Cultural Facilities

The 236,800-sf Olympic House will bring the International Olympic Committee's administration under one roof. Image: 3XN

March 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building, nestled in a large park, is striving to meet three different sustainability standar...

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San Diego's newest library branch provides a larger state-of-the-art resource for a growing uptown community. Image: Brady Architectural Photography

February 10, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

It features larger gathering spaces and more technology than its predecessor.

The main reading room in the Chicago Public Library's new West Loop branch. Image: Tom Harris

January 18, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its exterior design reflects the neighborhood’s industrial history, while its interior fosters co...

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October 24, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The San Antonio City Council voted 9-2 in favor of the makeover.

The Bay Theater in Pacific Palisades, Calif., a flagship for the Cinepolis luxury theater chain, is undergoing a major renovation that will promote social interaction as well as entertainment. Image: Retail Design Collaborative

August 10, 2018 |

Comfort and service are keys to attracting repeat customers, says an expert whose firm specialize...

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Italian Cultural Center
June 11, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Further evidence of the positive impact of the cultural centers on neighborhood development and e...

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The 57,000-sf Anthem concert hall is a major component of The Wharf

The 57,000-sf Anthem concert hall is a major component of The Wharf, the biggest-ever redevelopment project in Washington, D.C. Anthem is wedged between two mixed-use buildings with 510 apartments. Its $60 million construction costs included $3 million in sound mitigation measures. The hall’s flat floor allows it to be used for non-music events. The lobby can also be leased. The hall’s capacity is 6,000.

June 11, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New cultural centers have sparked development in the form of new offices, restaurants, retail, ho...

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The lobby of the new Summit Complex at Pikes Peak will provide visitors with breathtaking views. Image: RTA Architects, GWWO Inc./Architects

June 02, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 26,000-sf facility will be green, resilient, and emphasize the view rather than the architect...

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New library offers a one-stop shop for what society is craving: hands-on learning

Photo: Howard County Library System/Geoffrey S. Baker

June 01, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Beyond lending books and DVDs, the Elkridge (Md.) branch library loans household tools like ladde...

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View of the outdoor grand stair joining the museum to Argyros Plaza

Courtesy Morphosis Architects

June 01, 2018 | David Malone, ASsociate Editor

Morphosis designed the building.

May 24, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), embassy design... read more
Best in library design 2018: Six projects earn AIA/ALA library awards

Laurel Branch Library, Largo, Md., designed by Grimm + Parker Architects. Photo: Sam Kittner via AIA

April 16, 2018 | AIA

Austin Central Library and the Tulsa City-County Central Library are among the top projects for 2...

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Aerial view of APAC

Rendering courtesy of SPF:architects

February 20, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

SPF:architects designed the complex.

Rendering courtesy of BIG and Brick Visual

January 23, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The original proposal was first unveiled in 2014.

Parks, trails, and recreation areas will take up one-third of the 500-acre West Farm live/work development, whose construction is about to begin in Omaha, Neb. Image: SB Architects

December 12, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Walkability and recreation will be key features of West Farm.

A rendering of the reimagine Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza from Perkins Eastman

Rendering courtesy of Perkins Eastman

November 02, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza unanimously selected the Perkins Eastman entry as the winner....

A red room in the LEGO House with a LEGO waterfall

A red room in the LEGO House with a LEGO waterfall. Photo: Iwan Baan

October 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 12,000-sm building is part of Billund, Denmark’s goal to become the ‘Capital for Children.’...

The entry to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Photo: Dorchester County Tourism

August 15, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The museum is conceived as a series of abstracted forms made up of two main structures, one admin...

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TIRPITZ museum integrates into Denmark's coastline and the bunker that was built to protect it from attack. Image: Mike Bink

July 13, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

BIG’s design of this cultural center is the “antithesis” of the fortress.

Rendering courtesy of LOHA

July 05, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The redesign of the 28,000-sf building is prioritizing flexibility, openness, and connectivity....

The 1,200-seat John Anson Ford Amphitheater will reopen next month after a nearly four-year, $72.2 million renovation and expansion. Image: Gennia Cui

June 30, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The performing arts venue, nearly a century old, has undergone an extensive refurbishing.

Photo courtesy of Halkin Mason Photography.

June 27, 2017 | Bruner Foundation

The SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus in Bethlehem, Pa., receives the gold medal and $50,000....

The exterior of Johnson Building, one of two buildings that comprise the Boston Public Library, whose $78 million renovation breathed new life into the landmark facility. Image: Bruce T. Martin Photography

May 31, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Visitors are flocking to its brighter, connected halls, which now include retail and digital comp...

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An 8-million-pound retractable shell is one of the signature design and engineering features of The Shed, a 200,000-sf cultural facility that is part of the ongoing redevelopment of New York's west side. Image: BD+C

May 25, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility, designed for maximum programming flexibility, includes a massive movable shell. ...

Image courtesy of the Obama Foundation

May 04, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The design comprises three buildings set in the public space of Jackson Park on Chicago’s South S...

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Image © Volker Kreidler

March 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The hall hosted its debut concert on Saturday, March 4 with a performance by the Boulez Ensemble....

Rendering courtesy of Decibel Architecture

March 02, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building will act as a symbol of growth and prosperity for the city of Hanoi.

Rendering courtesy of EFFEKT

January 30, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The transformed building would provide space for street sports, street culture, and street art....

Competition is fierce among institutions vying for private capital to help fund their building projects. The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture was partly funded by private donors. A few years ago, the Smithsonian launched its largest-ever capital campaign to raise $1.5 billion. Image: Wikimedia Commons

December 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Capital campaigns abound, even though government financing still plays a vital role.

Rendering courtesy of Methanoia via ZHA

October 27, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The futuristic curves that have become a staple for ZHA-designed buildings are also on full displ...

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