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Maidstone Museum East Wing by Kent, UK by Hugh Broughton Architects

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Article source: Hugh Broughton Architects

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery has re-opened following an extensive £3 million refurbishment and the addition of a new East Wing by Hugh Broughton Architects.

Clad with ‘gold’ shingles which hint at the museum’s collection of ‘treasures’ on display inside, the new wing provides the museum with a reinvigorated look making it the cultural focus for the town centre.

Image Courtesy Hufton+Crow

  • Architects: Hugh Broughton Architects
  • Project: Maidstone Museum East Wing
  • Location: Maidstone, Kent, UK
  • Construction value: £3m (including a £2m grant from Heritage Lottery Fund)
  • Gross internal area: 1150 sq m (470 sq m new build / 680 sq m refurbishment)
  • Client: Maidstone Borough Council
  • Project director: Hugh Broughton
  • Project architect: Gianluca Rendina


Musée de la Romanitée Narbonne in Southern France by Foster + Partners

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

Following an international competition, Foster + Partners, working with museum designer Adrien Gardere, is designing a new museum for Roman artefacts in the city of Narbonne, southern France.

As a vital Roman port, Narbonne has an impressive legacy of buildings, ancient relics and archaeological sites. The centrepiece of the museum is a collection of more than 1,000 ancient stone relief funerary blocks excavated nearby. Their display forms a natural barrier at the heart of the simple, rectilinear building, separating the public galleries from the more private restoration spaces. Visitors will be able to glimpse the work of the archaeologists and researchers through its mosaic of stone and light, and the flexible display framework allows the reliefs to be easily reconfigured and used as an active tool for learning.

Image Courtesy Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Musée de la Romanitée Narbonne
  • Location: Narbonne, Southern France


Nam June Paik Museum in Yongin City, South Korea by Hackenbroich Architekten

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Article source: Hackenbroich Architekten

Nam June Paik and his interest for nature and technology inspired us to bring nature and technology into a reciprocal presupposition, where one topic influences the other and vice versa. The building is transformed, generated and dissolved by nature and technology. Instead of defining an opposition between these two issues the project is about the discovery of their interaction.

Space and media surface

  • Architects: Hackenbroich Architekten
  • Project: Nam June Paik Museum
  • Location: Yongin City, South Korea
  • Status: International competition
  • Client: Province of Kyonggi
  • Size: 5,000 m²
  • Team: Wilfried Hackenbroich and Rainer Mühr with Sandra Blei, Matthias Povel, Katja Schümann
  • Media Consultant: Karen Wong


Museum of Polish History in Warsaw, Poland by Zerafa Architecture Studio

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Zerafa Architecture Studio

The challenge of creating a new Museum of Polish History today involves considering the historical relationship between a National identity, collective memory and a culture’s traditions within a modern global context.  The design of the museum and the crafting of a user experience that communicates an essential spirit of Polish Identity and is also meaningful to visitors from around the world represent a universal challenge of our time. We believe the solution lies within the power of history to illuminate, teach and improve relationships through the celebration of ideas and human aspirations. The collective memory of a Nation is quite often defined by those memories enshrined in national monuments and in particular, those not publically memorialized.  The idea of a “collected memory”, one that is inherently fragmented and individual in character in relation to “collective psychology” that represents a group’s common ideas and aspirations is the starting point for our design.


  • Architect: Zerafa Architecture Studio
  • Name of Project: Museum of Polish History
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Design Team: Jason Zerafa, Joaquin Boldrini, Pablo Zamorano, Luis Carmona, Katherine Moya.
  • Associate Architect: Gregory T Waugh AIA
  • Client: Ministry for Culture and Natural Heritage
  • Facility: National History Museum
  • Size: 20,000 sm
  • Status: International Competition Proposal, 20+10+X World Architecture Community Award, 6th cycle, 2010


Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York by Leeser Architecture

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Leeser Architecture

Completed in 2011, the Museum of the Moving Image houses a comprehensive collection dedicated to educating the public about the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. Leeser Architecture’s expansion and renovation of this unique museum allows for the interplay of rich moving image history with innovative technology and cutting edge design.

Main Theater (Images Courtesy Peter Aaron/Esto)

  • Architect: Leeser Architecture
  • Name of Project: Museum of the Moving Image
  • Location: Astoria, New York
  • Status: Built
  • Client: Museum of the Moving Image
  • Credit: Photo: John Hill and Peter Aaron/Esto


Museum of the Wine in Almendralejo, Spain by GAP Arquitectos

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Article source: GAP Arquitectos

The project of the Museum of the Wine in Almendralejo (Badajoz) poses and assumes the duality that exists in the process of elaboration of the wine. Science and art, system and chance, technical and inspiration are the opposites that build, in a mysterious, magic, almost miraculous way, a fine wine.

Image Courtesy Jesús Granada

  • Architects: GAP Arquitectos
  • Project: Museum of the Wine
  • Location: Almendralejo, Spain
  • Competition: March 2005
  • Beginning of construction: March 2006
  • End of construction: April 2009
  • Intervention Areas: 3.025 m²


Easter sculpture museum in Albacete, Spain by EXIT architects

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source: EXIT architects

The Museum Project was the result of an ideas competition organized by the Hellín Municipality. The competition rules considered the refurbishment of the Casa del Conde as well as the construction of an extension on the plot area former occupied by some small service buildings of the house.

Images Courtesy Fernando Guerra and EXIT architects

  • Architect: EXIT architects – Iban Carpintero / Mario Sanjuan
  • Name of Project: Easter sculpture museum
  • Location: Hellin, Albacete, Spain
  • Client: Public works Ministry / Hellín Municipality
  • Built area: 2.160 m2
  • Budget: 3.512.235 euros


Central Library and Museum for the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain by dosmasunoarquitectos

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Article source: dosmasunoarquitectos


Occupying a historic building

We thought that the project for the new Central Library of Alcalá de Henares University should not be strictly limited to a refurbishment task, in which a new program and furniture are to supersede the original ones. It should be understood as an insertion into an existing party-wall, acquiring its shape, absorbing light and fresh air, and opening towards the sky as the only possible way out. This implies the creation of a new space within an existing heritage building which features its own identity, and which is as well respectfully introduced into a formerly built context. The development of spatial strategies to occupy a given volume, as well as the generation of an inner façade to link and accommodate the new uses into the already existent building, are some of the keys through which the project evolved. Besides, it was equally important to develop an independent and flexible constructive process, neutral and nuanced at the same time, which ensured the adaptation of the new program without constraining it physically.


  • Architect: dosmasunoarquitectos
  • Name of Project: Central Library and Museum for the University of Alcalá de Henares
  • Location: Alcala de Henares, Spain
  • Client: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
  • Architects: Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro, Lina Toro
  • Collaborators: Begoña de Abajo, Jean-Baptiste Barbet, Marius Ege, Sálvora Feliz, Marko Licen, Qianyi Lim, Paula Raimúndez, Carlos Ramos, Alberto Rey, Daniel Ruiz, Jerónimo van Schendel,
  • Surveyors: Javier Mach, Javier González
  • Structure: Arquing
  • Services: Grupo JG
  • Competition: First Prize. 2007


Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland by Todd Architects

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Todd Architects

Delivering the World’s Largest Titanic Visitor Experience

Titanic Belfast opened its doors to the world on 31st March, 2012.  The world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project, Titanic Belfast is the result of a successful collaboration between the Concept Design Architects CivicArts/Eric R Kuhne & Associates and the Lead Consultant/Architect Todd Architects.

  • Architects: Todd Architects
  • Project: Titanic Belfast
  • Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Photographs: Christopher Heaney, Gareth O’Cathain (more…)

Jewish Museum Berlin in Germany by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

The Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened to the public in 2001, exhibits the social, political and cultural history of the Jews in Germany from the 4th century to the present. The museum explicitly presents and integrates, for the first time in postwar Germany, the repercussions of the Holocaust. The new extension is housed on the site of the original Prussian Court of Justice building which was completed in 1735 and renovated in the 1960s to become a museum for the city of Berlin.

JMB Next to Original Baroque Building (Images Courtesy BitterBredt)

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Jewish Museum Berlin
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Building size: 166,840 sq.ft
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete with zinc facade
  • Photography: Guenter Schneider, Bitter Bredt, Torsten Seidel, Michele Nastesi and SDL


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