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The Underground Extension of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in Hague, Netherlands by HANS VAN HEESWIJK ARCHITECTS

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Article source: HANS VAN HEESWIJK ARCHITECTS

THE HAGUE: On June 28th, after a construction period of just two years, the new Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague opens its doors to the public for the first time. The surface area of the famous Mauritshuis museum has been doubled – although there is hardly any indication of this fact above ground, thanks to a complex and spectacular feat of engineering which was completed on schedule and within budget. The dramatic yet subtle intervention has solved the logistical problems facing the constantly busy, much-visited museum, while also resulting in a bright and welcoming entrance space characterised by an ingenious and striking use of daylight. The renovation of the existing Mauritshuis was also a part of this project.

Image Courtesy © Luuk Kramer

Image Courtesy © Luuk Kramer

  • Architects: HANS VAN HEESWIJK ARCHITECTS
  • Project: The Underground Extension of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis
  • Location: Hague, Netherlands
  • Photography: Luuk Kramer

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Nobel Quran Oasis in Madinah, Saudi Arabia by Gerber Architekten

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Article source: Gerber Architekten

The winners of the invited international competiton for the „Nobel Quran Oasis“ have been announced in Madinah. Gerber Architekten convinced the jury with their landscape focused design and share the second prize with Ricardo Bofill-Taller de Arquitectura. A first prize was not awarded and the third prize was given to gmp. Zaha Hadid and Arata Isozaki & Associates both received a commendation.

Image Courtesy © Gerber Architekten

Image Courtesy © Gerber Architekten

  • Architects: Gerber Architekten
  • Project: Nobel Quran Oasis
  • Location: Madinah, Saudi Arabia

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Mediterranean Cultural Centre in Barcelona, Spain by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The Generalitat and the Institut Català d’Estudis Mediterranis, ICEM wishes to create an important and prestigious cultural institution, the Mediterranean Cultural Center. Located in Barcelona, the M.C.C., will be representative of the cultural and economical dynamism of Catalonia, and will consolidate Barcelona as the capital city of the Mediterranean Culture.

The MCC is essentially composed of four entities:

  • A museum of natural history and cultural history.
  • The multimedia library of the Mediterranean..
  • A center of study and investigation.
  • A conference center.
Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (Vanessa Cólliga)
  • Project: Mediterranean Cultural Centre
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Lobby, Reception, Information, Restauration and Retail: Gross 7,650m2 Net 6,090 m2
  • Natural History and Cultural History Museum: Gross 16,000m2 Net 12,370m2
  • Library: Gross 8,000m2 Net 6,900m2
  • Center of studies: Gross 1,800 m2 Net 1,330m2
  • Conference center: Gross 2,500m2 Net 1,920m2
  • Administration: Gross 6,450m2 Net 4,700m2
  • Parking: Gross 2,000m2 Net 2,500m2

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Renewal ‘Stedelijk Museum Hof van Busleyden’ in Mechelen, Belgium by dmvA architecten en Hlc.r architect

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Article source: dmvA architecten en Hlc.r architect

‘Hof van Busleyden’ consists of a complex of buildings, built out of brick and sandstone in replicating late-gothic style, around three external spaces: the small northern court-yard with pine trees, the central rectangular one, paved with cobblestones, and the south-oriented town garden. Since 1938 its function is the one of city museum. The building was protected as a monument.

Image Courtesy © Frederik Vercruysse

Image Courtesy © Frederik Vercruysse

  • Architects: dmvA architecten en Hlc.r architect
  • Project: Renewal ‘Stedelijk Museum Hof van Busleyden’
  • Location: Mechelen, Belgium
  • Photography: Frederik Vercruysse
  • Principal: City Mechelen
  • Team : David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Valerie Lonnoy, Hans Le Compte en Ria Maesen
  • General contractor: WGC nv
  • Constructional engineer: BAS bvba
  • Built area: 1800m2
  • Completion: 10/08/2013

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Museum of Environmental Sciences in Western Mexico by MET Studio

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Experiential designers MET Studio have been appointed to design three out of the total of six galleries foran exciting, new-build, 14,000 sq m museum in Western Mexico, with a working title of Museo de CienciasAmbientales (Museum of Environmental Sciences) or MCA. The ambitious new museumis set to form part of a major new cultural quarter, located close to the University of Guadalajara (Universidad de Guadalajara), and will take the form of an engagement centre looking at the future sustainability of Western Mexico and its relationship with the metropolitan city of Guadalajara.

Image Courtesy © Sn_hetta and MET Studio

Image Courtesy © Sn_hetta and MET Studio

  • Architects: MET Studio
  • Project: Museum of Environmental Sciences
  • Location: Western Mexico
  • Photography: Sn_hetta and MET Studio
  • Leading architects: Snøhetta

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Transformation Stedelijk Museum Schiedam: MVRDV wraps interior of historical chapel in red shelves

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Article source: MVRDV

MVRDV completed its transformation of the entrance of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. The museum for modern art, which is housed in a historical building transformed its central neoclassical chapel into an entrance, shop and café area. The transformation adds a visually clear element, a red shelf which contains all new program and treats the historic structure respectfully. The 500m2 transformation started last year and was recently finalised.

Image Courtesy © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

Image Courtesy © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Transformation Stedelijk Museum Schiedam: MVRDV wraps interior of historical chapel in red shelves
  • Photography: Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

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Starlight in New York by Cooper Joseph Studio

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Article source: Cooper Joseph Studio

This site-specific light sculpture marks a new era for the museum, igniting the majestic circular stair at the heart of its historic interior. Conceived as a perfect circle in elevation, the sculpture is in dialogue with the stair so that old and new are joined in one experience.

Image Courtesy © RUSH Design, Eduard Hueber/ArchPhoto Inc.

Image Courtesy © RUSH Design, Eduard Hueber/ArchPhoto Inc.

  • Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
  • Project: Starlight
  • Location: New York, U.S.A
  • Photography: RUSH Design, Eduard Hueber/ArchPhoto Inc.
  • Architect in Change: Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA
  • Lighting engineer: Studio 1Thousand
  • Fabrication: RUSHdesign

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MUSEUM FOR SWISS WATCH MAKER AUDEMARS PIGUET in Le Brassus, Switzerland by BIG Architects

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Article source: BIG Architects

Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet chooses BIG to expand its historic headquarters. The 2.400m2/25,800 ft pavilion will be a striking landmark to precision seamlessly integrated into the local landscape.

Team BIG, HG Merz, Luchinger & Meyer and Muller Illien´s design is rooted in the origins of the family owned company, a history of watchmaking that goes back centuries and is nested in the nature and culture of the Vallée de Joux. Surrounded by the historical workshops in Le Brassus in the heart of La Vallée de Joux, the new museum called Maison des Fondateurs, will be imbedded in the landscape – reuniting the buildings with the undulating fields of the valley.

Image Courtesy © BIG Architects

Image Courtesy © BIG Architects

  • Architects: BIG Architects
  • Project: MUSEUM FOR SWISS WATCH MAKER AUDEMARS PIGUET
  • Location: Le Brassus, Switzerland
  • Collaborators: HG Merz, Luchinger und Meyer, Muller Illien
  • Size: 2400 m2/ca 25,800 ft
  • Partner-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Daniel Sundlin
  • Team: Ji-Young Yoon, Jason Wu, Otilia Pupezeanu, Natalie Kwee, Beat Schenk, Dammy Lee, Blake Smith, Marie Lancon, Yaziel Juarbe, Julien Beauchamp-Roy, Kristian Hindsberg, Pauline Lavie

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Santral Istanbul Contemporary Arts Museum in İstanbul, Turkey by Emre Arolat Architects

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Article source: Emre Arolat Architects

Istanbul Bilgi University seeked for the renovation of Silahtaraga Power Plant, a typical modern industrial setting formed between 1910′s and 1950′s, to be transformed into a museum, recreational and educational center. This institution covers a site of 107.000 m², between the rivers Alibeykoy and Kagithane, at the end of Golden Horn that had been the center and main scene of Istanbul for many centuries, that had been discredited and become worn from the end of 19th century to 1990’s and that has started to glare once again with many projects after being rediscovered in last 15 years.

Image Courtesy © Emre Arolat Architects

Image Courtesy © Emre Arolat Architects

  • Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
  • Project: Santral Istanbul Contemporary Arts Museum
  • Location: İstanbul, Turkey

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HOKI MUSEUM in Chiba, Japan by NIKKEN SEKKEI

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Article source: NIKKEN SEKKEI

Image Courtesy © Toshio Kaneko

Image Courtesy © Toshio Kaneko

  • Architects: NIKKEN SEKKEI (Tomohiko Yamanashi , Taro Nakamoto , Takashi Suzuki , Masanori Yano)
  • Project: HOKI MUSEUM
  • Location: Chiba, Japan
  • Photography: Toshio Kaneko, Koji Fujii [Nacasa & Partners] and Harunori Noda [Gankohsha]
  • Structural engineers: NIKKEN SEKKEI
  • Mechanical engineers: NIKKEN SEKKEI
  • Principal use: Museum
  • Site area: 3,862.72m2
  • Building area: 1,602.39m2
  • Total floor area: 3,722.39m2
  • Structure: reinforced concrete , partly steel
  • Scale in building: 1 story and 2 basements
  • Maximum height: 7,060mm
  • Completion date: August, 2010

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