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Cultural Architecture


THREAD Artist Residency & Cultural Center / Toshiko Mori Architect

In the remote village of Sinthian in southeastern Senegal sits the Thread residency – one of the world’s newest centers of creative production and interdisciplinary exchange. Melding the vision of artists Josef and Anni Albers, the futuristic designs of architect Toshiko Mori, Sinthian building and craft traditions, and complex environmental and sustainability needs of the region, Thread has emerged as an exciting vision for what an international residency can be...

Petersen Automotive Museum / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The Petersen Automotive Museum​ reopened to the public on December 7, 2015. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the new exterior wraps the museum with ribbons of stainless steel that evoke motion, speed and the lines of a bespoke automobile. At night, the color and steel forms will be lit with LEDs from within to accentuate the sculptural facade of the building...

Biesbosch MuseumEiland / Studio Marco Vermeulen

After an extensive renovation that lasted nine months, The Biesbosch MuseumEiland in the netherlands has reopened to the public. The existing museum building be expanded with 1000m2 of exhibition space, restaurant, offices and a visitor center. The island is designed as sweetwater tidal park with a unique water playground. The museum's garden roofs are embedded into the environment providing great views over the surroundings.

Tippet Rise Art Center / Cathy and Peter Halstead

Transformative connections between music, art, and nature by Cathy and Peter Halstead, set on an 11,500-acre working ranch in the shadow of the Beartooth mountains, just north of Yellowstone in Fishtail, Montana. Tippet Rise is anchored in the belief that art, music, architecture and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience...

Elizabethan Theatre, Chateau d’Hardelot / Studio Andrew Todd

This scheme for a 400-seat Elizabethan theatre will be built by mid-2015 for the Department du Pas de Calais and the Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordial at the Chateau d'Hardelot on the Cote d'Opale south of Calais. The building is made almost entirely of wood (except the basement level),...

Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid Architects

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects in Guangzhou is situated on the banks of the Pearl River. The spectacular building comprises a large concert hall for 1,800 spectators and a smaller multifunctional theater, both erected on a pedestal. Hadid’s design work was inspired by river pebbles made smooth by flowing water...

The Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion / Lake Flato Architects

Lake Flato architects of San Antonio designed the facility to meet the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous international green-building certification. The stringent Living Building Challenge requirements for Net Zero Water and Ecological Water Flow are met by treating wastewater onsite to reuse for irrigation and employing a water feature to reduce peak flows while creating an aesthetic amenity...

Harbin Opera House / MAD Architects

Beijing-based MAD Architects have completed construction of the Harbin Opera House in the northern Chinese city of Harbin but it is not yet open to the public. It is part of the Harbin Cultural Island project, which consists of the opera and a cultural center located along Harbin's Songhua river. The complex covers an area of 850,00 square feet...

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

In 2001, the Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix & Partner, internationally famous for their deconstructed architecture, were commissioned to design the Musée des Confluences, their first project in France. According to its mixed use the spectaculous Musée des Confluences combines two contrary building shapes: a crystal and a cloud...

Messner Mountain Museum Corones / Zaha Hadid Architects

MMM Corones on Kronplatz – between the Gader Valley, Olang and the Puster Valley – is the final act in the Messner Mountain Museum project (which comprises a total of six facilities). On the edge of South Tyrol’s mountain plateau with the most spectacular views, in the unique museum architecture created by Zaha Hadid Architects...

Pomona College Studio Art Hall / wHY Architecture

In October 2014, Pomona College opened a stunning 35,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall. Designed by wHY architect Kulapat Yantrasast, the building’s striking exterior is marked by a soaring wood-beam roofline and extensive use of glass, which floods the studios with natural light...

Moesgaard Museum / Henning Larsen Architects

Moesgaard Museum (MOMU) is designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Kristine Jensens Tegnestue is a Danish regional museum dedicated to archaeology and ethnography. It is located in Højbjerg, a suburb of Aarhus, Denmark. The new 16,000 m2 museum is uniquely located in the hilly landscape of Skåde south of Aarhus, Denmark. With its sloping roofscape of grass, moss and flowers in bright colours the building appears a powerful visual landmark perceptible even from the sea...