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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Peter Zumthor’s stilted Zinc Mine Museum captured in photography by Aldo Amoretti

These new images of the Peter Zumthor-designed Zinc Mine Museum were taken by Barcelona-based photographer Aldo Amoretti during a winter trip to southern Norway. Zumthor designed a series of buildings for the site of the former Allmannajuvet zinc mines in Sauda, and they opened to the public for the first time in late 2016. Amoretti visited the museum during November

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Peter Zumthor ditches the black for his LACMA expansion plans

Peter Zumthor has released new images of his proposals for Los Angeles County Museum of Art revealing that, in contrast to his early designs, the Swiss architect has opted for light tones for the building’s exterior. The latest renderings show the serpentine structure’s concrete roof and floor plates in an earthy tone – a significant departure from the original black colour, intended

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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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Frank Gehry’s Philadelphia Museum of Art renovation breaks ground

Work has officially started on Frank Gehry’s plans to “unclog the arteries” of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a major renovation that will transform the layout of the historic building. The Canadian-American architect’s masterplan for the 1920s structure involves removing interventions made by Venturi Scott Brown in the 1980s, and opening up new routes so visitors can

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Bruner/Cott further expands MASS MoCA art museum in the Berkshires

American architecture firm Bruner/Cott has completed the latest stage in transforming a former textile factory into the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum sits at the heart of North Adams, an industrial town in the Berkshires area of Massachusetts. The area is an unlikely arts hub, but neighbouring Williamstown is also home to the

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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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RCR Arquitectes forms Soulages Museum from linked weathering-steel boxes

A+Awards: this year’s Pritzker Prize-winning studio RCR Arquitectes is behind this steel-clad museum in France, which also earned the Catalan firm an Architizer A+Award. The Soulages Museum in Rodez was completed in 2014 by RCR Arquitectes – the surprise winner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel – in collaboration with architect

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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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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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David Adjaye’s African American Museum photographed by Brad Feinknopf

These new images by photographer Brad Feinknopf offer a tour through David Adjaye’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened last fall in Washington DC. The museum – often referred to as NMAAHC – was designed by British architect David Adjaye in collaboration with US firms The Freelon Group, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroupJJR, while

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Timelapse movie by Alejandro Villanueva shows Amanda Levete’s sinuous MAAT museum

This movie by videographer Alejandro Villanueva captures the wave-like form of Lisbon’s MAAT contemporary art museum, designed by Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A, as light shifts from day to night. Villaneueva’s movie captures the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) during its opening in October 2016. It is the latest in a series of videos by Villaneueva, who has also captured Snøhetta’s

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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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MAD’s George Lucas Museum will be built in Los Angeles

The MAD-designed George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Los Angeles, not San Francisco, it has been announced. After being forced to abandon plans in Chicago, Beijing studio MAD developed two competing designs for the Star Wars creator’s film museum, each in different US cities. But museum’s board has revealed it will move forward with the proposal in

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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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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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Renovation planned for Gio Ponti’s only North American building

Machado Silvetti Architects and Fentress Architects have been hired to revitalise the Denver Art Museum, the only North American building by famed Italian designer Gio Ponti. Completed in 1971, the distinctive museum – dubbed the North Building – rises seven storeys and is regarded as one of the first high-rise art museums, according to the team.

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Snøhetta unveils visitor centre for world-famous Lascaux cave paintings

A major new building by architecture firm Snøhetta has opened in the south of France, framing a huge replica of one of the world’s most important examples of prehistoric cave art. Called Lascaux IV, the new visitor complex recreates the appearance and atmosphere of the caves in Montignac where the 20,000-year-old Lascaux paintings are located, but which have been

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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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Rory Gardiner photographs the Design Museum’s new home

These photographs taken by Rory Gardiner capture the new home of London’s Design Museum inside the former Commonwealth Institute, which was renovated by John Pawson and OMA. Shot in analogue, Gardiner’s photographs reveal the oak-lined interiors created inside the 1960s building by London-based designer John Pawson, as well as the refurbished structure by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA. The building’s distinctive copper-covered, hyperbolic paraboloid roof is one of

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Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura to extend Madrid’s Museo del Prado

Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura have won a competition to overhaul Spain’s most important art museum, the Museo del Prado in Madrid. London-based Foster + Partners and Madrid studio Rubio Arquitectura will collaborate on the project, which will involve replacing the roofs of the 17th century Hall of Realms. They will also reorganise the floors within to create new galleries, allowing the museum

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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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Critics underwhelmed by “clumsy” new Design Museum

The Design Museum’s new home inside the former Commonwealth Institute in London is an oak-heavy, hotel-like interior that is impressive, but could have been so much more exhilarating, according to critics. London’s relocated Design Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time yesterday, although the press were invited in for a tour earlier this month. Observer

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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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Moon Hoon completes museum for a Pinocchio doll collector near Seoul

A nose-shaped fountain spouts water from the facade of this museum by South Korean architect Moon Hoon, which is dedicated to the fictional character Pinocchio. Huge Pinocchio dolls litter the grounds and interiors of the Pino Familia museum. It was designed for an avid collector of ephemera relating to the children’s book character – whose nose grows

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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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First photographs show London’s new Design Museum

These photographs taken by Rory Gardiner offer a glimpse of the interiors created by John Pawson for the new Design Museum ahead of its official opening next week. London-based architectural designer John Pawson has remodelled the interior of the former Commonwealth Institute building in South Kensington. These shots, taken at a friends-and-family event before the

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Watch The Met’s day of architecture talks live from New York

In Our Time: tune in here for the live stream of today’s series of architecture talks and discussions at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which includes presentations by OMA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and many more. The live stream via Facebook will begin at 10:30am New York time (3:30pm UK time) and continues until

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Rasem Kamal proposes warren of subterranean services for Jordan’s Wadi Rum

Architect Rasem Kamal has proposed a network of burrow-like spaces that would sprawl out beneath a UNESCO-protected valley in the Jordan desert. Kamal, an architect and designer at the Basel office of Oppenheim Architecture, drew up plans for the 180,000-square-metre site for his thesis project at the Rice School of Architecture in Texas. His Wadi Rum Excavated Sanctuaries – a complex containing

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Edmon Leong photographs Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad in Los Angeles one year after opening

These new images by architecture photographer Edmon Leong capture the light-filled galleries, cavernous lobby and large dimple in the honeycomb exterior of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad museum in Los Angeles. Hong Kong-based Leong’s photographs show the exterior and interior of the three-storey building, just over a year after it first opened to the public. The Broad LA is located

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David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex photographed by Rory Gardiner

These new images by photographer Rory Gardiner capture the striking sawtooth form of the Mexico City gallery designed by architect David Chipperfield to host one of the largest modern art collections in Latin America. Completed in 2013 and located in Mexico City’s Nuevo Polanco, Museo Jumex is David Chipperfield Architects’ first building in Latin America. It was recently named as one of six projects on the

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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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Toyo Ito’s Museo Internacional del Barroco photographed by Edmund Sumner

These new images by British photographer Edmund Sumner show the fluted concrete structure of the Museo Internacional del Barroco in Mexico, which is designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. White concrete walls curl around a courtyard at the centre of the museum, which hosts a collection of baroque art ranging from painting and sculpture to fashion and architecture. Galleries set behind the

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MAD unveils competing Lucas Museum designs for San Francisco and Los Angeles

After abandoning plans in Chicago, Beijing studio MAD has now revealed two new designs for its George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – one for San Francisco, and a different one for Los Angeles. Star Wars creator George Lucas was forced to give up plans to build his film museum on the Chicago lakefront after fierce opposition from locals, so is now

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OMA’s Quebec art museum extension shown in new images

These photographs provide a more detailed look at OMA’s extension to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, described as the largest cultural project in the Canadian province when it opened this summer. The images by Doublespace Photography show the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion after it began welcoming the public in June 2016. The series of

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I don’t like the LACMA renderings, says Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor has revealed that the visualisations for his new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which proved controversial with Dezeen readers, do not show the building as he intends it. Speaking to CLAD magazine, the Swiss architect explained that the “commercial-looking” renderings released earlier this year were created for an environmental review, and do

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Dinosaur egg museum in China features bamboo-textured walls

Chimney-shaped skylights spotlight dinosaur eggs inside this museum with craggily textured concrete walls at China’s Qinglong Mountain Geopark.  The cast-in-situ concrete structure was moulded over bamboo canes to create the building’s heavily textured surfaces. The distinctive ridges formed by the canes echo the texture of the curving roof tiles traditionally used on old buildings in China. The museum

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Studio Gang’s American Museum of Natural History extension moves forward

A geological-inspired addition to the Natural History museum in New York by US firm Studio Gang has received unanimous approval from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. The organisation gave the green light for the Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History last week. Proposed by the Chicago-based studio

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FXFOWLE reveals Statue of Liberty Museum for New York’s iconic landmark

Architecture firm FXFOWLE has unveiled plans for a new museum beside the Statue of Liberty, featuring a green roof and viewing platform overlooking New York harbour (+ slideshow). The 26,000-square-foot building on Liberty Island will provide information and exhibits for visitors, after access to the current museum inside the statue was restricted following the 9/11 More

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Amanda Levete’s undulating MAAT museum opens on Lisbon waterfront

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology by Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A has opened to the public, coinciding with the start of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (+ slideshow). A photo posted by Américo Leitão (@americo.leitao) on Oct 4, 2016 at 1:45pm PDT Called MAAT for short, the contemporary art museum opened to the press on 2 October 2016 More

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London’s Natural History Museum set for major extension by Niall McLaughlin Architects

The Natural History Museum in London has won planning permission for a major upgrade of its entrance areas, designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects and landscape firm Kim Wilkie (+ slideshow). The plan by the two London-based firms will add a series of new features to the museum’s main approach spaces, including a subterranean cloister, a wildlife garden 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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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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Museum of the West by Studio Ma features walls made of textured concrete

US firm Studio Ma has drawn inspiration from horseshoes, woven baskets and rugged landscapes for its design of a Western heritage museum in the metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona (+ slideshow). The Museum of the West is located in downtown Scottsdale, a suburban city known for its upscale homes and golf courses. Also located there is Taliesin More

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