Cultural Facilities

Barack Obama Foundation begins search for presidential library architect

Barack and Michelle Obama look at Chicago's skyline. Photo: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons 

August 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Both national and foreign firms will compete for chance to design the Chicago-based Presidential...

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Proposed “High Line” in Mexico City pays homage to Aztec aqueduct

According to Architizer, references to the region’s aqueous heritage will be made with fountains and a waterfall. Renderings courtesy of FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise.

August 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Plans for Mexico City’s elevated park include an amphitheatre and al fresco cafés.

Ultramoderne's Chicago Horizon wins design competition

Renderings courtesy Ultramoderne

August 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Dubbed Chicago Horizon, the 3,200-sf structure will feature a chin-height rooftop viewing platfor...

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London, Anish Kapoor, Cecil Balmond, ArcelorMittal Orbit

A 591-foot tube will connect the observation deck on top of the 376-foot sculpture to the ground. Rendering courtesy London Legacy Development Corporation

August 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The city of London recently approved a proposal to add a slide to the Anish Kapoor- and Cecil Bal...

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National Desert Storm War Memorial

Renderings courtesy National Desert Storm War Memorial

August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

 The National Desert Storm Memorial Foundation has a $25 million goal for the project.

Snøhetta designs ring-shaped cable car station in Italian Alps

The base station is only four minutes from Snøhetta's city center, and a cable car ride up to the Virgolo Cliff wil last only a minute. Renderings by Sonaar, courtesy Snøhetta

July 30, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

In Snøhetta’s design, two cylindrical rings embedded into the existing topography, each at differ...

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Zaha Hadid, Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Reinhold Messner, Italy, mountain, Dolomites

Photo: Unveiling of the new Messner Mountain Museum Corones. All photos courtesy Messner Mountain Museum

July 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The museum, dedicated to legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, is embedded within Mount Kronpla...

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Vox Populi: Netherlands municipality turns to public vote to select design for new theater

The design, called Theater on the Parade, received 57% of 2,681 votes cast online, beating out Rotterdam-based Ector Hoogstad Architects’ more classical, brick-structured proposal. Renderings courtesy UNStudio

July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNStudio’s Theatre on the Parade received nearly three-fifths of votes cast in contest between tw...

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SET Architects wins design competition for Holocaust Memorial

To create a sense of claustrophobia and imprisonment, the space separating the two structures starts at 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) and narrows to 50 centimeters (1.6 feet). Renderings courtesy SET Architects

July 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The design for the memorial in Bologna, Italy, is dominated by two large metal monolithic structu...

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Rojkind Arquitectos serves up Mexican concert hall on the rocks

The museum was conceived as a formal extension to the breakwater. Renderings courtesy Rojkind Arquitectos

July 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The same way Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim has put Bilbao on the map, architect Michel Rojkind hopes h...

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Louisville group plans on building world's largest disco ball

Photo: Bin im Garten, Wikimedia Commons

July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The sphere would more than double the size of the current record holder.

Massive exhibition space in Inner Mongolia replicates steppe landscape

Renderings courtesy Kuanlu Architects

July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To mimic the Central Asian steppe landscape of the Chinese province Inner Mongolia, Kuanlu Archit...

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German architect proposes construction of mountain near Berlin

The architect envisions more topography in the otherwise flat capital city of Germany. Renderings courtesy Jakob Tigges

July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architect wants to create the world’s largest man-made mountain, at 3,280 feet.

Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial plan gets OK from D.C. planning commission

Rendering: Gehry Partners, LLP

July 09, 2015 | Lacey Johnson, Reuters

Despite the thumbs up, disputes over costs may keep the $142 million work from ever being built....

St. Petersburg Pier’s dramatic makeover gets green light from city officials

The new St. Petersburg Pier, The Pier Park. Renderings courtesy ASD/Rogers Partners/Ken Smith

July 09, 2015 | Rogers Partners

The Pier Park will be a platform for a multitude of smaller and more flexible programs and experi...

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Museum, Guggenheim, Helsinki, Moreau Kusunoki, Art in the City

“The waterfront, park, and nearby urban area all have a dialogue with the loose cluster of pavilions, with people and activities flowing between them,” said jury chair Mark Wigley in a statement. Renderings courtesy Moreau Kusunoki Architectes

June 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The firm’s design concept makes use of the museum’s site, turning it into a bustling, well-connec...

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Artists Turn Tankers into Architecture

The project involves anchoring tankers to the shore as permanent land buildings, designed to accommodate cultural and event spaces, retail, or public parks. Renderings courtesy of Chris Collaris Design.

June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Four Dutch artists propose transforming tankers into monuments with mixed-use space.

Chicago’s 606 elevated park opens this weekend

Nature reclaimed the tracks long before the conversion to park started. Photo courtesy the606.org

June 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 2.7-mile stretch repurposes an abandoned elevated train track that snakes through Humboldt Pa...

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Snøhetta and DIALOG to revitalize Willamette Falls area in Oregon

In addition to the revitalization of existing buildings, a new trail and several landscaped surfaces will be woven throughout the waterfall’s area. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed, and Dialog

June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of the plan, an abandoned paper mill will be repurposed, while landscaping and running tr...

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4 designs honored at AIA's TAP Innovation Awards

The three main massing elements (south bar, atrium, and north tower) are each designed with their own structural systems and floor-to-floor heights to maximize efficiencies. Image: Alene Davis

May 27, 2015 | AIA

Morphosis Architects' Emerson College building in Los Angeles and the University of Delaware’s IS...

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Design for beekeeping facility in Tanzania by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects unveiled

According to the architects, the building will use sustainable and locally sourced materials and labor. The structural components include mud-fired bricks, which are being made on site. Renderings courtesy Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

May 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The developers say the center will be an important educational and vocational tool.

Szczecin Philharmonic Hall wins Mies van der Rohe Award 2015

Photo © Simon Menges via Fundació Mies van der Rohe

May 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The hall is composed following a Fibonacci sequence whose fragmentation increases with the distan...

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MVRDV Selected to Design High-Line Inspired Park ‘Seoul Skygarden’

The planned Seoul Skygarden will be made out of a 40-year-old overpass, which was deemed unsafe for heavier vehicles in 2009. Renderings courtesy MVRDV

May 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The garden will be organized as a library of plants, which will make the park easier to navigate....

Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into l...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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Jean Nouvel loses court battle against Philharmonie de Paris over alleged design ‘sabotage’

Nouvel accused project managers of cutting corners to save money during the hall’s completion. Photo: Copyleft via Wikimedia Commons

April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the facility and asked for his name to be removed from al...

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Milwaukee’s Lakeshore State Park visitor center will be ‘off-the-grid’

Restrictions on park land mean the building's enclosed space cannot be larger than 2,500 sf. Rendering courtesy Kubala Washatko Architects

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans also include a built-in wastewater treatment system and rainwater collection.

Henning Larsen Architects designs a timber museum extension in Sweden

In each protrusion on the jagged roof is a skylight, bringing in plenty of natural light into the space within. Renderings courtesy Henning Larsen Architects

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new extension will complement Österund’s wooded surroundings

9/11 museum triumphs over controversy

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the skyscapers’ slurry wall and the “Last Column.” Photos: James Ewing Photography / courtesy Davis Brody Bond

April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Building Team for this highly visible project had much more than design, engineering, and con...

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Mies’ Martin Luther King Jr. Library to get a Mecanoo makeover

"While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District," the library said in a statement. Renderings courtesy Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture

April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architects say the modernization aims to improve “Mies in a...

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