Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio; photo by Lv Hengzhong
Symbolising an ‘Ark of Art’ and located near the river Yong, in an old industrial area of the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang Province, China, this Contemporary Art Museum complex was completed in 2005 by this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Wang Shu and his Hangzhou-based practice, Amateur Architecture Studio. Boasting a total floor area of 24,000-square-meters, the steel-and-timber complex encompasses the main building with its exhibition space of 5,300-square-meters, two piers, a rooftop plaza and an original 1980’s control tower. (more…)
Herta and Paul Amir Building by Preston Scott Cohen, photo: Amit Geron
In an attempt to ‘square the triangle’, or the triangular building plot to be more specific, the American architectural practice of Preston Scott Cohen have developed this multifaceted, perspective-distorting Herta and Paul Amir Building for the complex of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Designed to comprise several storeys of spacious, rectangular exhibition rooms within ‘a tight, idiosyncratic, triangular site’, the 18500-square-meters building is now a home to a vast collection of Israeli art as well as multiple architecture, design, drawings and prints galleries, a study centre, a library and an auditorium. (more…)
the Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron
The Parrish Art Museum unveiled a re-conceptualized design for its new museum, to be constructed on the 14-acre site the Parrish acquired in Water Mill. Herzog & de Meuron’s design embodies responsiveness to the indigenous landscape, an emphasis on the natural northern light and a dialogue with the local architecture of the East End, especially the many artists’ studios in the area. The building will provide more than 37,300 square feet of highly efficient space, which is nearly twice the size of the existing museum.
To take advantage of natural northern light the building is placed on the site in a strict north-south orientation.
Located on the north side of Montauk Highway, the proposed new Parrish will be a horizontal structure nestled discretely in the landscape, consisting of two parallel wings joined by a central circulation spine running the length of the building. The poured-in-place concrete walls are deeply recessed under a long and elegant white corrugated metal roof and will incorporate large sections of glass that permit views through the museum and into the surrounding landscape.
The building will provide more than 37,300 square feet of highly efficient space.
“The new project is in a way a more radical and simplified version of our original design for the Parrish,” said architect Jacques Herzog. “Its clarity in concept, in combination with straightforward construction details and building materials, can be seen as a process of purification in immediate response to the Museum’s newly defined brief. Our proposal to collaborate from the beginning with local contractors on the realization of our ideas proved to be an extremely efficient and rewarding process for us as well as for the project.”
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