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Narbonne’s museum of antiquities tops out in France by Foster + Partners

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Article source: Foster + Partners

The president of the Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Carole Delga, in the presence of the Mayor of Narbonne, Didier Mouly and the President of the Metropole of Narbonne, Jacque Bascou, visited the new museum of antiquities in Narbonne to mark the completion of the building envelope. This was also the first opportunity for invited members of the press and elected officials to visit the site of what will be one of the most significant cultural projects in the region.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Narbonne’s museum of antiquities tops out
  • Location: Narbonne, France
  • Photography: Aaron Hargreaves, Nigel Young


Museum for the Defense and Siege of Leningrad in Saint Petersburg, Russia by LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS

Monday, February 26th, 2018


Lahdelma & Mahalmäki Architects have unveiled Requiem, their competition proposal for the Museum for the Defense and Siege of Leningrad, St. Petersburg. The project was undertaken in partnership with Ralph Appelbaum Associates who, together, formed the only international team amongst the four final designs. The design sees an elegant spiral, buried in the landscape, reaching up from the exhibitions which are buried in a vast cavern underground. The route corkscrews out the top of the riverside, reaching outwards to give views over the new St. Petersburg.


  • Project: Museum for the Defense and Siege of Leningrad
  • Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Authors: Ilmari Lahdelma, professor, Architect SAFA Rainer Mahlamäki, professor, Architect SAFA
  • Team: Ilmari Lahdelma, professor, Architect SAFA, Rainer Mahlamäki, professor, Architect SAFA, Jukka Savolainen, Architect, Taavi Henttonen, Student of Architecture
  • Exhibition design: Rick Sobel, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • Advisors: Markus Lähteenmäki, Anastasia Basova
  • Visualisation: Brick Visual
  • Scale Model: Seppo Rajakoski


Museum Of The Sea – Rehabilitation And Museography in Sète, France by C+D ARCHITECTURE

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Article source: C+D ARCHITECTURE

Historically the port of Sète owes its existence to Louis XIV (1666) who decided to create an outlet to the sea from the Canal du Midi. Associated for a long time with the wine trade, today it serves as a port for the whole of southern France. Like other Mediterranean sites, Sète is in an important position for the French Research Institution for the exploitation of the sea (IFREMER), a major player in scientific and maritime technology and much acclaimed worldwide. At the beginning of the year 2000 the branch of this institution in Sète set up on the edge of Etang de Thau leaving the old building to the mercy of graffiti.

Image Courtesy © Marie-Caroline LUCAT

  • Architects: C+D ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: Museum Of The Sea – Rehabilitation And Museography
  • Location: Rue Jean Vilar, 34200 Sète, France
  • Photography: Marie-Caroline LUCAT
  • Architect in Charge: Nicolas Crégut, Laurent Duport
  • Projet Manager: Sophie Fernandez, Museography Laurent Duport et Nicolas Crégut with Sophie Fernandez
  • Consulting Engineers: Grontmij
  • Area: 1053.0 sqm


Art Museum Videbaek in Denmark by Henning Larsen Architects

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects

The Arne Haugen Sørensen Museum is now officially open. An inviting pavilion in close connection to the surrounding nature. The building is an extension to Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon in Videbæk, Denmark.

A donation of 70 works of art from the Danish artist Arne Haugen Sørensen made it possible for Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon to expand the Kunstpavillon with further 400 m2 in connection to the existing pavillon. Having designed the first building, we re-established the collaboration with the museum and designed an extension that brings new life into the architecture while maintaining the original atmosphere and poetry.

It was a focal point in the design of the extension to continue the architectural vision from the first building to create a cohesion and one unity.

Image Courtesy © Henning Larsen/Kirstine Mengel

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Project: Art Museum Videbaek
  • Location: Videbaek, Denmark
  • Photography: Henning Larsen/Kirstine Mengel


Brick Kiln Folk Inn & Museum in Suzhou, China by HONGKONG H DESIGN FIRM LIMITED

Friday, February 2nd, 2018


Jiangnan of China, has enjoyed the”earthly paradise”reputation since ancient times of its staggered rivers and lakes, vertical and horizontal waterways, small bridges and tasteful towns. A typical canal town named Jin Xi, located in the picturesque scenery of Jiangnan, known as “the hometown of Chinese folk museum” with two thousand years of history.There is an old saying here before “thirty-six bridges must have seventy-two kilns.” Lots of kilns were produced golden bricks in the past, and the brick kiln culture is so profound and indispensable for the town.

Brick Kiln Folk Inn Landscape & architecture, Image Courtesy © Zhang Qilin and Qian Xiang

  • Project: Brick Kiln Folk Inn & Museum
  • Location: Kunshan City of Suzhou,China
  • Photography: Zhang Qilin and Qian Xiang
  • Client: Kunshan City Construction Investment Development Group Co., Ltd.
  • Design Team: Kevin Hu, Jason Jiang, Wendell Wu, Vivi Zhang
  • Architecture design: China Architecture Design Group, Cui Kai Design Team
  • Design team: Jason Jiang, Wendell Wu, Vivi Zhang
  • Building Area: 1520m2(Cultural Museum)+2940m2(Folk Inn)
  • Complited Time: 2017.09


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California by CO Architects

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Article source: CO Architects

CO Architects’ innovative expansion and modernization of the 100-year-old Natural History Museum (NHM) of Los Angeles County fully engages museum-goers and puts an interactive and contextually responsive public face on the museum. Through a highly visible redesign of the museum’s North Campus, featuring a new glass pavilion, entry bridge, outdoor amphitheater, and newly developed landscape, the museum has become an inviting indoor-outdoor experience for visitors and passersby. The iconic Beaux-Arts style 1913 Building was retrofitted and renovated—along with the famed Dinosaur Hall—via an investigative process referencing original drawings to preserve the building’s infrastructure. With a completely re-imagined campus, the museum now offers its patrons an active and dynamic center for public engagement and scientific exploration for the next century.

Image Courtesy © Tom Bonner

  • Architects: CO Architects
  • Project: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Location: Los Angeles County, California
  • Photography: Tom Bonner, Tom Lamb and 2_L_Studio
  • Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
  • Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
  • Civil Engineers: Psomas
  • Size: 108,000 square feet indoors; 3.5 acres outdoors


Design Museum Shenzhen in China by MVRDV

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Article source: MVRDV 

Design has become and will be more and more the keyword of our world and our next worlds. The word will be the carrier of the thinking processes towards new societies. It is about the phase before production. It is about the thinking before the making. Design products change our world and so do the machines that produce new products. A society led by design is under endless construction and in an expanding smartening universe, there is an emergence of a new world of digitized making.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Chao

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Design Museum Shenzhen
  • Location: Design Society, Shekou, Shenzhen, China
  • Photography: Zhang Chao
  • Design MVRDV: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries
  • Design Team: Winy Maas, Wenchian Shi, Marta Pozo, with Bart Milon, Gustavo van Staveren, Cai Zheli, Matiss Groskaufmanis, Guang Ruey Tan, Sen Yang, Jan Szymankiewicz, Jose Sanmartin and Wenzhao Jia
  • Project Coordinator: Jammy Zhu
  • Director: Ole Bouman
  • Programme Director: Rong Zhao
  • Exhibition Curator: Carrie Chan


National Museum In Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy, Poland by KWK Promes

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Article source: KWK Promes

Before the WWII, Szczecin was a german city and location of our museum used to be a urban quarter. During the war, due to air raids, a quarter was destroyed. After war, Szczecin became a polish city, meanwhile an empty square accidentally appeared in place of a former quarter. In December ’70, there were bloody clashes against the militia with tragic results of 16 fatalities. Since those events, a square has became a symbol of the fight for freedom, which is commemorated by a monument over there. Thus, an idea of a museum of the latest history of Szczecin in that place came up. Philharmonic Hall, designed by Estudio Barozzi Veiga was meant to be built on the opposite side of the street. Even then, we concluded, that this new building would become the new icon of the city, so we decided to step aside to the second plan with our museum design.

Image Courtesy © KWK Promes

  • Architects: KWK Promes
  • Project: National Museum In Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy
  • Location: Szczecin, Poland
  • Photography: Jarosêaw SyrekJuliusz SokolowskiJakub Certowicz 
  • Collaboration: Architects Aleksandra Stolecka, Piotr Tokarski, Adam Radzimski, Joanna Biedna, Magdalena Adamczak
  • General Contractor: Skanska
  • Site Area: 9577 m2
  • Gross Covered Area: 1628 m2
  • Usable Floor area: 2117 m2
  • Exhibition Surface: 960 m2
  • Volume: 15 845 m3
  • Competition: 2009
  • Project Year: 2010-2011
  • Construction: Jan 2012- Feb 2016


Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait City, Kuwait by SSH

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Article source: v2com

The upcoming Kuwaiti museum complex, the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC), has been named Public Building of the Year at the prestigious ABB LEAF Awards 2017.

The annual LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) Awards bring together more than 100 leading senior figures from the world’s elite architectural design community to celebrate, discuss and honour some of the best new international projects. All shortlisted and winning projects are recognised as setting the benchmark for the future of the industry.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre Exterior Shot, Image Courtesy © SSH

  • Architects: SSH
  • Project: Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre
  • Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Client: The Amiri Diwan, Kuwait
  • Collaborators: Al Ghanim International
  • Area: 127,000 sq m
  • Project end date: Estimated end of 2017


The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine by heneghan peng architects

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Article source: heneghan peng architects 

The mission of the Palestinian Museum is to be the leading, most credible and robust platform for shaping and communicating knowledge about Palestinian history, society and culture.

To deliver on this mission, the client’s intention has been to develop a Palestinian Museum hub located 25km north of Jerusalem (West Bank), and in two phases of building construction.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: heneghan peng architects
  • Project: The Palestinian Museum
  • Location: Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine
  • Photography: Iwan Baan, Richard Davies
  • Client:Welfare Association/ Taawon
  • Design Team: Concept/ Scheme Design
  • Landscape Architect: Lara Zureikat
  • Civil/ Structural/ Building Services/ Fire: ARUP (London)


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