Cultural Facilities

Daniel Libeskind unveils design for new Lithuanian modern art museum

The Modern Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, has a white concrete exterior that references the local materials of the city. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

November 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Located in the national capital of Vilnius, the Modern Art Center will be home to 4,000 works of...

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BIG plans for Pittsburgh: Lower Hill District master plan evokes hilly topography

The master plan will rejuvenate the former site of the Pittsburgh Penguins' arena. Renderings courtesy BIG

November 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Paths will be carved to create a dialogue between Pittsburgh’s urbanscape and its hilly surroundi...

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MVRDV to turn outdated Taiwanese mall into urban lagoon

Renderings courtesy of MVRDV

November 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The firm's winning design honors Tainan’s natural landscape and historic role as a marine and fis...

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MVRDV designs a ‘Disco Ball’ for Rotterdam

Inside the Collectiegebouw, visitors will be able to witness the backstage activity that happens at museums: restoration, transport, and storage of art. Renderings courtesy of MVRDV

November 11, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Called the Collectiegebouw (Dutch for "collection building"), the building will make public the c...

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New York City’s underground green space enters the testing phase Lowline

The Lowline would create a vibrant public space in one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Renderings courtesy Kibum Park/Raad Designs/Flickr

October 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

If realized, The Lowline would provide 1.5 acres of green space for the Lower East Side of Manhat...

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The “new” Gaillard Center gets a standing ovation for its exterior cladding

In synch with Charleston's heralded architectural history, the new cladding was made to aesthetically resemble stucco, a material that has been used in the city since the 19th century.

| October 27, 2015 | Thermocromex

The “new construction” surrounds three sides of the original building, offering both a classic pu...

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Sanaa-designed cultural center opens at Connecticut’s Grace Farms

The River, designed by Sanaa, lets guests see the surrounding nature reserve. Photos courtesy Grace Farms (via Dezeen)

October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 83,000-sf The River is five pavillions with space for a sanctuary, library, and gym.

Designs Unveiled for Warsaw Art Museum and Theatre

The buildings will sit next to each other, connected with landscaping that will bring in over 100 new trees. Renderings by Encore courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

September 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Emphasizing the building’s role in the public sphere, the museum will be accessible from all side...

Bakpak Architects' courtyard concept in Poland incorporates local pottery heritage

Renderings courtesy Bakpak Architects (via ArchDaily)

September 24, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The multifunctional building proposed for Rzeszow, Poland, looks like it was handcrafted on a pot...

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Adjaye Associates' Ruby City is scheduled to open in 2018. Renderings courtesy Linda Pace Foundation

September 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

San Antonio's Ruby City will hold 800 works of art in 10,000 sf of exhibition space.

Sovereign territory ruling allows for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's $500 million casino

First Light Resort & Casino. Renderings courtesy Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and JCJ Architecture

September 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Massachusetts-based tribe has plans for a 150,000-sf casino and 600-room hotel, along with a...

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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 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

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

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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