Museums

A 1920s-era rail passenger car—a reminder of Jim Crow segregation laws—at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open September 24 on the National Mall. The team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroupJJR, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and Ralph Applebaum Associates performed the design. Clark Group, Smoot Construction, and HJ Russell and Co. served as CM. Courtesy Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroupJJR.

September 19, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Preserving history is still their core function, but museums are using fresh approaches to engage...

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September 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The museum includes models from Japanese architects including Shingeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, and Riken...

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Rendering courtesy of Moreau Kusunoki Architects via Gugenheimhelsinki.org

September 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Construction of the museum relied heavily on state funding, which has officially been denied.

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Construction begins on new and expanded International Spy Museum in Washington D.C.

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Rendering courtesy SPY. Click here to enlarge.

June 17, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The building will have a glass veil that surrounds an enclosed black box, a setup that the museum...

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AltaSea's Engagement Center. All renderings courtesy Gensler. Click here to enlarge.

June 01, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

New and renovated facilities will help researchers, educators, and visitors better understand the...

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Rendering Courtesy of Axion Visual and Napur Architect

May 26, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The Museum of Ethnography’s new home will be part of a large museum complex in Budapest’s City Pa...

Rippled façade defines Snøhetta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion design

Photo: Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA. Click here to enlarge.

May 02, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The museum will have three times as much gallery space as before, along with a new theater, atriu...

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Studio Libeskind designs angular Kurdish museum rich with symbolism

Rendering: Hayes Davidson. Click here to enlarge.

April 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The museum consists of four geometric volumes separated by somber and uplifting divisions.

Aquarium of the Pacific unveils whale of a project

Rendering courtesy EHDD/Aquarium of the Pacific. Click here to enlarge.

March 24, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Designed by EHDD, the 18,000-sf, whale-shaped Pacific Visions will have gathering spots, gallerie...

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Construction begins on Foster + Partners’ Norton Museum of Art expansion project

View of the family gallery planned for the Norton Museum of Art. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

February 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Florida museum is adding gallery space, an auditorium, great hall, and a 20,000-sf garden....

One of VOA Associates' strengths is the cultural and entertainment sector, and its recent work includes the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona, Fla., pictured above. Merging its operations with Stantec brings together companies with “a commitment to design,” says VOA's Chairman Mike Toolis. Image: VOA Associates

February 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This deal reflects an industry where consolidation is a strategic necessity for more firms.

DS+R transforms old Art Deco building into a museum at the University of California, Berkeley

The BAMPFA, with the Art Deco building on the left and new stainless steel addition on the right. Photo: Iwan Baan (all images courtesy DS+R).

February 05, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which opened in late January, contains a theate...

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Image/ Visualization by Luxigon

January 22, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The single-story structure is designed for sustainability as well as function.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Photo: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons

January 15, 2016 | AIA

Morphosis' Perot Museum and Studio Gang's WMS Boathouse are among the projects to win AIA's highe...

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Santiago Calatrava-designed museum opens in Rio

The Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photos courtesy Santiago Calatrava Architects and Engineers.

 

December 18, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Museu do Amanhã addresses the future of the planet and has an inventive, futuristic design it...

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Plans for new museums meant to stimulate economy in a Berkshires mill town

The Global Contemporary Art Museum in North Adams, Mass. Renderings courtesy Gluckman Tang Architects

December 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The goal is to create a “cultural corridor” between North Adams and Williamstown, Mass.  

Milwaukee Art Museum opens new atrium designed by HGA Architects

All photos courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum

December 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The lakefront addition gives visitors expansive views both inside and out.

SANAA’s design selected for Hungary’s new National Gallery – Ludwig Museum

Architects Kazuyo Sejima and Rue Nishizawa describe their design as “an extension of the park." Renderings courtesy SANAA

December 03, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

After months of deliberation, the Japanese firm ultimately won the tie with Snøhetta.

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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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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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum breaks ground on Collections and Conservation Center

The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center will open in early 2017. Rendering courtesy SmithGroupJJR

November 10, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR

Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center...

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Studio Gang designs American Museum of Natural History's new science center

Renderings courtesy American Museum of Natural History

November 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will hold areas where visitors c...

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George Lucas museum design by MAD Architects finally gets green light

The museum's site is not far from Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. There was a dispute over the stadium's parking space, which has now been settled. Renderings courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

November 04, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The project will go ahead with its revised, smaller-scale design.

Kengo Kuma’s design for cultural museum in the Philippines evokes prehistoric cave feel

The Metro Manila region of the Phillippines isn't known for green public spaces. Fast Company says the new museum will add  “a lush new oasis into a dense [urban] environment.” Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma

October 22, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The Museum of Indigenous Knowledge in Manila, will house over 4,000 years of history.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House finds new locale at Arkansas museum

The Bachman Wilson House. All photos: Nancy Nolan Photography (Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum).

October 20, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Crystal Bridges Museum reconstructed the 61-year-old Usonian house and will open it to the public...

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Renzo Piano will turn century-old Moscow power plant into art gallery

The gallery will house artwork for the V-A-C Foundation, an organization for the preservation of Russian art. Renderings courtesy Renzo Piano (via Dezeen)

October 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The idea is to take the GES2 power station, which was built between 1904 and 1907, and turn it in...

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Columbus Museum of Art is opening the new Margaret M. Walter Wing

The Margaret M. Walter Wing will have more than 21,000 sf of gallery space. Photos: Brad Feinknopf/Courtesy Columbus Museum of Art

October 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by the DesignGroup, the Margaret M. Walter Wing is part of a $36.7 million renovation pro...

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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...

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.

Ma Yansong and Jeanne Gang revise Chicago lakefront Lucas Museum

Critics have likened the building design to "Star Wars" character Jabba the Hutt. Renderings courtesy MAD

September 21, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

New renderings of the proposed Lucas Museum show a scaled-down building on more green space.

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