Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum is getting a new home designed by Mithun

Architecture, West
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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The Nordic Heritage Museum entrance lobby. (Courtesy Mithun/MIR)

The Nordic Heritage Museum entrance lobby. (Mithun/MIR/ Courtesy Nordic Museum)

Operating out of a 1907 red brick schoolhouse on a leafy residential street in the northwest Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, the Nordic Heritage Museum has plans to move into a major new Mithun-designed home about a mile south, close to the waterfront and the Ballard Locks.
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Eavesdrop> Go Art, Go: Who will design Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Downtown Los Angeles move?

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, February 1, 2016
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FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS' WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS’ WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

After a bitter fight at Bergamot Art Station, the Santa Monica Museum of Art is decamping to Downtown Los Angeles. Reports of an eastward move come with hints of a necessary name change as well a shortlist for its new space in the Arts District. Players are tightlipped, but AN’s sources say Gensler, Zellner Naecker Architects, and wHY (a longtime museum collaborator) have been invited to submit design proposals.

Ever-growing MoMA splits its controversial expansion plans into three phases

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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DS+R's original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA's main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

DS+R’s original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA’s main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

When MoMA debuted its Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R)–led expansion and renovation plans in 2014, the reaction from the public was overwhelmingly negative. Those plans called for demolishing the Tod Williams and Billie Tsien–designed American Folk Art Museum and creating a glass curtain wall that would open MoMA’s entire first floor to the public, for free. It’s not the free part critics took issue with: It was the perceived chaos of the museum-goer experience and wholesale destruction of the folk art museum.

MoMA took note, and pulled plans back. This week, revised plans were revealed. DS+R is still the architect (with Gensler), and the original objective—to create unfettered movement between galleries—remains. But a lot has also changed.

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Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus A1 in the Newly Renovated Renwick Gallery

Art, East
Thursday, January 14, 2016
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Gabriel Dawe's Plexus A1. (Courtesy Conduit Gallery, Ron Blunt)

Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus A1. (Courtesy Conduit Gallery, Ron Blunt)

Until July 2016, Plexus A1, an art installation comprising of nearly 60 miles of handwoven threads by Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe, will be exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s newly renovated Renwick Gallery. Dawe’s installation consists of 15 hues to mimic the full spectrum of visible light.

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James Corner Field Operations will design the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square (Field Operations)

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square
(Field Operations)

Following in the stead of Snarkitecture and Bjarke Ingels, New York’s James Corner Field Operations will create the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation.

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Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow opens in Rio de Janeiro

Architecture, International
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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The Museu do Amanhã (Courtesy Santiago Calatrava Architects)

The Museu do Amanhã (Courtesy Santiago Calatrava Architects)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…. it’s a soaring, white Calatrava design in Rio de Janeiro. The Museu do Amanhã (The Museum of Tomorrow) opens December 18 on Maua Pier in the up-and-coming Puerto Maravilha neighborhood.

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The Rockwell Group gets in touch with their emotions at the pop-up Museum of Feelings

East, Open, Urbanism
Friday, December 4, 2015
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Scented crystals in the Radiant Berry Room (Audrey Wachs / AN)

The Museum of Feelings (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Usually, strong smells wafting from the Hudson River are bad news. This time, though, there’s nothing to worry about: household fragrance maker Glade has partnered with the Rockwell Group to create a pop-up branding exercise on the waterfront outside of Brookfield Place. The Museum of Feelings ask visitors to reflect on how the senses, especially smell, contribute to emotion. It’s like raving with James Turrell at the Yankee Candle factory outlet store—plus crystals. Read More

HOK-founder Gyo Obata grows a new agriculture museum for the St. Louis Science Center

Architecture, Midwest
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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GROW Agriculture Pavilion Interior (St.Louis Science Center)

(St. Louis Science Center)

The St. Louis Science Center is adding its first new major exhibition space in 25 years with the 2016 summer opening of GROW, a permanent interactive agriculture exhibit. The exhibition design by Oakland, California–based Gyroscope will be complemented by a pavilion designed by HOK founder Gyo Obata along with St. Louis–based design firm Arcturis.

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Watch 24 Architecture and Design Teams Create “Canstructions” in Time Lapse

Art, Design, East
Monday, November 30, 2015
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Last year's People's Choice Awards winner was The LinCAN Logs by the ABC Metro Washington Student Chapter (MC SCA). (Washington Architectural Foundation).

Last year’s People’s Choice Awards winner was The LinCAN Logs by the ABC Metro Washington Student Chapter (MC SCA). (Washington Architectural Foundation).

On Sunday, November 22, twenty four teams from architecture and design firms in Washington, D.C. built sculptures out of canned food inside the National Building Museum.

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Here’s Daniel Libeskind design for the Lithuanian Modern Art Center

(Courtesy Lithuanian Modern Art Center)

(Courtesy Lithuanian Modern Art Center)

Daniel Libeskind has released the design for a 33,400 square-foot, contemporary art center in the heart of Vilnius, Lithuania, a city famous for its baroque architecture and medieval old town. The center, which represents Vilnius past and present, was designed by Studio Libeskind in partnership with Do Architects and Baltic Engineers. It is the first center ever to be dedicated solely to modern and contemporary art by Lithuanian artists.

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Aarhus Bling: James Turrell working with Schmidt Hammer Lassen to design ARoS Art Museum Expansion

Architecture, Art, International, Lighting
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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James Turrell with the model of the new ARoS expansion. (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

James Turrell with the model of the new ARoS expansion. (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

While the world has been discussing how much Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video borrowed from James Turrell’s installations (Hint: a lot*), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark announced that the artist is collaborating with Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen on the museum’s new expansion.

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Unveiled> Studio Gang’s new wing for the American Museum of Natural History

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Thursday, November 5, 2015
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Interior, looking east (Courtesy Studio Gang)

Interior, looking east (Courtesy Studio Gang)

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has unveiled the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, a six story, 218,000 square foot, $325 million expansion, at Columbus Avenue and 79th Street, designed by Jeanne Gang. The principal of New York– and Chicago-based Studio Gang stated that the exuberant organic forms recall “geological canyons, glacial forms,” spaces shaped in increments by the forces of nature. Here, form follows function: the aim of the Gilder Center is to build scientific literacy in young people and encourage study in the STEM fields.

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