Thomas Heatherwick to transform London’s Olympia into “world-leading” cultural hub

Thomas Heatherwick is to completely overhaul of the Olympia events centre in west London, creating a hotel, a theatre and suite of new entertainment venues within the Victorian exhibition hall. Heatherwick Studio is working with London-based architectural practice SPPARC on the overhaul the Olympia London venue in Kensington. In addition to the hotel and theatre, the duo are expected to

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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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Thomas Heatherwick reveals Zeitz MOCAA art galleries carved out of Cape Town grain silo

Thomas Heatherwick has created South Africa’s biggest art museum – by hollowing out the inside of a historic grain silo building. Described by the British designer as “the world’s tubiest building”, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, is set to become the world’s most important exhibition space for African art. It

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Flansburgh Architects takes cues from wooden barns for dance studio in the Berkshires

American firm Flansburgh Architects has created a studio building for a performing arts campus in rural Massachusetts that is wrapped in warm-coloured wood and bands of glass. The Perles Family Studio is part of the Jacob’s Pillow dance campus in the small, bucolic town of Becket – situated in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts. Each summer,

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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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Baynes and Mitchell creates museum complex within historic buildings of Chatham Dockyard

A pointy black entrance building has been added to the historic dockyards of Chatham, England, as part of a major expansion of the local nautical museum – one of six projects in the running for this year’s Stirling Prize. London studio Baynes and Mitchell Architects was employed by Historic Dockyard Chatham to overhaul its site on the River Medway in Kent, creating

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Ghana’s “UFO-like” National Theatre photographed by Julien Lanoo

French photographer Julien Lanoo took these images of the National Theatre of Ghana built in Accra in the early 90s, which features smooth, white volumes elevated above the surrounding streetscape. Lanoo has travelled to Ghana regularly in recent years to photograph or film architectural projects including an eco lodge in Cape Three Points and a children’s hospital in

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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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New photographs show Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi approaching completion

The huge metal dome topping French architect Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi has been captured in new images, which have emerged on Twitter ahead of the building’s completion. French Ambassador to the UAE Ludovic Pouille shared the photographs of the museum on twitter during a visit to the museum last week. The photographs capture the most striking feature

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Atelier Štěpán completes cylindrical white church in the Czech Republic

Windows appear to have been carved out of the curving walls of this cylindrical church in the Czech Republic, designed by Brno-based studio Atelier Štěpán. Atelier Štěpán designed the Church of St Wenceslas for Sazovice, a village in the Zlín Region that had wanted a new church since before the second world war. The studio based its design on the

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HASA Architects converts derelict glasshouses into events space in Highgate

Birch plywood panels form partitions, platforms and furniture inside these greenhouses at a former garden centre in Highgate, north London, converted into an events and exhibition space by local practice HASA Architects. The six glasshouses, which terrace down the gently sloping site, once formed part of the Capital Gardens garden centre in Highgate Bowl. It was bought by

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First photographs emerge of Fumihiko Maki’s V&A-backed design museum in Shenzhen

These construction shots offer a first glimpse of the new Shenzhen design museum designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, which is opening later this year and will include a new Chinese outpost for the V&A museum. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect first unveiled the model for the design museum back in 2014. Originally called the Shekou Museum, after the former

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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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Cooke Fawcett’s rooftop observatory gives views of London’s skyline from above a Peckham car park

Architecture studio Cooke Fawcett has built an elevated walkway atop a multi-storey car park in south London, a space that is also used as an open-air gallery by arts organisation Bold Tendencies. Called the Peckham Observatory, the steel-framed structure stands like a table over the entrance to the rooftop, which is also the venue of Frank’s Cafe – a campari bar covered by

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Elding Oscarson creates “slightly bent” weathering steel extension to Lund’s Skissernas Museum

Architecture studio Elding Oscarson has added a Corten steel extension to the Skissernas Museum in Lund, Sweden, designed to open the building up to the adjacent sculpture park. Founded in 1934, the Skissernas Museum is part of Lund University and houses the world’s largest archive of works documenting the artistic process. The Lund-based museum is made up of a large cluster

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Christ & Gantenbein’s concrete extension to National Museum Zurich photographed by Rory Gardiner

British photographer Rory Gardiner took these shots of Christ & Gantenbein’s angular concrete extension to the National Museum Zurich when it was bathed in late winter sunlight. Gardiner visited Zurich in early March to shoot the new wing Christ & Gantenbein designed for the museum, which houses the largest collection of cultural and historical items in Switzerland. The Basel architecture practice selected raw concrete for the extension, which opened last summer, to

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Louis Kahn’s floating concert hall may go to scrap

A stainless steel barge that American architect Louis Kahn designed to host orchestral concerts will be scrapped at a Louisiana shipyard, unless it finds a new owner by the end of the month. Kahn designed the Point Counterpoint II for his friend and conductor Robert Austin Boudreau, and the Pennsylvania-based American Symphony Orchestra, who use the boat to travel America’s

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Tilted red tower marks entrance to Polish war museum by Kwadrat

An angled tower wrapped in red concrete panels and glazing contains the entrance to this second world war museum, which is mostly housed beneath the surface of a public plaza in the Polish city of Gdansk. A jury headed by Daniel Libeskind awarded Studio Architektoniczne Kwadrat the project for the Museum of the Second World War

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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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Studio Morison installs origami-like “pineapple” in Berrington Hall’s 18th-century garden

Artistic duo Studio Morison has erected a pink pavilion shaped like an origami pineapple in the centre of the 18th-century walled garden of the Berrington Hall country estate in Herefordshire, England. Local artists Heather and Ivan Morison were asked to design a contemporary structure that would attract visitors and kickstart fundraising for the restoration of Berrington Hall’s walled garden. The construction

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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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Royal Academy of Arts announces new architecture gallery as part of Chipperfield renovation

David Chipperfield’s renovation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London will now include a permanent exhibition space for architecture thanks to a seven-figure donation, it was announced today. Chipperfield’s refurbishment of the Burlington Gardens building, which is located to the rear of the Royal Academy’s main entrance off Piccadilly, is set to complete next year to coincide

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Tadao Ando to convert Paris stock exchange into art gallery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has revealed his plans to convert Paris’ Bourse de Commerce building into a museum that will host one of the world’s largest contemporary art collections. Ando was commissioned to create the gallery within the heritage-listed building by French businessman François Pinault, who will use the space to host his collection of contemporary artworks known

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Sex shop converted into tiny Japanese art gallery by Persimmon Hills Architects

Persimmon Hills Architects has transformed an illegal sex shop into a a dramatic wedge-shaped micro-studio and gallery space in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. Measuring just 20 square metres, the space named Cut is designed for an artist in residence as an extension of the annual open-air art festival, Koganecho Bazaar. “Koganecho has art everywhere during an

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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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Innauer-Matt Architekten’s tiny Alpine chapel features a steep shingle-clad roof

Five years after an avalanche destroyed a chapel belonging to a group of farmers in the Austrian alps, local firm Innauer-Matt Architekten has completed a replacement featuring a steeply pitched roof and concrete walls inset with flat stones. The chapel is located in the Bregenzerwald valley in western Austria, where the transhumance farming method is

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LA officials unanimously approve George Lucas museum in “slam dunk” decision

The museum proposed by filmmaker George Lucas could finally come to fruition now Los Angeles city officials have given it the go-ahead. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art received unanimous approval from LA’s City Council on Tuesday, after years of struggling to find a home. “It’s going to be a slam dunk,” said mayor Eric

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Stanton Williams completes renovation of Beaux-Arts museum in Nantes with stone and marble extension

London firm Stanton Williams has renovated and extended the Musée d’arts de Nantes, adding a series of extensions including a monolithic structure wrapped in stone and translucent marble to the Beaux-Arts building. Stanton Williams was awarded the project to oversee the modernisation of the museum in 2009, with a proposal that involved introducing several contemporary interventions alongside

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AL_A completes tile-covered entrance and subterranean gallery for London’s V&A museum

Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A have completed a new porcelain-tiled entrance and underground exhibition hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter comprises an alternative entrance to the museum, as well as extra gallery space and a courtyard. The £54.5 million scheme by Levete’s London-based firm, which was first announced back in

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Glowing gold extension added to Winchester university chapel by Design Engine

The gothic-revival chapel at the University of Winchester, England, has been “returned to its former glory”, following a renovation and extension by local architecture studio Design Engine. Design Engine carried out a complete restoration of Winton Chapel, which was originally built in 1880 in the Hampshire town, and today serves as a venue for events ranging from

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RIBA North architecture centre opens on Liverpool’s Mann Island

The new Broadway Malyan-designed RIBA North has opened its doors on the Liverpool Waterfront in northern England, with an exhibition of architectural drawings of unbuilt proposals for the city.  The London-based studio created the Mann Island centre as a space for the public to discover more about architecture through an exhibitions, talks and tours programme, and it also hosts a café 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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Olson Kundig set to overhaul Seattle Space Needle

American firm Olson Kundig Architects has unveiled plans to renovate the Space Needle observation tower in Seattle by adding slanted glass balustrades and a rotating glass floor. Called the Century Project, the $100 million (approximately £78 million) renovation aims to preserve and modernise the 184-metre-high tower, a historic landmark on Seattle’s skyline that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle

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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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Sloping black volumes penetrate public square at Harbin’s Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences

A tilted and fractured black box that emerges from a public square in the Chinese city of Harbin contains display areas dedicated to telling the story of war crimes committed during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. The Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences is located on the site of the ruined barracks used by Unit 731

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Pitched roofs and wooden slats characterise Audain Art Museum by Patkau Architects

This angular museum in the forest was completed by Canadian firm Patkau Architects to house a private collector’s artwork, and creates an elevated promenade through the trees that leads to various gallery spaces. The Audain Art Museum is located in the town of Whistler, one of British Columbia’s most popular ski resorts. Covering 56,000 square

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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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Steven Holl’s curvy-roofed addition to Houston arts museum breaks ground

Construction has begun on a new building by American architect Steven Holl for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which will provide a new entry point to the campus. The ground-breaking ceremony for the 164,000-square-foot (15,200-square-metre) Nancy and Rich Kinder building took place 1 June 2017. It is the second of two structures that New York-based

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Foster and Heatherwick complete Shanghai theatre with curtain-like facade

Images have emerged of a new arts and culture centre by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, which forms part of a new financial quarter the two firms are building on Shanghai’s waterfront. The Fosun Foundation is the centrepiece of the Bund Finance Center, a new mixed-use complex designed by Norman Foster’s architecture firm and Thomas Heatherwick’s

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Swiss architecture students design and build wooden events pavilion beneath Zurich overpass

Two hundred architecture students from a Lausanne university designed and built this events pavilion in Zurich, using lengths of timber to create a towering staircase, undulating seating and projection screens. Conceived by first-year students taking part in Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace (ALICE) – a summer workshop at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – the 240-square-metre structure was erected under an overpass in the Swiss

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is an early example of Mayan Revival architecture

In celebration of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday this week, we’re looking back at five of his most pioneering projects. Next up is the Hollyhock House, which was influenced by the style of seventh-century Mayan temples. Located in the East Hollywood neighbourhood of Los Angeles, Hollyhock House was completed between 1919 and 1921. As Wright’s first house

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Photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li provide first look at Ole Scheeren’s Guardian Arts Center in Beijing

These new photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li reveal the “pixelated” forms of the Guardian Arts Center by Büro Ole Scheeren as it nears completion in Beijing. Scheeren’s architecture firm unveiled the new headquarters for the country’s oldest art auction house, China Guardian, in mid-2015. Conceived as the world’s first major museum and auction house hybrid, the arts centre provides two large auction halls, as

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Caruso St John’s Liverpool Philharmonic Hall refurbishment revives an art deco masterpiece

Architecture firm Caruso St John has been named among the winners of the 2017 RIBA Regional Awards for its renovation and extension of Herbert Rowse’s art deco Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The British architecture firm completed the project in 2015, around the same time as its Stirling Prize-winning gallery for Damien Hirst and Larry Gagosian’s third and largest

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Construction starts on David Adjaye’s crimson concrete art museum in Texas

The red concrete art museum that British architect David Adjaye designed for the Linda Pace Foundation is now under construction in San Antonio, Texas. First unveiled in late 2015, the two-storey, 14,000-square-foot (4,300 square metres) building will create a major gallery for the US charity, which boasts a collection of over 800 pieces of contemporary art. It will feature a striking

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MoMA unveils first phase of major overhaul by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed the first stage of its renovation of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and has revealed details of its plans to extend into Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 residential tower. The US studio is working with global firm Gensler on the project that will increase MoMA’s gallery space by 30 per cent, as well as improving circulation and offering

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Snøhetta set to overhaul former paper mill to offer views of Oregon waterfall

Snøhetta has unveiled its plans to transform an abandoned paper mill blocking a view of Oregon City’s Willamette Falls and waterfront into a cultural complex looped by an elevated pathway. Located on the Willamette River, The Riverwalk will open up views of Willamette Falls – North America’s second largest waterfall in volume – that haven’t been accessible for 150 years.

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Rounded walls and textured surfaces lend Chinese museum appearance of a “stone rolled down from the mountain”

Dramatic curved walls and roofs incorporate skylights and wonky windows that provide views of the nearby mountains from inside this museum near the Chinese city of Ürümqi. DongZhuang-Building Museum of Western Regions is located in the Tuoli Township, around 30 kilometres from the capital of the Xinjiang region in northwest China. The building was designed

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Jestico + Whiles converts town hall into student halls with iridescent tile-covered theatre

Southwark Town Hall in south London has been renovated and repurposed to accommodate student housing and a mixed-use arts hub, including a theatre contained in a folded tile-clad extension. Architecture and interior design firm Jestico + Whiles was appointed by student-housing developer Alumno Developments to oversee the renewal of the historic building on Peckham Road,

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s Cultural Center Stjørdal features a lime green spiral staircase

A+Awards: a staircase lined in bright green spirals up the middle of this Architizer A+Award-winning cultural centre in Norway, partially visible through its metal-mesh cladding. Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter collaborated with fellow Norwegian firms Lusparken Arkitekter and JSTA on the Cultural Center Stjørdal, located in the town just east of Trondheim. The centre is designed to serve as

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Renzo Piano sinks sail-covered art gallery into Aix-en-Provence vineyard

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has completed the Château La Coste Art Gallery, a sunken exhibition space topped by sails, which is set among the grape vines of a winery in Aix-en-Provence, France. Renzo Piano’s firm used chunky concrete walls to frame the 285-square-metre building, which is submerged six metres into a valley so that its roof is level with

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Heneghan Peng sets limestone-clad Palestinian Museum among angular landscaped terraces

Irish studio Heneghan Peng has completed a museum dedicated to Palestinian culture in the city of Birzeit, featuring a faceted stone exterior and terraced landscaping that references the region’s rural landscape. The Palestinian Museum is located on a hilltop site that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the west. The site was offered to the museum

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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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Trevor Horne Architects completes 12-sided art gallery in south London park

London studio Trevor Horne Architects has completed a gallery and apartment building on the site of the former Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, featuring folded brick walls topped with a glazed events space. The building on Tyers Street is the first permanent location for Cabinet Gallery, which was founded in Brixton in 1991 but had previously been operating from premises

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Arch Studio carves concrete Buddhist shrine into a grassy mound in Hebei

Beijing-based Arch Studio has completed a Buddhist shrine near the city of Tangshan, featuring subterranean concrete spaces that open up to views of a nearby river and planted courtyards. The shrine was designed by Arch Studio as a place for Buddhist meditation, thinking and contemplation on a forested site by the banks of a river in China’s Hebei

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FOG Studio’s Cooley Landing centre provides facilities for Bay Area wetland reserve

A+Awards: California firm FOG Studio worked with the residents of East Palo Alto to design this bayside community centre and exhibition space, another winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Cooley Landing Education Center is located on a peninsula at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It sits on a former landfill site, which was

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Five of Mexico’s best new museum buildings

Mexico and the US celebrate Cinco de Mayo today, commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in 1862. To mark the occasion, we’ve pulled together five of the country’s best contemporary museum buildings, including projects by Toyo Ito and David Chipperfield. Museo Soumaya by FREE Fernando Romero EnterprisE FREE Fernando Romero EnterprisE completed this

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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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Gimeno + Guitart creates chevron-patterned concrete for church of Santa Maria Assumpta

Architecture studio Gimeno + Guitart has completed a church and parish centre in Tarragona, Spain, featuring concrete walls patterned with angular etchings. The church of Santa Maria Assumpta is situated in the city’s Bonavista neighbourhood on a plot adjacent to a plaza. It comprises a robust concrete polyhedron flanked by a translucent metallic volume. Madrid-based architects Daniel Gimeno

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Obama Presidential Library concept design unveiled in Chicago

The first images and models of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects’ plans for the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago have been revealed. Former US president Barack Obama and wife Michelle presented the concept design and site plan for the library set for the city’s Jackson Park at an event earlier today. The proposal includes a

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Neri&Hu’s Suzhou Chapel combines textured brick base with ethereal white cube

Perforated metal surfaces form a white “veil” around the main hall of this chapel designed by Neri&Hu for a hotel complex near the Chinese city of Suzhou. Lyndon Neri and Rosanna Hu’s Shanghai studio designed Suzhou Chapel for a site within the Sangha resort, which is described as “a life learning and wellness community on the shores

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Zooco Estudio uses granite to unify disparate blocks of Gallician arts centre

Spanish Zooco Estudio has completed a complex of granite-clad buildings in the city of Verín that come together to form an arts centre for the Galician region. The architects were awarded the Silver A’Design Award for their 3,750-square-metre arts centre, which is made up of ten separate spaces housed within irregularly-cut, stone-clad volumes. The larger block contains a submerged auditorium, with the smaller

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“Feather-like” screens front church in Taiwan by MAYU Architects

Rows of perforated aluminium shades intended to represent the feathers of an eagle shield the facade of this concrete and glass church in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church was designed by local studio MAYU Architects for a site surrounded by residential buildings in the city on Taiwan’s southwest coast. The architects

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IM Pei’s Grande Louvre receives AIA 25-year award

The American Institute of Architects has honoured IM Pei’s renovation of the Musée du Louvre in Paris with an award during the organisation’s national convention, the same week that the Chinese-American architect is celebrating his 100th birthday. The project, which includes the steel and glass pyramids in the central courtyard of the former palace, received

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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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BBGK Architekci uses stained concrete walls to create Katyn Museum inside Warsaw barbican

Red concrete walls frame a chasm leading to a memorial inside Warsaw’s barbican, which commemorates the thousands of Polish citizens murdered by the Soviet secret police during the second world war. Designed by local studio BBGK Architekci, the Katyn Museum– one of five projects in the running for this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award – is split across three 19th-century buildings 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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