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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Modernist stadium in Cambodia captured in new photos by Virgile Simon Bertrand

These images by French photographer Virgile Simon Bertrand show a concrete stadium in Cambodia, which was designed by architect Vann Molyvann for a Southeast Asian Games that never took place (+ slideshow). The National Olympic Stadium is one of the most famous projects by Molyvann – arguably Cambodia’s most prolific Modernist architect – but it was actually never intended More

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Diamond Schmitt Architects reveals Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts for Texas

Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt Architects has announced the construction of a concert hall dedicated to American musician Buddy Holly on what would have been his 80th birthday (+ slideshow). The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts is to be built in Holly’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas, where he was born Charles Hardin Holley on 7 More

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Eight of the most majestic Modernist-influenced churches in Iceland

Iceland’s dramatic landscape is dotted with equally spectacular religious architecture. Here’s eight of our favourite churches built in the country’s unique style, which take cues from Modernism (+ slideshow). Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík by Guðjón Samúelsson, 1986 Reykjavík’s impressive cathedral was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, one of Iceland’s most notable Modernist architects who worked on a number of More

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Welton Becket’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stars in Kenzo perfume advert

American director Spike Jonze has used an iconic Los Angeles music hall by Modernist architect Welton Becket as the venue for a four-minute perfume advert for French fashion house Kenzo (+ movie). The film for Kenzo’s Le Nouveau Parfum sees actress Margaret Qualley dance expressively in a green dress around the landmark Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, More

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ZAS creates Toronto library with curved walls and slanted windows

Canadian firm ZAS has completed a glass and aluminium-clad public library in suburban Toronto, which has sculptural form influenced by a local rollercoaster (+ slideshow). The Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library is located in Vaughan, a suburban city just north of Toronto. Situated within a civic campus, the 3,306-square-metre building sits along a pedestrian promenade More

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Vector Architects drapes steel mesh to create new entrance to M Woods museum in Beijing

Vector Architects has draped lengths of wire mesh over the entrance to a museum housed in a former warehouse in Beijing (+ slideshow). The local studio was asked to transform the entrance to the M Woods museum in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone, to improve visitor experience and create a stronger visual identity for the building. The small holes in More

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SOM creates Minimalist home for New York’s International Center of Photography

Global firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill used a restrained palette of concrete, steel and glass to create a new home for a photography museum in a once-derelict area of Manhattan (+ slideshow). The International Center of Photography (ICP) is a leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. It formerly was housed in a two-storey space in Midtown More

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Archohm completes wedge-shaped socialism museum in northern India

Architecture firm Archohm has completed a wedge-shaped museum in Lucknow dedicated to the late Indian independence activist Jayaprakash Narayan (+ slideshow). Named Jayaprakash Narayan Interpretation Centre, the building houses a series of exhibitions about the social reformer, best known for leading the opposition to prime minister Indira Gandhi following the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The structure features two triangular More

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California art museum by SO-IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson set to open in November

Construction is almost complete on a new contemporary art museum in Southern California by US studios SO-IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, featuring a massive white aluminium canopy supported by skinny white columns (+ slideshow). Scheduled to open on 13 November, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art – referred to as the Manetti Shrem Museum – is located in the More

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Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh government buildings captured in new images by Benjamin Hosking

World Heritage Corb: for the next instalment in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Australian photographer Benjamin Hosking shares new images of Capitol Complex in Chandigarh – the Indian city that gave the architect a chance to test his Modernist theories on a grand scale (+ slideshow). The Capitol Complex is made up of three concrete More

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Ruined “cultural palace” in Romania revived by architect Vlad Rusu

Romanian architect Vlad Rusu has resurrected a “cultural palace” that was originally built in the 1930s but has sat in ruin for 20 years after being ravaged by fire (+ slideshow). Vlad Rusu won a competition to overhaul the ageing structure in Blaj, a small city in central Romania. The aim was to create a multipurpose space suitable for a wide variety More

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Barozzi Veiga adds gridded concrete extension to Bündner Kunstmuseum

This extension to a Swiss art museum by Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga features gridded concrete facades and subterranean galleries (+ slideshow). Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga – which was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award last year – designed the building to create a new wing for the Bündner Kunstmuseum in the Swiss city of Chur. With the appearance of a gridded More

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OMA and Hassell design New Museum for Western Australia

Architecture firms OMA and Hassell have revealed designs for a major new museum in Perth, Australia, that will slot amongst a series of heritage buildings (+ slideshow). The New Museum for Western Australia will be nearly four times bigger than the now-closed Western Australian Museum, which it will replace. The building will provide 7,000 square meters of exhibition space More

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De Matos Ryan overhauls York Theatre Royal and its 1960s extension

London studio De Matos Ryan has refurbished a historic theatre in York, England, to create more space in both the 18th-century building and its 1960s extension by Modernist architect Patrick Gwynne (+ slideshow). De Matos Ryan oversaw the latest modernisation of the heritage-listed York Theatre Royal, which first opened in 1744 on the site of a former medieval hospital, but has More

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Jim Stephenson photographs Eero Saarinen’s “breathtaking” MIT Chapel

Undulating brick surfaces are concealed behind the smooth, windowless exterior of this chapel by Modernist architect Eero Saarinen, captured in these new images by British photographer Jim Stephenson (+ slideshow). Located on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the MIT Chapel was completed by Finnish-American architect Saarinen in 1955. Externally the building is modest – a cylindrical brick volume with a moat around its More

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FABG renovates and expands Quebec’s Musée d’art de Joliette

Local firm FABG has made major improvements to the Musée d’art de Joliette outside Montreal, restoring the original building and adding three new volumes to the museum (+ slideshow). The Montreal-based firm was tasked with improving and expanding the museum. The original structure – built in 1976 – was in dire need of repairs. Additionally, there More

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Coussée & Goris and RCR Arquitectes use iron-coloured concrete for Belgian crematorium

A+Awards: the next project in our collaboration with Architizer is a tinted concrete and steel crematorium in Holsbeek, Belgium, which was named as one of the winners in the religious buildings and memorials category at the 2016 A+Awards (+ slideshow). Ghent-based Coussée & Goris Architecten teamed up with Spanish firm RCR Arquitectes to win a competition for More

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Alpine chapel designed by Joaquim Portela Arquitetos as a giant light funnel

This proposal for a concrete chapel by Joaquim Portela Arquitetos is designed to reach up towards the sky from its site in the Swiss Alps (+ slideshow). A large skylight set into the top of the angular outcrop is intended to flood the interior of the small Catholic chapel with natural light. Porto-based Joaquim Portela Arquitetos, which has More

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Le Corbusier’s National Museum of Western Art is his only building in the Far East

World heritage Corb: one of French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s lesser-known buildings among the 17 recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is a concrete museum in Tokyo, which holds a collection dedicated to western thought and art. The National Museum of Western Art was built in the mid-19th century and opened in 1959. Originally, the More

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UNESCO adds 17 Le Corbusier projects to World Heritage List

Heritage body UNESCO has added 17 projects by 20th-century French architect Le Corbusier to its list of internationally significant architecture sites, including the Unité d’Habitation housing in Marseille – arguably the most influential Brutalist building of all time (+ slideshow). The 17 architectural sites that have been added to the World Heritage List are spread More

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Mecanoo’s KRONA centre features a light-filled atrium and zigzagging concrete staircases

Dutch firm Mecanoo has completed a library and cultural centre in Kongsberg, Norway, which centres around an atrium with concrete staircases running across its walls and through its centre (+ slideshow). Mecanoo – which was also behind Europe’s largest public library – developed the KRONA Knowledge and Cultural Centre to accommodate a variety of public functions required by the local community. More

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Recycled ice cream tubs cover walls of elevated Microlibrary by Shau

Two thousand ice-cream tubs form the walls of this small community library in Bandung, Indonesia, and some of them have been perforated to display a subtle message (+ slideshow). The Microlibrary was designed by the local office of architecture firm Shau as the first prototype for a series of small libraries it intends to build across Indonesia. Situated in a small public More

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Bordeaux wine museum by XTU Architects features bulging gold-striped body

This huge bulbous building by XTU Architects creates a wine museum on the Bordeaux riverfront (+ slideshow). Open since the end of May, La Cité du Vin is a major new tourist attraction for the French city, boasting cavernous exhibition halls and a 55-metre-high viewing tower. Its bulging body is designed by Paris-based XTU to evoke “perpetual movement”, referencing the action of wine More

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John McAslan to redesign Britain’s largest mosque in south London

John McAslan + Partners is developing new designs for the huge Baitul Futuh Mosque complex in south London, which was damaged by a fire last year. The London studio, led by Scottish architect John McAslan, will completely overhaul the 21,000 square-metre mosque complex in Morden – one of the biggest mosques in Europe. The firm will redesign key areas More

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Albanian photography museum by Casanova + Hernandez features gridded glass walls

Panes of transparent and translucent glass create a gridded facade for this photography museum in Albania by Dutch studio Casanova + Hernandez Architects (+ slideshow). Rotterdam-based Casanova + Hernandez restored and extended an old government-owned building in the city of Shkodër to create the Marubi National Photomuseum. Behind the historic facade of the old building, the architects added a two-storey extension with a gridded glass More

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Shakespearean-style wooden theatre by Studio Andrew Todd opens in France

Towering bamboo poles encase this cylindrical wooden theatre in France, which opened in a fanfare last week, despite suffering vandalism just a few days before (+ slideshow). Designed Paris-based British office Studio Andrew Todd, the Elizabethan theatre is located in the grounds of the historical castle Chateau d’Hardelot near Calais, northern France. Described by the architects as an “incarnation of More

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