Cultural

Hans Otto Theatre, Potsdam, Germany, Gottfried Böhm

Hans Otto Theatre

Architect and Pritzker Prize winner Gottfried Böhm sketched a 5-storey theatrical building with bowl-shaped, cantilevered roofs. Concrete and glass are the prevailing materials. A listed gasometre was integrated into the construction body. On the side of the deep lake an also listed former chicory […]

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavík, Iceland, Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

The Centre sits on the border between land and sea, standing out as a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbour space as well as the vibrant life of the city. Henning Larsen Architects, the artist Olafur Eliasson with Danish-Iceland roots and the engineering companies Rambøll and ArtEngineering GmbH from Germany collaborated to design […]

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, Gehry Partners

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The museum of Guugenheim in Bilbao had already begun to make news long before it opened its doors on October 19, 1997. The previous four years of its construction, the museum was visited by numerous artists, architects, journalists, politicians, filmmakers, and historians that […]

Walker Art Centre Expansion, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, Herzog & de Meuron

Walker Art Centre Expansion

With chunky massing and silvery, lightly crumpled aluminum cladding, Herzog & de Meuron’s Walker Art Center expansion hovers over the sidewalk. It acts as a striking counterpoint to its adjoining neighbor, the center’s original brick-clad structure, decisively grounded, by Edward Larrabee Barnes. The 1971 […]

Winnipeg Library Addition, Winnipeg, Canada, Patkau Architects, LM Architectural Group

Winnipeg Library Addition

Winnipeg Centennial Library was originally constructed in 1976 as a three-story building occupying a city block and an adjacent public park. The existing library, constructed of reinforced concrete exposed to the interior and pre-cast panel exterior, felt very disconnected from its surroundings including […]

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, Washington, United States, Davis Brody Bond

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library

The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library is part of DC Public Library’s Building Program and came from a series of new libraries in Washington that are designed to be flexible and open in order to meet the needs of the community now and in the future. This $12 million facility is located on a triangular […]

Garden of Fine Arts, Kyoto, Japan, Tadao Ando Architects & Associates

Garden of Fine Arts

This project was designed by Tadao Ando and completed in 1994. It is a museum presenting near-life sized reproductions of famous masterpieces on porcelain panels. The Garden of Fine Arts in Kyoto, Japan is considered to be a unique creation of European taste amidst the chaos of Japan’s ancient capital city. The serenity of traditional […]

Heidi Weber Museum, Zurich, Switzerland, Le Corbusier

Heidi Weber Museum

The Heidi Weber Museum, also known as the Centre Le Corbusier, was completed after Le Corbusier died and it now works as a museum and gallery. The structure of the building was designed to have two parts. The first one is two cubes that have sides of enameled steel panels and glass. Above these cubes, […]

Macau Science Centre, Pei Partnership Architects

Macau Science Centre

The Macau Science Centre is an educational and cultural facility considered to be a state-of-the-art that is located at the gateway of Macau situated along the Pearl River Delta within an hour of Hong Kong by ferry. The centre was completed in December 2009 and dedicated by President Hu Jin Tao on the occasion of […]

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana, United States, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

The new Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum that is part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is located at the gateway to the main campus. From the campus it faces a sculpture garden and a Louisiana Plantation House reproduction that is the work of the noted architect A. Hays Town. The exterior […]

Zagreb Dance Centre, Croatia, 3LHD

Zagreb Dance Centre

When big movieplex cinemas opened in Zagreb that led to the dying out of old cinema theatres in the city centre. The City of Zagreb as the owner of the old cinema Lika made a decision then to reuse the space for new cultural facilities. In that scenario, the city transformed the old cinema Lika […]

National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAK), Kyoto, Japan, Maki and Associates

National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAK)

The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, commonly reffered to as MOMAK opened on the site that is now present on March 1, 1963 as the Annex Museum of The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Its building that used to be the auxiliary facility of The Kyoto Municipal Exhibition Hall for Industrial […]

Youth Centre Amsterdam-Osdorp, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Atelier Kempe Thill

Youth Centre Amsterdam-Osdorp

The final building is consisted of the simple stacking of two – diametrically opposed – concepts of space. The ground floor level is designed to have a flat sandwich-space that opens up completely to the surroundings thanks to the glazing on all sides. The public green and its dominated tree canopy has the ability to […]

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, Frank Gehry

Vitra Design Museum

Vitra Design Museum’s inception dates back to the early 1980s. Vitra’s CEO Rolf Fehlbaum began to collect the furniture of designers who had an influence at the company’s development, aiming to document the history of the Vitra Company, including people such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, and Jean Prouvé. The design […]

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Institut du Monde Arabe

Institut du Monde Arabe was established in 1980 in Paris, when an agreement with France was concluded from 18 countries 18 Arab countries concluded an agreement with France to establish the Institute with information about the Arab world and to start research to cover Arabic and the Arab world’s cultural and spiritual values. The Institute […]

MUMUTH Music Theatre, Graz, Austria, UNStudio

MUMUTH Music Theatre

MUMUTH that means the House of Music and Theatre of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz is combining a university building with a public theatre. The private faculty rooms are organised on one side of the building, and an open foyer on the other side guides the public to the concert hall. […]

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, Stephan Braunfels

Pinakothek der Moderne

Pinakothek der Moderne is a museum designed by the German architect Stephan Braunfels that was inaugurated in September 2002 after it took seven years to be completed. The museum’s rectilinear façade is dominated by white and grey concrete and interrupted by large windows and high rising […]

Yitzak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, Safdie Architects

Yitzak Rabin Centre

The Yitzhak Rabin Center was commissioned as a memorial to the slain Israeli leader. The centre includes a museum focusing on Rabin’s life and times, an auditorium, a research institute devoted to the study of the history of his era, a library and archive, and a multipurpose great hall. The complex is located in northern […]

Zoo Nursery, Santiago, Chile, Carreño Sartori Arquitectos

Zoo Nursery

Santiago Metropolitan Park covers an area of 722 ha. at San Cristobal Hill. Inside the park, the 5,6 ha. Zoo was founded at 1925. This historical condition involves a question of some complexity: the difficulties of space for animals are opposed to the virtue in their location, close to the city in a slope with […]