Instagrammers capture Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar as it nears completion

Images of Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar in Doha are beginning to emerge on Instagram as the building’s interlocking design nears completion. Inspired by the rose-like formations of crystal that appear in the desert sand, the building is composed of a ring of low-lying and linked pavilions, which encircle a large courtyard area and existing palace.

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Moveable wooden screens are set into concrete facades of Mokyeonri Wood Culture Museum

This museum in Incheon, South Korea, is dedicated to teaching visitors about wood and features moving timber screens that create effects similar to dappled sunlight filtering through trees. Seoul architecture studio Soft Architecture Lab designed the Wood Culture Museum for a site in Incheon Grand Park, where the Korea Forest Service operates a large arboretum.

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BIG creates subterranean museum by carving channels into dune by Nazi bunker

Danish firm BIG has built an “invisible museum” in Blåvand, Denmark, by cutting linear passageways out of the sand dune beside a bunker built by German forces during the second world war. BIG’s design creates new exhibition spaces for the Tirpitz Bunker, which already housed a small museum. The four slender slices channel through the dune beside the bunker,

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Brutalist library in Chicago gets interior update by Woodhouse Tinucci

US firm Woodhouse Tinucci Architects has spruced up reading room in the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library, a 1970s building originally designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Totalling 18,000 square feet (1,672 square metres), the project entailed transforming a ground-level reading room of the brutalist library into a space more suitable for group meetings

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Drone footage captures Zaha Hadid’s mountaintop museum in South Tyrol

This video shot by drone captures the late Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum, which is half buried into the peak of an Alpine mountain in Italy. The footage offers a drone’s eye view of the large volumes of the museum, which appear to burst through the rockface of Mount Kronplatz at 2,275 metres above sea level. Dezeen commissioned videographer Alaïa Fonk to

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Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen drapes Bahrain music centre with mesh curtains

Steel mesh curtains can be lifted to offer glimpses of performances inside this traditional music centre designed by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen for Muharraq Island in Bahrain. Brussels-based Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen was tasked to design a pair of cultural centres for Bahrain – an archipelago of 33 low-lying islands in the Arabian Gulf – as part

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Six Canadian cultural buildings on 150th Canada Day

Today, 1 July 2017, is Canada’s 150th birthday and we’ve pulled together six contemporary cultural buildings in the country to mark the occasion. They include a white granite museum, a music centre of huge towers clad in bronze tiles and a gallery in the forest. Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of The Constitution Act, which amalgamated what was Canada, Nova Scotia, and

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s US Olympic Museum breaks ground

New York architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has released new images of its spiralling US Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, as construction on the project officially starts. First unveiled in 2015, the 5,600-square-metre facility will be the only museum in the US dedicated to the legacy of the country’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. It will feature 1,900 square

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple was the “first expression” of modern architecture

We’re continuing our look back at Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important projects, in celebration the anniversary of the American architect’s 150th birth last week. Next is Unity Temple, the Prairie-style concrete church that he considered to be his first contribution to modern architecture. Wright designed Unity Temple in 1905 for the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Oak Park Unity Church,

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Frank Lloyd Wright subverted typical art-gallery layouts with spiral Guggenheim museum

Our week of celebrating the 150th anniversary of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth by examining his most important projects ends with the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, which he designed as a spiral ramp for viewing avant-garde artwork. The Solomon R Guggenheim, commonly referred to as the Guggenheim, is one of Wright’s most iconic

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Brickwork facade modelled on “abstract menorah” fronts Jewish community centre by Natoma Architects

Stanley Saitowitz’s firm Natoma Architects has created a Hillel House for Philadelphia’s Drexel University, with a red brick facade designed to reference the branched lampstands used in Jewish homes and temples, as well as the striated garments worn during prayer. The Center for Jewish Life – also referred to as a Hillel House – is located

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Bennetts Associates converts Art Deco cinema into cultural centre in northern England

Bennetts Associates has renovated a 1930s cinema and added a brick, frosted-glass and copper extension to create this cultural centre in Chester, England. The British studio carried out the £37 million transformation for the listed Odeon cinema in Chester – a walled city in the northwest of England. A library, cinema, restaurant and cafe are set in the existing

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Peter Zumthor unveils extension plans for Renzo Piano’s Fondation Beyeler in Basel

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has revealed designs for a trio of new buildings at the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler art gallery in Riehen, Basel. At a press conference held at the foundation yesterday, Zumthor presented maquettes and plans for a new gallery in addition to administrative and events spaces, which will be arranged around mature trees in a previously

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Jamie Fobert’s cliffside extension to Tate St Ives nears completion

Work is almost complete on a sunken extension to the Tate’s seaside art gallery in St Ives, Cornwall, which is set to open to the public later this year. The extension by Jamie Fobert Architects will double the size of Tate St Ives gallery, which overlooks the Atlantic sea from a cliff in Cornwall, southwest England. The aim of

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Mountain landscapes inform peaked roof of NBBJ’s Nanjing exhibition centre

Skylights top eight angular peaks on the roof of this exhibition centre in the Chinese city of Nanjing by architecture firm NBBJ, funnelling natural light down into the interior. The Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Centre was designed by NBBJ as part of a masterplan that will see an island in the Yangtze River transformed into a sustainable park and

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Kengo Kuma unveils stacked wooden box design for Turkish art museum

Kengo Kuma & Associates has revealed plans to create a modern art museum in a former wood market in Turkey, which will be made up of cluster of slatted timber blocks. The Japanese studio led by Kengo Kuma is designing the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum to host a large collection of Turkish modern art in Eskishehr, a university town in the northwest of the

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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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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to design British Library extension

British firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been appointed to design a new research centre for the British Library in London. The 9,290-square-metre extension will occupy a 11,000-square-metre site to the north of the Grade I-listed library building, which was designed by Colin St John Wilson in the 1960s and stands beside St Pancras train station. The research centre will

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Sledding path to loop around roof garden of Beijing civic centre by Andrew Bromberg

An undulating path will curve around the roof garden of this Beijing shopping centre by American architect Andrew Bromberg, and be covered in a layer of fake snow for sledding in winter. Hong Kong-based Bromberg of architectural firm Aedas, designed the Phase 3C building for the China World Trade Center complex in Chaoyang, the city’s central business district. The building is the fifth

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Bahá’í temple in Chile by Hariri Pontarini features torqued wings made of steel and glass

Sufi whirling dancers and Japanese bamboo baskets were among the references for this sculptural temple in Chile by Hariri Pontarini Architects. The Bahá’í Temple of South America is located just outside of Santiago, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. “Nestled in the rolling topography of the mountains and surrounded by reflecting pools and a landscape

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Translucent panels create glowing facade for São Paulo gallery by Metro

Polycarbonate panels run along the base of this gallery in São Paulo by local architects Metro, flooding the space with natural light during the day and transmitting light from within at night. Casa Triângulo exists as a single, large volume: a big white box with the weight of the concrete visually relieved by the panelled window at the base. Metro collaborated with

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Copenhagen’s Experimentarium features a helical staircase and cladding based on fluid dynamics

Danish studio CEBRA has redesigned a science centre in Copenhagen, adding a shimmering copper-clad staircase that represents the structure of a DNA strand. CEBRA won an international competition in 2011 to oversee the refurbishment of the Experimentarium, which seeks to engage with young people and showcase the wonders of science. The building is located in the

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Renzo Piano completes stilted art gallery on Santander waterfront

Thousands of shimmering ceramic discs cover the stilted volumes of Renzo Piano’s Centro Botín art gallery, which stands on the docks in the Spanish city of Santander. The Centro Botín is Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s first building in Spain, and is part of a wider redevelopment of Santander’s Pereda Gardens. It occupies a former ferry car park in a newly created piece of the park,

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RIBA set to open dockside architecture centre in Liverpool this June

RIBA has revealed its new Broadway Malyan-designed architecture centre for northern England, which opens on Liverpool’s waterfront this summer. RIBA North will be the Royal Institute of British Architects’ first centre for architecture outside of London, where it is based at 66 Portland Place. “At RIBA North, we have a building with museum conditions which will offer a magnificent opportunity to

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Pleated shutters enclose cylindrical enamelware museum and cultural centre by Wutopia Lab

Perforated-aluminium screens zigzag around the walls of this cylindrical arts museum in Shanghai, which was designed by Wutopia Lab and features a 1970s-style rockery.  Local architecture studio Wutopia Lab was asked to create the museum for the former manager of an enamelware factory, who wanted a space to showcase Chinese craft products – including metalware decorated with elaborate enamel patterns. In response,

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OMA completes industrial-style exhibition centre in old Shanghai shipyard

OMA has completed an events centre on a former shipyard in Shanghai, which features a mesh facade and an exposed steel structure intended to reference the hulls of boats once built there. OMA designed the The Lujiazui Harbour City Exhibition Centre to host a range of activities like film screenings, fashion shows, and concerts within Shanghai’s Pudong financial district. Located on

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IM Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art captured in new photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li

These photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li show the monumental form of IM Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art, eight years after the building completed in Doha, Qatar. New York-based Jazzy Li captures both the exterior and interior of the museum, which Pritzker Prize-winning architect IM Pei, 99, designed for artificial island on the Arabian Gulf just off

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Rudy Ricciotti sinks Rivesaltes Memorial Museum in furrow at former French military camp

This museum on the site of a former French military and internment camp near Perpignan comprises a 240-metre-long concrete block with large openings puncturing its gently inclined roof. The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum was designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and completed in 2015. It is among the five finalists for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The

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Bernardo Bader completes tiny wooden chapel with pointy wooden roof in western Austria

The steeply pitched roof of this shingled chapel by Bernardo Bader Architects provides a dramatic worship space, which narrows towards a small window facing a grassy hillside in western Austria. The Dornbirn-based practice designed Chapel Salgenreute for a spot next to the Krumbacher moor in Austria’s Vorarlberg state. It replaces an old chapel that had occupied the site for 200 years. Set

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Steyn Studio’s chapel frames dramatic views of South African countryside below its sinuous roof

A bright white canopy undulates above the glazed walls of this chapel outside Cape Town, framing views right through it to scenic mountains, vineyards and pomegranate orchards. UK practice Steyn Studio worked with South African studio TV3 Architects to design the Bosjes Chapel, which is located on the Bosjes Farm in South Africa’s picturesque Witzenberg district. The surface of the cast-concrete roof rises

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Daylight filters in through the roof and walls of Bangladeshi mosque by Marina Tabassum

A colonnade, a group of light wells and perforated brickwork allow light and air to reach the prayer hall of this mosque in Dhaka, which is one of winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016. Bait Ur Rouf Mosque was designed by local architect Marina Tabassum for a site in a densely populated neighbourhood of the

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Córdoba Cultural Centre features an undulating roof that people can walk across

A twisting tower signals the presence of this cultural centre and historical archive in Spanish city Córdoba, which features a huge sloping public square on its roof. The proposal for the regeneration of a site in Córdoba’s Sarmiento Park is the result of a collaboration between architects Ivan Castaneda, Juan Salassa and Santiago Tissot of STC Arquitectos,

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DeciBel proposes “lotus-like” theatre and cultural centre for Hanoi

Australian architecture studio DeciBel has unveiled plans for a cultural complex in Hanoi, featuring six bulb-like structures to reference a floating lotus flower. The centre named Hanoi Lotus will be set among ponds and parkland, and is proposed as part of an expansion of arts and cultural buildings in the Vietnamese capital. The multifunctional theatre and performance space hosts an

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Lundgaard & Tranberg’s tile-clad building shelters medieval ruins in Denmark

A huge clay-tile roof envelops the remnants of a 12th-century monastery in this project by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, which is one of the nominees for this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award. The Copenhagen firm placed the Kannikegården building over the 1,000-year-old ruins in Ribe, Denmark, which lie to one side of the city’s square. Both the walls and the roof are

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Cultural and religious complex in Iran features roof shaped like interlocking fingers

A+Awards: this community centre and mosque in Tehran by Kalout Architecture Studio, which won a 2016 Architizer A+Award, is designed to look like linking hands. The Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex is located in the cultural district of the Iranian capital, which has seen a recent boom in contemporary architecture thanks to the lifting

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Kengo Kuma’s V&A museum takes shape in Dundee

The V&A museum has released a movie and photographs showing how far construction has progressed on its new Kengo Kuma-designed outpost in Dundee. Set to become Scotland’s first design museum, the V&A Museum of Design Dundee is being built on the River Tay. It will be the only UK outpost of the successful London institution. Japanese architect Kengo

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Allied Works Architecture creates massive music centre for downtown Calgary

Covering two city blocks, Canada’s National Music Centre comprises towering volumes clad in bronze-hued tiles and a refurbished historic brick building. The centre, called Studio Bell, is located in Calgary, a city in the western province of Alberta. Dedicated to Canadian music, the centre houses a 300-seat concert hall and exhibition space totalling 22,000 square feet (2,044

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Peruvian archaeology museum by Barclay & Crousse replaces another destroyed by earthquake

Red pigmented concrete provides the geometric forms of this archaeology museum in Peru, designed by Barclay & Crousse to replace another destroyed during an earthquake. The Museo de Sitio Julio C Tello stands at the entrance to the Paracas National Reserve, on exactly the same site as its predecessor, which was ruined during an earthquake in

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OMA’s Qatar National Library nears completion in Doha

The angular concrete form of the OMA-designed Qatar National Library in Doha has been photographed by several Instagram users, ahead of its imminent completion. The Qatar National Library was originally intended to complete in 2015, but had to be pushed back. It is now anticipated to open this year. A photo posted by Nick Guttridge (@nickguttridge) on

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s unbuilt Trinity Chapel is realised in images by David Romero

An unbuilt chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been realised in these colour visualisations by architect David Romero, featuring red walkways, a green shingle spire and stained-glass windows. The images of Trinity Chapel form part of Romero’s Hooked on the Past series that visualise the buildings of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, including the demolished Larkin Administration Building

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Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers share Centre Pompidou photographs on 40th anniversary

Archive photography from the offices of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers shows the dramatic inside-out form of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which is celebrating its 40th birthday. One of the most famous examples of the high-tech style, the Centre Pompidou was assembled from a kit of huge prefabricated steel parts. Over 15,000 tonnes of steel were used in

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Foster, Adjaye and Libeskind shortlisted for UK Holocaust memorial

David Adjaye, Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and Daniel Libeskind are among the ten shortlisted teams competing to design the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial in London.  The shortlist for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was revealed earlier today – Holocaust Memorial Day. The ten contending teams are: British firms Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects; Zaha Hadid

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Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre captured in new photographs

Large tunnels carve through Tadao Ando’s concrete and glass theatre in Shanghai, which has been documented in these new images by architecture photographer Yueqi Li. The Poly Grand Theatre is located between two man-made waterways in Jiading district, 12 miles northwest of Shanghai’s centre, and is accompanied by a housing and office tower, also designed

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Philip Johnson’s Interfaith Peace Chapel vandalised in Dallas

A Philip Johnson-designed chapel in Dallas, Texas, has been defaced with graffiti. Police were called to the Interfaith Peace Chapel on 5 January 2017 after the graffiti was discovered on three panels of its pale external walls. Sprayed in black were a Louisiana phone number, a reference to a “brown chivy suburbin” car, the words

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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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Copper covers walls and roof of Finnish chapel by OOPEAA

Shimmering, multi-tonal copper clads the entire exterior of this chapel in Finland, designed by architecture firm OOPEAA. Located in Espoo, a city just west of Helsinki, the Suvela Chapel was designed by OOPEAA principal Anssi Lassila to provide a hub for the neighbourhood, as a venue for both religious and community events. Copper panels clad all of the exterior walls, as well as a large roof

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MX_SI and Mestres Wåge Arquitectes to transform 1930s silo into art gallery in Norway

Barcelona-based studios MX_SI and Mestres Wåge Arquitectes have won a competition to covert a 1930s silo into an art museum and cultural centre in Norway. The Kunstsilo contest called for proposals to transform the Odderøya grain silo, which was built in 1935 on the wharf Silokaia in Kristiansand – a city in the southern county of Vest-Agder. It stands

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Drones offer fly-through preview of Herzog de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

For those who can’t wait for the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to open next month, creative agency Jung von Matt has released an interactive movie tour of the building filmed by drones. Jung von Matt worked with producers Simon & Paul to create the movie tour of the opera house – a building designed by Swiss architects office Herzog & Meuron.

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Snøhetta adds crinkled stainless-steel extension to 1960s museum in Norway

Snøhetta has extended the Lillehammer Art Museum and Cinema in Norway with a cantilevering cube covered in a layer of crinkled and polished stainless steel. The extension is the second addition Snøhetta has created for the Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehamer Cinema, having previously created an exhibition space for the 1960s building by Norwegian architect Erling Viksjø 22 years ago. The firm’s new

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Board-marked concrete and pleated wood surfaces line cultural centre in 17th-century chapel

Architects Héctor Fernández Elorza and Manuel Fernández Ramírez have transformed a dilapidated chapel in Spain into a cultural centre by inserting a shell made of board-marked concrete. The Spanish architects were tasked with converting the rundown Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre into a flexible community space for Jarandilla, a village in the province of Cáceres Jarandilla de la Vera. The 100-metre-square

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Concrete art gallery and studio in Bangkok features four-storey atrium

Thai studio ASWA has placed a four-storey atrium with a huge gridded skylight at the centre of this concrete art gallery and studio in Bangkok. Local studio ASWA, which stands for Architectural Studio of Work-Aholic, designed the building for an artist who wanted a series of galleries and studios that maintained privacy from the outside world. Made of reinforced concrete slabs,

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Gonzalez Hinz Zabala to design new Bauhaus Museum Dessau

Barcelona architecture firm Gonzalez Hinz Zabala has been selected to design the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau, seeing off competition from New York practice Young & Ayata. Gonzalez Hinz Zabala and Young & Ayata drew for first place in the international competition in 2015, which aimed to attract up-and-coming firms. The winning design features expanses of glazing and an exposed framework.

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Jean-Marc Bonfils reinterprets traditional Lebanese architecture with East Village apartment tower

This apartment block and art gallery in Beirut combines traditional timber and stone cladding with a vertical garden and a bright-red balcony that cantilevers from one of its facades. Local architect Jean-Marc Bonfils designed the East Village complex for gallerist Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, whose Galerie Tanit occupies the ground floor. During the development process, Bonfils suggested

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Coop Himmelb(l)au combines flat and curving forms at huge Shenzhen art complex

Triangular facets of stone and shimmering glass provide the irregular form of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition, which is now complete in Shenzhen. The Austrian studio led by architect Wolf D Prix designed the pair of museums known as MOCAPE for the new Futian Cultural District of the city in southeast China. The firm won

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John Pawson converts WW2 bunkers into museum of Southeast Asian art in Berlin

Architectural designer John Pawson has transformed a pair of second world war telecommunication bunkers into an art and furniture museum in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood. The Feuerle Collection is a private museum hosting the contemporary art, Imperial Chinese furniture, and ancient Southeast Asian art collections of Désiré Feuerle. Pawson’s first major project in Berlin, it features exhibition spaces with the designer’s

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Snøhetta’s King Abdelaziz Center for World Culture nears completion

New photographs reveal the pebble-shaped forms of Snøhetta’s cultural centre in Saudi Arabia, which is nearing completion ahead of its slated opening date in 2017. Snøhetta won a competition for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in the city of Dhahran in 2007, and began construction the following year. Designed for the Saudi oil company Aramco, the cultural centre

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London’s new Design Museum by John Pawson and OMA unveiled

John Pawson and OMA have completed the Design Museum’s new £83-million London home, which is set to open next week at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington. Dutch architecture practice OMA worked with London firm Allies and Morrison, and Arup engineers to restore the shell of the 1960s Grade II*-listed building in west London – including

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Mirrors reflect arched openings and steps inside wooden auditorium by Penda

Penda has set this auditorium for a Beijing art museum inside a wooden box, which features arched openings, and mirrors that reflect endless iterations of its curved cutaways.  Beijing- and Vienna-based Penda designed the Hongkun Art Auditorium to host lectures, readings, exhibitions and art sales. It is located on the outskirts of the city, next door to the Hongkun Museum of Fine Art, which

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Herzog & de Meuron to extend Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has revealed its competition-winning plans to extend the Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, creating a new museum for 20th-century art. The Museum of the 20th Century will be connected to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 1968 Neue Nationalgalerie building via an underground tunnel. Located at Berlin’s

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Arched walkway wraps Muslim centre near Beijing by He Jingtang

A colonnade of petal-shaped arches creates an illuminated walkway around the perimeter of this Muslim cultural centre designed by Chinese architect He Jingtang. The Dachang Muslim Cultural Center was commissioned by the local government for the Muslim community of Dachang County, which is located to the east of Beijing in China’s Hebei Province. Designed by architect He Jingtang, the 35,000-square-metre building is

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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils wetland preservation centre for Saudi Arabia

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed its winning design for the Urban Heritage Administration Centre, a preservation centre for a UNESCO-protected oasis in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The 8,780-square-metre building designed by British firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) will contain facilities dedicated to protect the Wadi Hanifah valley, a 120-kilometre-long wetland that cuts through the city of Diriyah. Animation by Methanoia It will include

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Dramatic folded canopy shelters riverside terrace of MX_SI Architects’ auditorium in Spain

A huge canopy extends from one side of this auditorium in the Spanish province of Córdoba and folds over a riverside terrace, encouraging visitors to loiter around before and after performances. Barcelona-based MX_SI Architects designed the Municipal Auditorium to host performances and exhibitions in the town of Lucena. The architects’ aim was to create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that have flexible

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Carquero Arquitectura restores ancient Matrera Castle with contemporary elements

A+Awards: Spanish firm Carquero Arquitectura received a 2016 Architizer A+Award for this restoration of a crumbling hilltop castle near Cádiz. After standing for around 1,000 years, Matrera Castle partially collapsed following a long period of abandonment, leaving only a couple of walls remaining. Carquero Arquitectura was tasked with rebuilding the monument to reinforce the existing structure and More

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Álvaro Siza Vieira uses white concrete for Nadir Afonso Foundation in northern Portugal

Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira has built a linear, white concrete art museum that runs parallel to the Tâmega river in Chaves, Portugal (+ slideshow). The €9 million (£7.75 million) Nadir Afonso Foundation is named after the painter, architect and philosopher Nadir Afonso (1920-2013), who was born in the city. Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira designed the sprawling 2,768-square-metre building using white concrete for the structure, More

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São Paulo’s Galeria Millan opens new exhibition gallery with huge sliding doors

Twelve years after designing the Galeria Millan exhibition space in São Paulo, architects Sérgio Kipnis and Fernando Millan have added an annex that reveals its contents to the street. Located in a residential district of the city, Galeria Millan describes itself as one of the most important galleries in Brazil, and has hosted works from artists such More

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Estonia’s wedge-shaped national museum opens on former Soviet airbase

A 350-metre-long glass block ramps up from the runway of a former soviet airfield near the city of Tartu to form the Estonian National Museum, which officially opens to the public today (+ slideshow). Designed by Paris architecture office Dorell Ghotmeh Tane (DGT), the museum boasts a huge slanted roof that is designed as an extension of the old runway, located More

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First photographs revealed of Amanda Levete’s MAAT museum in Lisbon

Photos have been released of the undulating, tile-covered Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology by Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A, ahead of its opening in Lisbon next week (+ slideshow). The MAAT is set to open 5 October 2016 – coinciding with the start of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The building is the first phase of a new contemporary art gallery designed More

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Toyo Ito’s Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan nears completion

These new photographs reveal the cavernous form of an opera house by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, which is taking shape in the Taiwanese city Taichung (+ slideshow). Taichung Metropolitan Opera House by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito is expected to open later this year. These shots taken by Lucas K Doolan, a New Zealand photographer currently working in Taiwan, were taken during a More

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Zaha Hadid’s Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre nears completion

These new photographs reveal a vast cultural complex by Zaha Hadid Architects, which is reaching its final stages of construction in the Chinese city Nanjing (+ slideshow). Singaporean photographer Khoo Guo Jie visited the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre ahead of its completion later this year. The 465,000-square-metre complex was designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the riverfront of Hexi New Town More

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Awadh Shilpgram is a crafts hub influenced by traditional Indian architecture

Architecture studio Archohm has completed a campus for promoting crafts in the Indian city of Lucknow, featuring a cluster of grass-roofed workshops and a spiralling shopping arcade (+ slideshow). Awadh Shilpgram was designed by Archohm to accommodate almost 200 shops dedicated to crafts from around the region and beyond, alongside craft courts for hosting workshops, an More

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