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.
One of the things that I like the most when visiting a new city is to check out the museums, not exactly because of the expositions or arts that they hold inside but to appreciate the architecture of the buildings, that for me is a truly masterpiece. Usually these constructions are the must see spots of their towns. Emblematic because of their forms these buildings bring with them the very own and unique characteristics of their architects. In this post I will pay homage to these fantastic buildings and start a series of posts about Museums, the most famous and created by the most important architects in the history. We're sure that you will love them. "A museum is a building or institution which houses a collection of artifacts. Museums collect and care for objects of scientific, artistic, or historical importance and make them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. Most large museums are located in major cities throughout the world and more local ones exist in smaller cities, towns and even the countryside. (via Wikipedia)" Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 1959, by Frank Lloyd Wright - guggenheim.org "Somebody said the museum out here on Fifth Avenue looked like a washing machine," Wright said. "Well, I've heard a lot of that type of reaction, and I've always discounted it as worthless, and I think it is." The Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany 2001, by Daniel Libeskind - juedisches-museum-berlin.de The two-story, three-winged house is built around a square courtyard to which a glass roof designed by Daniel Libeskind was added in 2007. The façade of the Old Building has a central projection; the triangular gable over the portal is decorated with the Prussian national coat of arms flanked by the allegorical figures for wisdom and justice – a lasting trace of the function the building originally served. Visitors to the Jewish Museum Berlin pass through this main portal. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) 1995, by Mario Botta - sfmoma.org The situation of the museum building on a plot surrounded by a three high-rise blocks encouraged the adoption of a particularly powerful image, while at the same time avoiding and direct-and inevitably disadvantageous - comparison with its surroundings. Centre Pompidou, Paris 1971-1977: Centre Pompidou by Richard Rogers & Renzo Piano - centrepompidou.fr The supporting structure and movement and flow systems, such as the escalators, were relegated to the outside of the building, thereby freeing up interior space for museum and activity areas. Colour-coded ducts are attached to the building's west façade, as a kind of wrapping for the structure: blue for air, green for fluids, yellow for electricity cables and red for movement and flow. Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC), Niterói - Rio de Janeiro 1996, by Oscar Niemeyer - macniteroi.com.br "How to explain this project! I remember when I went to see the site. The sea, the mountains of Rio, a beautiful landscape that I should preserve. And I went with the building, taking the shape of which, in my view, the space required . The study was done, and a ramp leading visitors to the museum completed my project. (via Google Translate)" The Louvre, Paris 1546-1878, by Pierre Lescot | 1989, by Ieoh Ming Pei - louvre.fr The Louvre, in its successive architectural metamorphoses, has dominated central Paris since the late 12th century. Built on the city's western edge, the original structure was gradually engulfed as the city grew. The dark fortress of the early days was transformed into the modernized dwelling of François I and, later, the sumptuous palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, UK 1977,by Sir Norman Foster - scva.org.uk The Sainsbury Centre brought a new level of refinement to the practice’s early explorations into lightweight, flexible structures. Much more than a traditional gallery, it integrates spaces for viewing art, and facilities for recreation, teaching and research, within a single, light-filled space that opens up to views of the surrounding landscape. East Wing, National Gallery in Washington DC 1978, by Ieoh Ming Pei - nga.gov The skylit atrium at the heart of the East Wing is a hub of circulation and orientation. Organized around it are three flexible towers designed to permit the exhibition of one large or multiple small shows with the viewing intimacy of a small house museum. The new and old buildings are functionally united into an integrated whole by an underground tunnel animated by prismatic skylights, a chadar waterwall, and by a wide range of dining and other services. The Tate Modern, London Bankside, UK 1998-2000: By Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron - tate.org.uk/modern/ Tate Modern has transformed a previously underdeveloped area of London and has helped give the city a new image as a leading centre of contemporary culture. It has become a key landmark for London, while its programme and architecture have won international acclaim. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain 1997: By Frank Gehry - guggenheim-bilbao.es Volumes and perspectives, sinuous titanium curves, dazzling light and colour ... An combination of elements that create a unique exhibition space for each gallery. Art and architecture join hands in a truly unique museum experience.