham, WA, within a newly created, Arts and Cultural District, which includes restored adjacent landmarks. Olson-Kundig-Lightcatcher-14

The Museum’s mission is to provide informative, innovative and interactive educational programs and exhibitions about art and Northwest history and the influences that affected their evolution. It seeks to stimulate inquiry about our changing cultural, natural and historical landscapes, for the youngest to the oldest minds, and to inspire preservation of and creative contributions to our region. The Museum’s collection holds more than 200,000 artifacts and art pieces of regional importance, including a vast photographic archive.

All Photographs by Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:27
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Steven Holl Architects - HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark revisited Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 00:00

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Although we had featured the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Steven Holl Architects back in July of 2009, in the light of yesterday's news of the project receiving a 2010 RIBA International Award, we wanted to show some new material about the project that we have just received. The museum unites three distinct cultural institutions: the Herning Center of the Arts, the MidWest Ensemble and the Socle du Monde.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 15:20
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Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects - Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, Florida Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 07:52

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Museums began in ancient times as Temples, dedicated to the muses, where the privileged went to be amused, to witness beauty, and to learn. After the Renaissance museums went public with palatial structures where the idea of the gallery arose, a space to display paintings and sculpture. Later, museums became centers of education, researching, collecting, and actively provoking thought and the exchange of ideas. By presenting the highest achievements of culture, museums became a stabilizing and regenerative force, crusading for quality and excellence. The role of the modern museum is both aesthetic and didactic, both Temple and Forum.

The design of contemporary museum can be characterized by two polar approaches. On the one-hand buildings which aim to be works of art in themselves, independent sculptural objects as signatures of their architects. The new Rome Museum is the most extreme example, where the building opened empty, without any art to compromise its architecture. On the opposite end of the spectrum are museums as containers, as beautiful jewel boxes, treasure chests whose sole purpose is to be filled with art, like the Tampa Museum.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:23
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Houser Walker Architecture - River Heritage Museum in Paducah, Kentucky Print E-mail
Monday, 15 March 2010 07:14

Located at the convergence of the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio rivers, the expansion of the River Heritage Museum will be a pivotal project in the re-development of Paducah’s historic riverfront arts community. The 32,000 sf expansion is designed to be constructed in 3 phases over the next 4 years.
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Zaha Hadid Architects - MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 06:13

ZHA_MAXXI_Helene_Binet_10Designed by architect Zaha Hadid (winner of the international competition in 1999), the MAXXI is located in the Flaminio quarter of Rome, in the area of the former Montello military barracks.

The MAXXI_Museum of 21st Century Arts is a foundation created by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Minister Sandro Bondi). The president is Pio Baldi.


The complex houses two institutions: MAXXI Arte (Director Anna Mattirolo) and MAXXI Architecture (Director Margherita Guccione), aiming to promote art and architecture through collection, conservation, study and exhibition of contemporary works.

As of today, over 300 works are part of the MAXXI Art collection, including those of Boetti, Clemente, Kapoor, Kentridge, Merz, Penone, Pintaldi, Richter, Warhol and many others. MAXXI Architecture includes the files of the designs of Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi, Pierluigi Nervi and others, as well as the projects of contemporary authors such as Toyo Ito, Italo Rota and Giancarlo De Carlo, and photography collections of the projects Italian Atlas and Author’s Site.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2009 08:48
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Rafael Viñoly Architects Complete New East Wing of Cleveland Museum of Art Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2009 08:04

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Rafael Viñoly Architects has designed the new East Wing at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), Ohio, which opened to the public on June 27, 2009. Its completion marks the opening of the first of three planned wings.



Viñoly’s design for the new East Wing forms part of an impressive seven year expansion and renovation project. The 139,200 square foot East Wing connects CMA’s original 1916 Beaux-Arts building and the 1971 addition by Marcel Breuer, creating spectacular new spaces for the presentation and conservation of one of the leading encyclopaedic art collections in the United States.

Photographs courtesy of Brad Feinknopf

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 15:36
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David Chipperfield Architects - Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 June 2009 06:25

Figge_Art_Museum_01 Cities get identified by their landmarks. The centre of Davenport, suffers from many of the problems endemic to a number of American cities. Over the years the area has witnessed the departure of much of its residential and business community, leaving downtown Davenport with little of the vibrancy normally associated with urban life.

The implementation of this new home for the Figge Art Museum, formerly the Davenport Museum of Art, in downtown Davenport, has been a major catalyst in the urban revitalization of a historic city, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River on Iowa’s eastern border and is the largest of the Quad Cities, that also comprises Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline, Illinois.

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Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 22:13
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