Cultural

Christie’s San Francisco, California, United States, T.W. Ryan Architecture

Christie’s San Francisco

Text description provided by the architects. Christie’s commissioned T.W. Ryan Architecture to design a new flagship at 49 Geary Street in San Francisco’s Union Square shopping district. Established in 1982, Christie’s presence in San Francisco has long been integral to the auction house’s success. Their new space in the historic […]

Miroslav Kubík Gallery, Litomyšl, Czech Republic, Michal Motyčka

Miroslav Kubík Gallery

Text description provided by the architects. The reconstruction concept in the Miroslav Kubík Gallery in Litomyšl could be described with the following words: The gallery has a simple layout following an axis, which leads from the square to the garden. Individual spatial moments are based along this axis. An important […]

Understory at The Spheres, Seattle-Washington, United States, Graham Baba Architects

Understory at The Spheres

Text description provided by the architects. Understory at The Spheres is a multifunctional exhibit and visitor center designed to tell the story of The Spheres, Amazon’s iconic and wholly unique insertion into the heart of Seattle. The exhibit unravels the complexity of the architecture and engineering and the very idea […]

Galerie Perrotin, New York, United States, Peterson Rich Office

Galerie Perrotin

Text description provided by the architects. PRO’s first public art gallery – the New York flagship for Perrotin – involves the complete adaptive reuse and redesign of The Beckenstein Building. Constructed in 1890 and located at 130 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, the building has evolved from residential […]

Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft, Liestal, Switzerland, EM2N

Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft

Text description provided by the architects. The Public Record Office is the collective memory of the political, economic and cultural life of a canton. Consequently, a suitable urban location and appropriate architectural expression are of central importance. The current location of the existing office, amidst smaller and larger residential buildings […]

Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center, Celldömölk, Hungary, Földes Architects

Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center

Text description provided by the architects. Though Hungary, located in Central Eastern Europe, is not rich in active volcanos, a large expanse of the country used to be volcanic some 5 million years ago. However, this does help ensure good quality soil for high level wine production, one of Hungary’s […]

Miguel Delibes Space, Alcobendas, Spain, Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Miguel Delibes Space

Text description provided by the architects. The building hosts the Universidad Popular, the headquarters of the Photo España International Centre in Alcobendas, as well as a media library and a citizen’s advice service of the City Council. Inaugurated with the name of the famous Castilian writer Miguel Delibes, the new […]

Malmö Live, Malmö, Sweden, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Malmö Live

In 2010, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in a team with Skanska, Nordic Choice Hotels Akustikon and SLA won a competition to design the 54,000m² concert, congress and hotel complex. The masterplan also includes 27,000m² for housing and commercial use. Malmö Live is an open, expressive, dynamic building offering numerous […]

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands, MVRDV

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Rotterdam’s Museumpark, the depot features a new type of experience for museum visitors: a sturdy engine room where the complete collection of 151,000 objects is made accessible to the public. In addition to the various storage and care areas, the depot has […]

MalmöMässan, Malmö, Sweden, Erik Giudice Architects

MalmöMässan

Text description provided by the architects. MalmöMässan is located in Hyllie, the new hub for mixed development in the south of Malmö, ideally linked by the train in the city centre, in Copenhagen and its international airport. The project’s exterior faceted envelope was designed to create a dynamic urban landscape […]

Japanese Garden at the Budapest Zoo, Budapest, Hungary, PLANT - Atelier Peter Kis

Japanese Garden at the Budapest Zoo

Text description provided by the architects. The hill of the Japanese Garden was created from the debris of the Zoo and its surroundings after World War II. Initially there was an open air stage here, which however was unutilised for major parts of the year occupying this otherwise rather narrow […]

The Metamorphosis of the Great Rock, Budapest, Hungary, PLANT - Atelier Peter Kis

The Metamorphosis of the Great Rock

Text description provided by the architects. The Great Rock – originally built between 1909 and 1912 – is one of the earliest and largest artificial rocks with reinforced concrete structure in the word; it reproduces the formations of a limestone mountain with a dolomite summit, actually existing in Transylvania. It […]

Urania Cinema, Zagreb, Croatia, 3LHD

Urania Cinema

Text description provided by the architects. Urania Cinema/Theatre is one of numerous old cinema buildings built in the city of Zagreb in the early 20th century. Those cinemas were spread within the urban blocks across Zagreb’s Downtown. With the opening of new and modern multiplex theatres 20 years ago, the […]

The Hive, Worcester, United Kingdom, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The Hive

Text description provided by the architects. The Hive was conceived as a truly accessible building (that would not preclude any potential visitor or staff member using all the facilities) within a built form that would be innovative in operation with low carbon impact. It is a testament to the strength of […]

New Halifax Central Library, Halifax, Canada, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

New Halifax Central Library

The new Halifax Central Library has an open, welcoming design which reflects the city’s diverse population and heritage. The building is a catalyst for the regeneration of the downtown area and the product of an extensive co-creation process involving monthly public consultations and workshops with various focus groups. The exterior […]

Bibliothèque Georges Perec, Marne-la-Vallée, France, Aldric Beckmann Architectes

Bibliothèque Georges Perec

Text description provided by the architects. Future heart and social area of the Marne-la-Vallée university campus, the new central library has the significant advantage of being located on an outstanding site: the Ferme de la Haute Maison. Dating from the 17th century, this “historic” site endows the building with a […]

Liyuan Library, Vogau, Austria, Li Xiaodong Atelier

Liyuan Library

Text description provided by the architects. This project is modest addition to the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, just under a two hour’s drive from busy Beijing urban life. On the one hand it forms a modern programmatic complement to the village by adding a small […]

Foro Boca Concert Hall, Boca del Río, Mexico, Rojkind Arquitectos

Foro Boca Concert Hall

Text description provided by the architects. During recent years there has been a clear enrichment of the musical and cultural life of Boca del Rio, Veracruz. In 2014, the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra was formed, and through its performances it has attracted diverse musical expressions, local and foreign musicians, […]

Nestlé Chocolate Museum, Toluca, Mexico, Rojkind Arquitectos

Nestlé Chocolate Museum

Text description provided by the architects. While Nestlé’s chocolate Factory in Mexico City (located in Paseo Tollocan near Toluca) was in need of an inner pathway for visitors to witness the production of their favorite chocolates, a group of experts put together by rojkind arquitectos and Traqs suggested bigger plans […]

Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Dokk1

Text description provided by the architects. Completed in June 2015, Dokk1 opened as the largest public library in Scandinavia housing a citizen service centre, office space, automated parking for 1,000 cars and new harbour-side public squares. Situated at the mouth of the Aarhus River in one of the most prominent […]

Katuaq Cultural Centre, Nuuk, Greenland, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Katuaq Cultural Centre

In 1992, an international design competition with 226 proposals gave Schmidt Hammer Lassen the first prize. Their concept was inspired by the dramatic Greenlandic landscape that includes winding fjords, moving glaciers, icebergs and in winter the inspiring, undulating northern lights. These elements are reflected by Katuaq Cultural Centre. The northern […]

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, Mexico, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

National Museum of Anthropology

National Museum of Anthropology that is located at the centre of Mexico City has the world’s largest collection of ancient Mexican art. Ethnographic exhibits about Mexico’s present-day indigenous groups are also included in the museum. Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, along with Jorge Campuzano […]

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, United States, Allied Works Architecture

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) explores the blur zone between art, design, and craft today. Since 1991, the museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums and focuses on contemporary creativity. It explores the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials […]

National Library of China, Beijing, China, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

National Library of China

The award among contestants taking part in the bidding competition in 2003 was given to KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. The task to be fulfilled was to expand the existing library by adding a second tract to the building with a total space of 77,000sqm that was to house 12 million […]

UNAM Library, Mexico, Mexico City, Juan O'Gorman

UNAM Library

Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) encloses the Olympic Stadium, about 40 faculties and institutes, the Cultural Center, an ecological reserve, the Central Library, and a few museums. Mario Pani and Enrique del Moral […]

Rivington Place, London, United Kingdom, Adjaye Associates

Rivington Place

London’s first new virtual arts venue backed by public funding in forty years, Rivington Place is a space dedicated to the practitioners of contemporary art from culturally diverse background. As well as containing galleries, a lecture theatre and cafe it also houses the Stuart Hall Library and provides a permanent […]

Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, Germany, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Porsche Museum

The translation of the versatile and vivid brand into the language of architecture was the central draft concept. Specific conditions which the Porsche brand conveys both spatially and sensually to visitors are featured to the museum. Driving and speed, statics and logjams can be experienced both in the building’s configuration […]