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

architecture, architecture concepts, colorado springs, olympics, winter olympics, 2018 winter olympics, US Olympic Museum, DS+R Architects

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.

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[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.

Fernando Romero’s New Museum in Mexico City

FR-EE, Fernando Romero Enterprise, MADU, Mexico City, sphere, helicoid, undulating concrete slab, organic architecture, museum architecture

Designed by FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise,  building for MADU – small museum for a collection of Art, Design and Urbanism,  is situated in a park in Mexico City and is a piece of art itself. Due to the fact that the building is shaped as a deformed sphere it perfectly fits into surrounding, co-existing with it in pure harmony.

The form of the Museum is derived from the construction strategy: undulating concrete slabs are stacked so that the peaks of the lower curves connect with the valleys of the upper, opening organic spaces in a helicoidal organization. The characteristics of the construction strategy forms a fluid path of circulation that increases vertically as it winds around the periphery of the building.

Cooper Hewitt Unveiled


[All photographs by John Hill]

This (rainy) morning was the press preview unveiling the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum's three-year renovation, carried out by a "dream team" of 13 design firms, including Gluckman Mayner Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Below is a tour of sorts through the different parts of the museum, from the first floor to the third floor. The museum opens to the public on Friday, December 12. If the photos don't make it clear, a visit is highly recommended.

The "dream team" and what they were responsible for:


Information desk in the Great Hall:
Cooper Hewitt
Cooper Hewitt

First floor galleries, with "Beautiful Users" on display:
Cooper Hewitt

Veterans Memorial And Museum In Columbus, Ohio

Allied Works Architecture (AWA) today shared designs for the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, OH. Following an invited competition that included David Chipperfield Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Allied Works was awarded the commission in the spring of 2013. The museum, located on the banks of the Scioto River, directly across from downtown Columbus, will open in 2016.

The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is conceived as an architecture of two acts. The first is an act of landscape, where the surrounding parkland is cut, carved and lifted into the sky, creating a processional path to the sanctuary, a place of ceremony, celebration and reflection—a civic room for the city of Columbus. The second is an act of structure, where a series of concentric arches rise from the earth to hold the sanctuary above. These bands of interwoven concrete hold and protect the museum and its occupants within, creating a labyrinthine journey of exhibitions that illuminate ideas of service, duty and remembrance.