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Coralarium: Ocean’s First Intertidal Art Museum Doubles as Marine Habitat

[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ]

A new first-of-its-kind underwater art museum in the Maldives features exhibits and sculptures at various levels, from the seabed through the intertidal waterline and up to the skyline, designed to be exposed and submerged to different degrees.

More than just an aesthetic endeavor, however, the project by environmental artist Jason Decaires Taylor is engineered to support the regrowth of endangered coral populations and other local marine wildlife. It’s the island’s first regeneration project, addressing a real need while also raising regional awareness.

The outer shell is a permeable, stainless steel structure, with some above-water sculptures placed on top. Below, divers can visit works made of marine-grade cement that will, over time, become covered as sealife attaches to it.

Immerse Yourself in Interactive Digital Environments at Japan’s Mori Museum

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Can we ever be satisfied gazing at static objects set against blank white walls again after experiencing total immersion in a dynamic, interactive digital environment? Granted, traditional museums have their place. But it’s easy to imagine many of them shifting their programming over the coming years to accommodate these kinds of dazzling installations. Tokyo-based techno-artist collective teamLab has opened a new museum in their home city, and it looks just as incredible as you’d expect.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Details Competition-Winning Proposal for the Chengdu Natural History Museum

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has won an international contest for the Chengdu Natural History Museum in China, seeing off competition from firms such as Zaha Hadid Architects and FUKSAS. With a form inspired by the geological impact of shifting tectonic plates, and reflecting pools inspired by ancient irrigation systems, the scheme makes heavy reference to the surrounding natural landscape, while dominant features such as a tall central atrium form a visual connection with the built environment. Below, the architects offer their own description of the winning scheme. 

Morphosis Releases Images of Proposed Orange County Museum of Art in California

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Morphosis has released images of its proposed Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in California. The scheme hopes to create an “open and engaging urban presence within Orange County’s largest center for arts and culture” when it opens in 2021.

At 52,000 square feet, the museum will allow OCMA to organize major temporary exhibitions alongside spacious installations. The museum will contain nearly 25,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, representing a 50% increase on their current location in Newport Beach.

Hakka Indenture Museum / DnA

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang
  • Architects: DnA
  • Location: Six Village, Dadongba, Songyang County, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect In Charge: Tiantian Xu
  • Lighting Design: Zhang Xin Studio, Architecture Department of Tsinghua University
  • Client: Songyang Dadongba County Government
  • Area: 2574.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Ziling Wang, Dan Han
© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang

Text description provided by the architects. The village of Shicang, whose residents belong to a Hakka ethnic group, is located in a narrow valley in the south of Songyang Country. The Hakka are also referred to as ‘guests’, since they migrated here as refugees from northern regions in the past centuries. They have retained their special status until today, which is characterized by the strong internal cohesion of the group.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro reveal preliminary concept for the US Olympic Museum

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New York studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has revealed their concept for the United States Olympic Museum, scheduled to open in downtown Colorado Springs, CO before the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The renderings for the 60,000 square foot space show sweeping curved lines, elevated walkways and an extensive outdoor public plaza with views of Colorado’s Pikes Peak. The building’s spiraling shape reflects was inspired by the fluid movement of Olympic athletes and it will act as a brilliant commemoration of the Olympic games.

A Closer Look at the Folk Art Museum

Finding myself in Midtown the other day I decided to walk by the former American Folk Art Museum and take some photos, considering MoMA is planning on demolishing the marvelous building designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. As I was snapping some photos from under the sidewalk shed across the street a lady stopped and we started talking about how much we both like the building and couldn't believe it would be torn down. She then thanked me for prompting her to stop and take a look, something she wouldn't have done otherwise.

Her words prompted me to take an even closer look at the distinctive Tombasil (alloyed white bronze) panels that comprise the distinctive facade. Below are three levels of details: The base of the building from across the street; a detail of a panel where the name of the museum used to be mounted; and a close-up of one of the big air bubbles created in the process of making the panel.

[Photos by John Hill]

10 Subterranean Museums Reclaiming Abandoned Mines, Tunnels, Cellars & Docks

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ]

Disused subterranean spaces like former mines, quarries, tunnels, bunkers and catacombs can offer just the right combination of spaciousness, moodiness, natural drama and a sense of gravity to house museums and other places of learning. Often making use of raw, rocky walls, cavernous proportions and the temperature-regulating insulation of the earth, these underground museums give us opportunities to explore spaces that are typically closed to the public.

TIRPITZ Museum in Denmark by BIG

Convocatoria: licitación del diseño Parque-Museo Humano / Santiago, Chile

Cortesía de I. Municipalidad de Santiago y Fundación Piedra Viva de Peñalolén

La licitación, lanzada por la I. Municipalidad de Santiago con el apoyo de Fundación Piedra Viva, busca encontrar el diseño arquitectónico, paisajístico y de museología para un nuevo espacio urbano para la comuna de Santiago: el Parque-Museo Humano, interviniendo el Parque San Borja, un área verde de 2,4 hectáreas, en donde se instalarán más de 238 obras del destacado escultor nacional Mario Irarrázabal. Estos trabajos del autor se emplazarán al aire libre y también en un pabellón con trabajos de menor tamaño, entregando un lugar único para la ciudad.