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The New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany by Penda

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Article source: Penda

Art and Technology: A New Unity

Resting on the description of Bauhaus by Walter Gropius:”” Only perfect harmony in the technical function and in the proportions of form can produce beauty”, our design for the New Bauhaus Museum is a fusion of clear geometry and technological aspects , that offer a great amount of flexibility and integration to Dessau’s City Centre. Life in a city is multiple, ambiguous and in constant change. Alternating climate seasons and weather conditions, different demand at day or night, various events and happenings throughout the year. Our aim was to create a Museum that connects and interacts with those multiple settings of daily life in Dessau in a very direct and responsive way. Due to its ability to transform itself, it can react to various needs within the City Park and offers the possibility to become a connecting hub, which shapes the community around it and links its visitors to the vision of the Bauhaus era.

Image Courtesy © Penda

Image Courtesy © Penda

  • Architects: Penda
  • Project: The New Bauhaus Museum
  • Location: Dessau, Germany
  • Project Type: Cultural / Museum
  • Project Year: Competition Finalist (out of 830 participating Offices)
  • Project Size : 4.500m2
  • Project Team: Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Xue Bai,Veit Burgbacher, Quan He, Pengchong Li, Frank Li, Jeong Hoon Kim, Yurii Suhov


Kruizenga Art Museum in Holland, Michigan by C Concept Design

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Article source: C Concept Design

The new Kruizenga Art Museum (KAM) at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, has been described as a “breath of fresh air”. The uniqueness of the 15,000 gsf Museum building is largely due to its unorthodox, saw-toothed granite exterior.

Image Courtesy © Tom Wagner

Image Courtesy © Tom Wagner

  • Architects: C Concept Design
  • Project: Kruizenga Art Museum
  • Location: Holland, Michigan, USA
  • Photography: Tom Wagner
  • Software used: Rivet, Autocad, 3DMax
  •  Lead Architect: Matthew VanderBorgh, C Concept Design, the Hague, the Netherlands
  • Design Team (C Concept Design): Matthew VanderBorgh, Donald Battjes, Craig Nicely, Lisa Warren, Chad Gould, Euan Cameron and Mirjan van den Heetkamp
  • Local Architect: Progressive AE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Program Lead: Donald Battjes,former chief of Operations, LACMA Los Angeles California
  • Programming: Timothy J. Chester & Associates LLC Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Museum Director: Charles Mason, Hope College, Holland Michigan
  • Engineers: Progressive AE, Grand Rapids, Michigan Dailey Engineering, Onsted, Michigan
  • Size: 15,000 gsf / 1,394m²
  • Completion Date: Fall 2015


Zi Bo The Great Wall Museum of Fine Art in China by Arch Studio

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Article source: Arch Studio

Project Background: There’s a dilapidated industrial factory, not far from Zibo train station, is located behind the bustling downtown. The industrial factory was established in 1943, and it was originally a pharmaceutical factory. However, as the developing of urbanization, the factory was forced to stop and move to new district. All the equipment had been removed, only left a empty factory. After abandoned for years, the factory is now have the turn of fortune’s wheel. The factory had it potential of long-span structure and its earthy texture. It became a desirable place to visit for many artists. Thus, the factory transforms the industrial relic to the contemporary art museum. The reconstruction area is a rectangle shape about 3800 sq./m, include 3 factory and a few unequal-sized storage. It was hardly to see some trees and plant, because there is a civil air defense facility under the concrete floor.

Image Courtesy © Arch Studio

Image Courtesy © Arch Studio

  • Architects: Arch Studio
  • Project: Zi Bo The Great Wall Museum of Fine Art
  • Location: Shan Dong Province, Zibo, China
  • Design team: Han Wen qiang、Cong Xiao、Huang Tao
  • Architectural space: 3795 sq./m
  • Design time: 2014.11—2015.10
  • Construction time: 2014.11—2015.01


Oita Prefectural Art Museum in Japan by Shigeru Ban Architects

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Article source: Shigeru Ban Architects

Typical museums are usually a closed building type which prevents the public from knowing what activities are going on inside and deprives them of the chance to enjoy art.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Hirai

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Hirai

  • Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects 
  • Project: Oita Prefectural Art Museum
  • Location: Oita, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroyuki Hirai


Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand by Patterson Architects Associates

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Article source: Patterson Architects Associates

The new Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand, designed by
Patterson Architects Associates, opens as a combined art museum with the Govett-Brewster
Art Gallery on 25 July, 2015.

Image Courtesy © Patterson Architects Associates

Image Courtesy © Patterson Architects Associates


Job Lounge for Groninger Museum in Netherlands by STUDIO JOB

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Article source: STUDIO JOB

The lounge created by Studio Job for the Groninger Museum is a showpiece in itself.

The design duo of Job Smeets (1970) and Nynke Tynagel (1977) was inspired by 19th-century private clubs full of smoking gentlemen in top hats. These were once sophisticated bastions with thick-pile carpets on creaking wooden floors; chandeliers were suspended from richly decorated ceilings supported by solid pillars. The muffled silence was only broken by the calming spatter of the fountain at the entrance. It was an ivory tower for the elite – just as it was on the Titanic. It is not without reason that this world has vanished.

Image Courtesy © Robert Kot

Image Courtesy © Robert Kot

  • Architects: STUDIO JOB
  • Project: Job Lounge for Groninger Museum
  • Location: Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Photography: Robert Kot, Peter Tahl
  • Architect Museum: Alessandro Mendini, Coop Himmelblau, Philippe Starck, Michéle de Lucchi
  • Design Job Lounge: Studio Job (Job Smeets & Nynke Tynagel)
  • Project Design Team: Job Smeets & Nynke Tynagel
  • Client: Groninger Museum (more…)


Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


The generative concept of the museum is derived from the potent imagery of Yunnan’s famed local “stone forests”, the dramatic geography of raw, powerful beauty of the geological landscapes sculpted by nature over millennia, and the idea of stacked boxes holding fragile treasures, giving the architecture its defining metaphor as an assembled container of artifacts – a group of spatial volumes that congregates to form a larger mass, where individual pieces are still evident.


Image Courtesy © WENMING CHU

  • Project: YUNNAN MUSEUM
  • Location: Kunming, Yunnan, China
  • Photographer: WENMING CHU
  • SITE AREA: 91,000 sq. m
  • TOTAL G.F.A.: 60,000 sq. m
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: RMB¥522,95 million


The new Museo Novecento in Florence, Italy by Avatar Architettura

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: Avatar Architettura

The new Museum of the Twentieth Century (Museo Novecento), dedicated to Italian art of the twentieth century, is housed in the old Hospital of San Paolo in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. Avatar Architettura was responsible for the museographic and exhibition design of the Museo Novecento. The project defines the museum setting as a suspended space. Visitors come upon it through lively devices for spatial meditation which, placed at the start of the exhibition path, on the first floor of the cloister, introduce them to contemporary experiences and artistic research. While the entrance is characterized by a clearly recognizable architectural solution, Avatar Architettura created the rest of the path as a sort of “suspended space.” More neutral, but physically present and material, the setup of the rooms starts with the metallic floor and continues in the panels that emerge from the walls in some of the rooms.

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

  • Architects: Avatar Architettura
  • Project: The new Museo Novecento
  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Photography: Pietro Savorelli


Grey Matter|Louisville Children’s Museum Competition in Kentucky by PLUS-SUM Studio

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Article source: PLUS-SUM Studio

Children are naturally curious, seeking opportunities to playfully explore while wondering about the magical possibilities of the world around them. Wonder and the process of discovery are fundamental to the mission of a children’s museum and our design strategy. We seek to engage the human minds potential via an innovative architectural expression that activates the senses, ignites imagination, and heightens anticipation of new discoveries revealed as you move through space. One oscillates between interior and exterior mental, physical, and conceptual limits.

View to SE entrance from park - Morning, Image Courtesy © PLUS-SUM Studio

View to SE entrance from park – Morning, Image Courtesy © PLUS-SUM Studio

  • Architects: PLUS-SUM Studio
  • Project: Grey Matter | Louisville Children’s Museum Competition
  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky


Guggenheim Helsinki in Finland by PLUS-SUM Studio

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Article source: PLUS-SUM Studio

Our proposal strategically intensifies and reimagines the Guggenheim Museum producing an iconic cultural landmark by sculpting natural light through physical and conceptual layers. These strata develop a rich, dynamic and varied experience synergistically contextualizing the museum at multiple scales to the material and cultural fabric of Helsinki and Finland. The design supplants the object/icon building (visually distinct, discrete parts) with a new subtle icon, embedded in Finnish culture (emotional, connected) and redefines Helsinki as an urbanized landscape; an extension of the museum.

View From North Market Area - Museum Defines Southern End of New Pedestrian District, Image Courtesy © PLUS-SUM Studio

View From North Market Area – Museum Defines Southern End of New Pedestrian District, Image Courtesy © PLUS-SUM Studio

  • Architects: PLUS-SUM Studio
  • Project: Guggenheim Helsinki
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Software used: Rhino3D and Maxwell 


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