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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]

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.

Museums of Tomorrow: 13 Out of This World Institution Designs

[ By Steph in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

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We’re reaching a point in architectural history where the structures being built look like they could have come straight out of the concept artwork for a science fiction movie, or a video game set on another planet. Some look like flying saucers, others look like blobby aliens that landed on the roof of a traditional European building, but all of these museum designs – the real ones, and the ones that will remain concepts – have a strikingly futuristic feel.

Sci-Fi Museum for Washington by Flying Architecture
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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.

The Gray Ghost of the Bowery

An unsentimental valentine from the New Museum.






Herzog & de Meuron reveals more photos of new Vitra Design Museum gallery

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has released a full set of images of the Vitra Schaudepot – a new gallery for the permanent collection of the Frank Gehry-designed Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany (+ slideshow). (more…)

LES Is More

The new New Museum is the stylish front man in a booming Bowery scene.






Vector Architects drapes steel mesh to create new entrance to M Woods museum in Beijing

Vector Architects has draped lengths of wire mesh over the entrance to a museum housed in a former warehouse in Beijing (+ slideshow). (more…)