Welcome centre for Quebec heritage site rises from the landscape

A stone-filled gabion wall runs along one side of this green-roofed visitors pavilion by architect Anne Carrier, which emerges from a slope at a heritage site in Canada. The Welcome Pavilion is for Seigneurie des Aulnaies – a Quebec cultural heritage site notable for its Victorian estate with a manor house, mill and gardens. Located

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Dinosaur fossil park in Texas gains rust-coloured visitor centre by Lake Flato

American firm Lake Flato used tough materials like weathering steel to create an off-grid educational facility for Big Bend National Park, known for its dinosaur skeletons. The Fossil Discovery Exhibit building was constructed on a flat site within the federal park, which stretches along the Mexico border in southwest Texas. Encompassing 801,163 acres (324,219 hectares),

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Tramway Gas Station by Frey and Chambers is a modernist gatehouse for Palm Springs

Palm Springs Modernism Week kicks off today, and we’re taking a closer look at some of the city’s best mid-century buildings to coincide with the event. First up is the Tramway Gas Station, designed by architects Albert Frey and Robson Chambers to mark the entrance into the modernist mecca. The station is located on the

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Staggered glass walls front visitor centre at Louisiana plantation house

New Orleans firm Trahan Architects has completed a visitor centre for an 18th-century plantation in Louisiana, using translucent glazing to blur views of occupants from the outside “like an impressionist painting”. Trahan Architects’ building provides a gift shop, and exhibition and events space for the Magnolia Mound Plantation House – located in Baton Rouge, near the Mississippi

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COBE designs harbourside brewery for Stavenger that invites visitors to eat and swim

Danish firm COBE has unveiled plans for a craft brewery in Stavanger, Norway, featuring a harbour bath, a street-food market and a huge rooftop vegetable garden – all framed by a network of wooden arches. COBE is working with Norwegian brewery Lervig to create the 11,000-square-metre brewery and visitor centre on the edge of a

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Foster + Partners’ Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

The visitor centre designed by Foster + Partners as part of Apple’s new California headquarters has welcomed its first guests. The centre on Tantau Avenue, Cupertino, opened its doors on Friday 17 November 2017. It is one of the several buildings that architect Norman Foster’s studio has created for the tech giant, as part of

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BIG completes Lego visitor centre shaped like a stack of building blocks

Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG has unveiled its new visitor centre for toy company Lego – a stack of huge building blocks, featuring brightly coloured patios that are home to a submarine, a shark and a camel. A pair of “pixelated” staircases allow visitors to scale the exterior of the Lego House to reach the patios, which are

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Tourist centre perches above limestone canyon in Guizhou Province

This tourist centre by Chinese studios 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio stands on a platform facing out over a deep limestone canyon in Anlong County in China’s Guizhou Province. Four buildings and a pavilion-like structure that make up the Anlong Limestone Resort are hidden between the peaks of the hills, with the platform and a bridge connecting them. Floor-to-ceiling windows

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Chicago Architecture Foundation plans move to Mies van der Rohe-designed tower

The Chicago Architecture Center will take over a space inside a riverfront building by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which will be designed by US firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and is set to open summer 2018. Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) announced its move ahead of the second Chicago Architecture Biennale, which

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Office III builds simple open-air welcome centre on Governors Island

US studio Office III has constructed a visitors’ centre for Governors Island in New York City using marine-grade plywood and cedar decking. The pavilion is the first-ever welcome centre for Governors Island, and was added to help tourists better navigate the small island in the city’s harbour. It lies just 800 yards (732 metres) from Manhattan’s southern-most tip, and

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Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami create three-pronged visitor centre for Dutch park

Three intersecting glass corridors sweep outwards from a sunken, triangular-shaped visitors centre designed by Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami + Associates for Park Vijversburg in the Netherlands. Recently refurbished, Park Vijversburg has been open to the public since 1892. Throughout the year, the park hosts events such as art exhibitions, musical performances, church services and excursions. To accommodate the

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Reiulf Ramstad’s kiln-inspired learning centre will celebrate Denmark’s farming culture

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has unveiled plans for a new agricultural and baking education centre in Denmark’s Jutland region, which will feature teaching spaces skylit by a pair of kiln-shaped forms. Called Kornets Hus – translating from Danish as Grain House – the new timber-framed learning centre will be completed this year in the town of Hjørring, on a patch of

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Henry Moore Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary with renovation of the artist’s former home

Hugh Broughton Architects has added a new visitors centre and an oxidised-steel extension to the Henry Moore Studios and Garden in Hertfordshire – the site of the artist’s former home. The architects focused on reusing and extending existing buildings, thereby minimising impact on the estate and preserving the environment, which was cherished by the Moore family. Moore, who

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New photographs reveal Snøhetta’s Lascaux IV Caves Museum in southern France

These photographs capture the jagged roofline of the museum that Snøhetta has designed at the Lascaux Caves in France, to frame a huge replica of some of the world’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings. Snøhetta worked with local firm Duncan Lewis and exhibition designers Casson Mann to create the tourist attraction, which opened at the end of 2016. Finishing touches have now been completed

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Dorte Mandrup adds thatched wing to Wadden Sea visitor centre in Denmark

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter paired thatch with blackened wood for this extension to a visitor’s centre on the Wadden Sea mud flats in Denmark. Dorte Mandrup’s Copenhagen-based firm updated and extended the original Wadden Sea Centre in Ribe on Demark’s western coast to create the “ultramodern, sculptural architecture rooted in local tradition”. The building is designed as a gateway for visitors to the Wadden Sea region

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Dark cedar boards shroud Quebec visitors centre by Anne Carrier

Quebec architecture firm Anne Carrier Architecture has completed a visitors centre in the Mont Orford National Park, built using a wooden structure that nestles into the landscape. The Bonnallie amenities centre is part of a larger commission the firm earned to design three new public pavilions for the national park. “These projects will give Mount Orford

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Álvaro Siza’s Alhambra project scrapped

Álvaro Siza’s plans for a new entrance and visitor centre at the historic Granada palace the Alhambra have been rejected. The Portuguese architect and Spanish architect Juan Domingo Santos won an international competition for the project in 2011 and revealed plans in 2014. But the architects have been asked to completely revise their proposal for the UNESCO world heritage

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CEBRA plans subterranean visitor centre for historic Skamlingsbanken hill

Danish architecture studio CEBRA has been appointed to create an underground visitor centre for a hill that has hosted some of the most important speeches in Denmark’s history. CEBRA will work with a team that includes landscape firm Opland Landskabsarkitekter and engineering office DRIAS to create the new visitor centre at Skamlingsbanken, the highest point

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Timelapse movie captures visitor centre created by Reiulf Ramstad in the Norwegian mountains

This movie by videographer Alejandro Villanueva tours the Reiulf Ramstad-designed Trollstigen Visitor Centre in rural Norway, revealing how its network of pathways zigzag across a landscape of rugged mountains and deep fjords. Completed by Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter in 2012, the tourist facility features a footpath that crosses the mountain river and leads to lookout points made of

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Elevated walkway and visitor centre added to 12th-century abbey ruins by Binario Architectes

Binario Architectes has used Corten steel, concrete and wood to create a series of new additions to the Villers Abbey in Belgium, including a visitor centre and an elevated pathway (+ slideshow). The Belgian studio converted a former watermill to create the Abbey Visitor Centre in the town Villers-la-ville. Said to be the largest abbey ruins in Europe, Villers Abbey covers a More

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Eight Modernist visitor centres from the USA’s Mission 66 National Park programme

The USA’s National Park Service celebrates its centenary this week. We’ve picked out eight of the best visitors centres and amenities designed as part of its Mission 66 project, which took place 50 years ago (+ slideshow). Mission 66 was a 10-year building programme that aimed to expand visitors services to the parks in the decade More

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Reiulf Ramstad and Dualchas design cliffside visitor centre for Scottish island

Norwegian firm Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has teamed up with Scottish studio Dualchas Architects to design a seafront visitor centre for an island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The two studios – both specialists in architecture for remote sites – won a competition with their proposal for the St Kilda Centre, which will be built on the island of Lewis, but will offer expansive More

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Dorte Mandrup unveils plans for tent-like climate research centre in Greenland

Danish studio Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has revealed its designs for a climate research and visitor centre in Greenland, featuring a tent-like structure and a rooftop platform for observing icebergs (+ slideshow). The Icefjord Centre will be located 150 miles north of the Artic Circle in Ilulissat, a UNESCO-protected area on Greenland’s western coast. It will offer an important resource for scientists examining the history More

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Peter Zumthor creates buildings on stilts for tourist trail at a Norwegian mine

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has built visitor facilities at a historic mine in Norway, with one structure that hangs off a wall and two that are raised on stilts over a steep cliffside (+ slideshow). Zumthor has created three buildings at the old Allmannajuvet zinc mines in Sauda, which were in use for just 18 years at the end of the 19th century. They include a More

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PLH Arkitekter reveals plans for shield-shaped visitor centre at Danish Viking site

Danish practice PLH Arkitekter has based its design for this visitor centre at a Viking landmark in Denmark on a circular shield (+ slideshow). The Copenhagen practice won the competition to design the visitor centre at the site of a Viking ring-fortress with its proposal called The Lost Shield. The historic site in Slagelse, south-west of Copenhagen, is More

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Namu Architects completes shed-like visitor centre in South Korea’s CeongTae Mountain

This visitors centre for a mountain in South Korea by Namu Architects comprises a pair of gabled buildings with vertical cladding and windows, intended to reference the trunks of tall trees that surround the plot (+ slideshow). The CeongTae Mountain’s Visitor Information Center by JaeBum Myung of Seoul studio Namu Architects stands on the edge of a mountain forest in South […]

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Award-winning building destroyed by volcano seven months after completion

An award-winning visitor centre completed last year by Oto Arquitectos on the Cape Verde island of Fogo has been destroyed by a volcano (+ slideshow). Designed by Lisbon-based Oto Arquitectos as a headquarters and cultural venue for the Parque Natural do Fogo, the building was inaugurated in April 2014 and went on to be named […]

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Feilden Fowles plans rammed-earth visitors’ centre for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

London architecture studio Feilden Fowles has revealed plans for a visitors’ centre with rammed-earth walls in Europe’s largest modern and contemporary sculpture park. Set into a hillside in a former quarry, the new Yorkshire Sculpture Park visitors centre will include a restaurant, gallery, public foyer and shop. Rammed-earth walls have been designed to complement the existing sandstone […]

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Wooden pavilions by Lake Flato create a farming school in the Texas landscape

This visitors centre and education pavilion in Texas was designed by Lake Flato Architects to be the one of the most sustainable structures in the state, but also to reference its Southwestern context (+ slideshow). The 5,400-square foot (502-square meters) open-air Josey Pavilion consists of two barn-like wooden structures linked by a porch. The low-slung volumes hug the prairie […]

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MLZD’s lakeside bird-watching centre features rammed earth walls and an aviary

Walls made from compressed earth combine with timber-clad surfaces and glass to help this visitor centre for the Swiss Ornithological Institute complement its natural setting on the banks of a lake (+ slideshow). The institute is situated on the shore of Lake Sempach to the north west of Lucerne in central Switzerland. It houses a non-profit […]

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M-Arquitectos renovates and extends thermal baths on a volcanic Portuguese island

M-Arquitectos has upgraded a popular thermal bathing attraction on Portugal’s São Miguel Island with a new timber-clad visitors’ centre and a pair of stone-lined pools (+ slideshow). M-Arquitectos was asked to renovate facilities at the Poça da Dona Beija natural spring on São Miguel Island – the largest of the nine main islands that make up the Azores archipelago in the North Atlantic […]

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Korean island visitor centre by OUJAE Architects features a remodelled schoolhouse

A refurbished schoolhouse with a serrated profile forms one of three tourist facilities designed by OUJAE Architects for a remote but scenic island off the coast of South Korea (+ slideshow). The Cheongsando Slow Island Trip Centre was designed by Seoul-based OUJAE Architects as a visitor complex on the grounds of an old abandoned school. The complex located on Cheongsando, a small island an hour’s boat […]

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Mining museum by V2S contrasts a traditional stone wall with a metal box

An aluminium and glass box sits over a long stone wall to form the facade of this mining heritage centre in the French village of Banca, by Toulouse studio V2S (+ slideshow). The village in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region in south-western France has a history of mining that V2S was asked to promote with its design for a visitor centre on the […]
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Pombal Castle visitor centre offers a peek through a historic stone wall

Comoco Architects has added a third new structure to the grounds of the medieval Pombal Castle in Portugal – a smooth concrete visitor centre that doubles as a viewing platform (+ slideshow). The single-storey structure with a staircase forming one of its facades is the second commission that Coimbra-based Comoco Architects has had for the […]

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Sparrenberg Castle visitor centre by Max Dudler boasts striated concrete walls

Multi-tonal layers of concrete resemble bands of sediment on the walls of this visitor centre designed by Swiss architect Max Dudler for a medieval fortress in Germany (+ slideshow). Sparrenberg Castle sits on a hillside 60 metres above the city of Bielefeld. Dating back to the 13th century, the fortress has been reconstructed many times […]

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Visitor centre “harmoniously inserted” into a Canadian forest by Smith Vigeant Architects

Timber surfaces are combined with angled mirrors to help this visitor centre by Smith Vigeant Architects to fit in with its setting in Canada’s Mont-Tremblant National Park (+ slideshow). The Mont-Tremblant National Park Discovery Centre is located in the province of Québec and was designed by Montreal firm Smith Vigeant Architects for an organisation called Sépaq […]

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Bombay Sapphire distillery photographed by Hufton + Crow

These new images by photographers Hufton + Crow reveal the curving details of the two glasshouses at Thomas Heatherwick’s visitor facility for British gin brand Bombay Sapphire (+ slideshow). Located at an old Victorian paper factory in Hampshire, Laverstoke Mill houses a new distillery within renovated brick buildings, while a pair of curved glass greenhouses […]

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