BIG with Kossmann.dejong+Rambøll+Freddy Madsen+KiBiSi have completed the Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør. By marrying the crucial historic elements with an innovative concept of galleries and way-finding, BIG’s renovation scheme reflects Denmark’s historical and contemporary role as one of the world’s leading maritime nations.
The new Danish National Maritime Museum is located in Helsingør, just 50 km (30 mi.) north of Copenhagen and 10 km (6.5 mi.) from the world famous Louisiana Museum for Modern Art. The new 6,000 m² (65,000 ft²) museum finds itself in a unique historical context adjacent to one of Denmark’s most important buildings, Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site – known from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is the last addition to Kulturhavn Kronborg, a joint effort involving the renovation of the Castle and two new buildings – offering a variety of culture experiences to residents and visitors to Helsingør.
“We work the clay in the shape of a vase, for it is precisely where there is nothing that the effectiveness of the vase resides. We make openings for doors and windows to make a house, for it is precisely where there is nothing that the effectiveness of the house resides. Thus, we think that we benefit from things that are tangible, but it is precisely where we do not perceive anything that true effectiveness resides.” _Lao Tzu
A void cannot exist without a mass, and the multipurpose art gallery designed by atelier rzlbd is an expression of this realization and a representative of its design philosophy. Located in Bayview Village shopping mall the gallery explores the challenges of integrating shopping experience with public and private events that promote contemporary art and architecture.
This proposal for the New Contemporary Art Museum (NCAM) in Buenos Aires embodies the city’s dynamic cultural vibrancy. The building sits along the Rio de la Plata, plugging into the internationally influenced urban context as an architectural artifact representing the city itself.
On Saturday 22 September the renovated and extended Stedelijk Museum will be officially opened by Queen Beatrix.
(Amsterdam) The new levitated superstructure contains exhibition space, a restaurant, a shop and the new entrance. Arup is responsible for the structural design and the lighting design. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the new building, popularly called ‘the Bath Tub’, adds over 9,000m2 to the historic museum building. This includes programme space as well as 3,400m2 of exhibition space. There is an area located in the basement which is suitable for many forms of contemporary art, being free from daylight.
The small Norwegian town of Førde draws its qualities from its interaction with the surrounding mountains, which are visible everywhere, and from Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European mainland, which lies in close proximity to the town.
The town’s new museum, Sogn & Fjordane Kunstmuseum also draws upon the distinctive landscape for its architectural expression: the museum lies like a crystal-clear block of ice that has slid down from the surrounding mountains.
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The inspiration for the project comes from both the location being close to the bay and from the needs of the program, a surreal space for design exhibitions. The Oct design museum focuses mainly on fashion shows, product design, and conceptual automotive shows. The goal was to create a space that is surreal to the subject matter but also transcendental in surrounding and feeling. The design of the interior relies on a continuous white curving surface that casts no shadows and has no depth.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum that is location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City remains one of the great modern architectural accomplishments. It stands out as a unique structure between the other more traditional buildings on Fifth Avenue. It was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and construction was delayed for a 16 year period. The museum was only completed after the death of the architect. There are several unique features of the building that were designed with a specific purpose in mind:
An Inverted Ziggurat
The design of the Guggenheim was meant to imitate an ancient structure known as a ziggurat. A ziggurat is a pyramid that has a walkway along the outer edges that grows narrower as it rises towards the pinnacle. The Guggenheim is an inverted ziggurat because the outer walls and the walkway inside grow wider as the building rises.
Visitors to the Guggenheim first enter into a large rotunda. This is a vast, spacious area that sits at the base of the open center of the museum. The spiraling walkway can be seen rising upwards until it reaches the large skylight at the top of the building. The rotunda allows guests to fully understand and appreciate the architectural and sculptural elements of the building in one panoramic view. This is also a common area where visitors can gather before embarking up the ramp, where moving companies frequently transport artwork in and out of the museum.
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Construction is underway at Datong Art Museum – China’s ‘Museum of the 21st Century’. The museum will open in 2013 to represent China in Art Centre Basel’s international ‘Beyond the Building’ architecture exhibition tour.
The 32,000-square-metre venue is one of four major new buildings within Datong New City’s cultural plaza. Its centrepiece is the Grand Gallery, a heroically scaled, top-lit exhibition space measuring 37 metres high and spanning almost 80 metres, in which artists will be commissioned to create large-scale works of art.