August 15, 2013

Museum Hopping: Six New Hotspots

Art isn’t the only thing worth studying at these institutions. . .

1. Firm: Speech Tchoban & Kuznetsov
Project: Museum für Architekturzeichnung, Berlin
Standout: Abstracted architectural drawings are cast in the concrete façade and hand carved into interior walnut paneling.
Photography: Patricia Parinejad. 

2. Firm: Michele de Lucchi
Project: Poltrona Frau Museum, Tolentino, Italy
Standout: This museum celebrates the Italian furniture maker’s centennial by showcasing 60 of its signature pieces in alcoves made of wood and sheer fabric backlit by fluorescents.
Photography: courtesy of Poltrona Frau

3. Firm: LRO Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei & Co
Project: Museum Information Kunst, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Standout: The original walls of the 1731 governor’s manor are repaired with lime plaster, while new structures are reinforced concrete.
Photography: Roland Halbe. 

4. Firm: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Contemporary Arts Center, Córdoba, Spain
 Sunshine pierces through asymmetrical polygonal perforations in the reinforced concrete façade casting light on the interior during the day, but at night, LEDs illuminate the forms
Roland Halbe.

5. Firm: David Chipperfield Architects
Project: East Building for the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
Standout: Polished concrete-and-stone panels match the coloration of the neo-classical 1904 main building, while Andy Goldsworthy’s Missouri limestone installation, Stone Sea, in the central courtyard matches the shape of the arches.
Photography: Jacob Sharp and Alise O’Brien.

6. Firm: Mateo Arquitectura
Project: Entrance Hall for the National Gallery in Prague
Standout: a modern structure in glass and metal closes off the courtyard between the Baroque Salm Palace and Schwarzenberg Palace, both dating to the early 1700’s. 
Photography: Adrià Goula.

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