Oct 21, 2009
This is the second round of our series of posts covering Museums around the world. I've already explained in the first post why this kind of building is so amazing for me, and the importance that each one has for their cities and surroundings.
Now for this post I will show you 10 amazing constructions that are really worth checking them out. Also if you missed the first article, check it out here.
Ordos Art Museum, Mongolia
2007, DnA - moca.org
Ordos Art Museum is the first building of Ordos’ new civic center on a stretch of sand dunes along the lake that is dedicated as a “public corridor” with art and cultural facilities. This 29,000 sq.ft. of exhibition and research space is distributed within an undulating form with a central span lifting clear off the ground, suggesting a desert viper winding over the dunes.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Planned for 2010, Zaha Hadid - broadmuseum.msu.edu
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will be a premier venue to attract major exhibitions and collections and serve as a showcase to enrich the educational experience and aesthetic enjoyment of art. The building, designed by world-renowned Zaha Hadid, will enable the museum to increase its visibility, showcase more of the permanent collection, organize and exhibit larger and more significant exhibitions, become more integral to university life and the greater community, and increase in stature—bringing international attention to the museum, MSU, the region and State of Michigan.
The Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut
1974, Louis I. Kahn - ycba.yale.edu
The Center’s exterior of matte steel and reflective glass confers a monumental presence in downtown New Haven. The geometrical, four-floor interior is designed around two courtyards and is comprised of a restrained palette of natural materials (travertine marble, white oak, and Belgian linen). Kahn succeeded in creating intimate galleries where one can view objects in diffused natural light.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
1986, Arata Isozaki - moca.org
Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations.
Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre - Brazil
2008, Alvaro Siza - iberecamargo.org.br
The museum is mainly defined by its vertical volume where the exhibition rooms are located, from which are raised suspended, undulating arms in white concrete – somewhat resonant of the iconic concrete reveries of Lina Bo Bardi. This is the first project by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza built in Brazilian territory and was honoured by the Venice Architecture Biennale with the Golden Lion award in 2002.
Nestlé Chocolate Museum, Mexico City
2007, Rojkind Arquitectos
A playful folding shape that is evocative for kids, of an origami shaped bird, or maybe a spaceship, or could it be an ‘alebrije’? What might seem like a capricious form is the fruit of diligent design explorations and an intuition about what the place should express. The spectacular result is as firm as the faceted shapes which sustain it.
Musée Hergé, Belgium
2007, Rojkind Arquitectos - museeherge.com
It was at the close of the exhibition, organized by the Pompidou Centre about me in 1996, that I met Fanny and Nick Rodwell. They had seen the exhibition, liked it, and wanted to talk to me about their project for the Hergé Museum…Hergé had not only cradled and enchanted my own childhood, but he was also cradling and enchanting the childhood of my children.
Ningbo Historic Museum, China
2008, Wang Shu - ningbo.gov.cn
"When I designed this, I was thinking of mountains. I couldn't design something for the city, because here is no city here yet, so I wanted to do something that had life. Finally I decided to design a mountain."
Museum Liaunig, Austria
2008, Querkraft - museumliaunig.at/a>
The museum liaunig projects out on two sides over steep-sided ground, high up in the landscape. a cut through the hill marks a precise intervention in nature. The building cantilevers an impressive thirty metres out, over a steep bank towards the approach road - clearly visible to the approaching visitors.
Gardiner Museum Renewal, Toronto - Canada
2006, KPBM Architects - gardinermuseum.on.ca
The Gardiner Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to ceramic art, and the only museum of its kind in Canada. It is also designated as one Toronto’s cultural renaissance projects. The renewal project, together with the Royal Ontario Museum across the street and the Royal Conservatory of Music around the corner on Bloor Street West, will form a new cultural precinct for the city.