Amazing Museums

Museums contain the most amazing artefacts and performances, installations and art, but do we ever stop and look at what is housing these beautiful things?

This week we are taking a closer look at some incredible buildings which contain light and capacious spaces ideally suited to one purpose – to be a museum.


 Vennesla Library and Cultural Centre by Helen and Hard.

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This incredible space containing a Library, café, meeting space, and community centre is designed to combine public space and the main functions of the building into one generous space.

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An integrated passage brings city life into the through the building. The rib concept is based on hybrid structures that combine timber construction with technical devices and the interior finish.

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The whole structure is comprised of 27 ribs made from pre-fabricated glue-laminated timber elements as well as CNC cut plywood boards. The ribs create the geometry of the roof, and then cascade down to the floor to create personal study zones.


 Kukje Gallery by SO-IL.

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Located in the historic urban area of northern Seoul, the site was designed to have small alleyways and courtyards that characterise the local neighbourhood.

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The ground floor is used for large installations, performances and other functions. The two other sublevels house a sales office, lecture space and storage. Circulation has been pushed to the edge of the building to maintain the pure box form.

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The stainless steel mesh surrounding the building produces a layer of diffusion in front of the actual building mass. The multidirectional reflection combines with the openness of the mesh to create moire patterns generated through the interplay of shadows.


Guggenheim, New York by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Built in 1943, the Guggenheim Museum wasn’t opened until 1959. The form of the museum completely contrasts the rigorous Manhattan grid. Stacked white cylinders of reinforced concrete make up the exterior of the museum, and appear to swirl towards the sky.

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Inside Wright created one great space on a continuous floor which ramps up the all six storeys of the building. The ramp runs up the edge of the space whilst a huge glass dome centred over the space provides light to all levels.

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The building itself is very sculptural, and formed an instant monument for the city. The interior walls were designed to hold paintings and so are tilted slightly backwards ‘as if on an artist easel’. Unfortunately, this idea was unsuccessful as the paintings were difficult to hang on the concave walls.


Messner Mountain Museum Corones by Zaha Hadid Architects.

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This recently unveiled scheme is located in the Dolomites of northern Italy. The buildings soft curves tunnel right through the peak of Mount Kronplatz.

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The building is designed to house exhibitions exploring the mountainous regions around the world. A glass canopy marks the entrance whilst a viewing platform extends from the rockface on the opposite side.

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Although theses images are only studio visualisations, the construction of the building is underway and due to open in 2014.


Mortizburg Museum Extension by Niento Sobejano Arquitectos.

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The ruined castle in Halle, Germany has been converted into an extension for the Mortizburg Museum.

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The extension was inserted above the 15th Century stonework, providing a roof to the previously open-air floor.

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A new floor has been suspended from the centre of the roof to create an additional exhibition area without having to bring any columns into the main gallery.


Museum of Performance and Design by Mark Dziewulski.

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This is the first museum of its kind, and is to be located in the heart of San Francisco. The objective of the scheme is to create an iconic building that reflects the international focus of the institute and it’s stature as a world-class centre.

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The form of the building is inspired by the movement and rhythm expressed in many preforming arts, and depicts the energy and tension that Mark wanted to portray. The building was designed to cross boundaries of culture, education and age.

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