MAD and Studio Gang reveal concept design for George Lucas’ Chicago art museum

News: Beijing firm MAD and Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects have unveiled the initial design for an art museum on Chicago’s lakefront, which will house the collection of American film director George Lucas. The two firms were selected by Star Wars creator George Lucas in July to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) and […]

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Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 Modernism Prize

News: the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for preservation of a modern landmark has been given to a Finnish committee responsible for restoring architect Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia (+ slideshow). The Viipuri Library was built between 1927 and 1935 in what was then the Finnish city of Viipuri, and has been restored […]

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Work starts on Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox Church on World Trade Center site

News: work has begun on a Greek Orthodox Church designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to replace a building that was destroyed by the collapse of New York’s World Trade Center buildings on 9/11. Santiago Calatrava has designed the Saint Nicholas National Shrine building for the Greek Orthodox Church, which will occupy a site at 130 […]

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MX_SI’s addition to the Serlachius Museum Gösta has a stripy facade based on an “abstract forest”

Spanish studio MX_SI added vertical wooden mullions to the exterior of this museum extension in Mänttä, Finland, to evoke the trunks of trees in the surrounding park (+ slideshow). MX_SI won a competition in 2011 to design a new wing for the Contemporary Art Museum Gösta Serlachius with a proposal for a building with a timber frame […]

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Visitors to Henning Larsen’s Moesgaard Museum can walk over its grassy sloping roof

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects designed this wedge-shaped museum near Aarhus with a planted roof that rises from the sloping landscape to create a site for picnics in summer and sledging in winter (+ slideshow). The new home for the Moesgaard Museum was conceived by Henning Larsen Architects to house a collection dedicated to prehistory […]

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Li Xiaodong wins inaugural Moriyama Prize for “modest” Liyuan Library

News: Chinese architect Li Xiaodong has become the first recipient of the Moriyama Prize – a new award launched by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and architect Raymond Moriyama to rival the Pritzker and Stirling prizes. Launched earlier this year, the CAD$100,000 (£55,000) Moriyama Prize is one of the highest value award in architecture […]

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ALA’s Kuopio City Theatre extension features a crinkled facade

Crinkled fibre-cement panels clad the facade of this theatre extension by Finnish studio ALA Architects in the city of Kuopio, complementing the concrete exterior of the original 1960s building (+ slideshow). The faceted facade of Kuopio City Theatre’s new extension was chosen by ALA to echo the white concrete panels on the original building, which the architects […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Canadian library mimics the angular roofs of its neighbours

Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has completed a public library in Edmonton, Canada, with a metallic facade and large windows designed to draw visitors inside (+ slideshow). The new Highlands Branch Library was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen and local firm Marshall Tittemore Architects to replace the community’s original library, which dated back to 1962, and […]

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Garden chapel by AZL Architects features semi-transparent walls and a butterfly roof

Vertical lengths of timber mask the interior of this chapel designed by AZL Architects in eastern China, which features a distinctive V-shaped roof (+ slideshow). Chinese studio AZL Architects designed Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel for a riverbank site in Wanjing Garden, a park in the city of Nanjing, where it hosts weddings and other religious services. […]

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Brutalist buildings: National Theatre, London by Denys Lasdun

Brutalism: Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre – one of London’s best-known and most divisive Brutalist buildings – is a layered concrete landscape that Prince Charles once described as being like “a nuclear power station”. Completed in 1976, the Royal National Theatre stands on the South Bank of the Thames, just downstream of Waterloo bridge. It is formed […]

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Spiny gallery extension by 5468796 named Future Project of the Year 2014

World Architecture Festival 2014: a proposal by Canadian firm 5468796 for an art gallery with a spiny exterior has won the title Future Project of the Year 2013 at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. Working in collaboration with Number TEN Architectural Group, 5468796 designed the building for a competition that asked designers to envision a […]

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