Among thousands of hacked documents from Sony, key emails reveal LACMA’s inner dealings

Architecture, Art, News, West
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Zumthor's March 2015 revised scheme less fluid and more blocky. Courtesy LACMA/ Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner.

Zumthor’s March 2015 revised scheme less fluid and more blocky. (Courtesy LACMA/ Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner)

When hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s email server in November 2014 and released stolen messages, the first stories to come out were Hollywood fodder. But buried inside the glut of toxic gossip, star salaries, and Emma Stone’s junior high school pictures are emails that tie together Sony CEO Michael Lynton, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Peter Zumthor’s proposed design for the LACMA campus.

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Renzo Piano designs a handbag replica of his new Whitney Museum of American Art

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Product
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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(Montage by AN)

(Montage by AN)

The new Whitney Museum of American Art is opening on Friday, May 1. (Get your sneak peek inside the museum over here!) But a whopping 28,000 ton museum isn’t the only thing Renzo Piano has up his sleeve—he’s also designed the must-have fashion accessory with which to be seen browsing art at Manhattan’s newest Meatpacking District hotspot. Behold, the “Whitney Bag.”

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Pictorial> Here’s your first glimpse inside Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum

Catwalks on the building's east side offer views of the museum and the surrounding city. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Catwalks on the building’s east side offer views of the museum and the surrounding city. (Branden Klayko / AN)

On May 1, the southern terminus of the High Line will have a true anchor tenant. Renzo Piano‘s towering new Whitney Museum for American Art will throw open its glass doors—or at least unlock the revolving ones—as tourists and eager New Yorkers alike throng in for a look around the highly anticipated gallery spaces. Until then, here’s a peek at the the museum, inside and out, from a press junket on Thursday.

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Guggenheim unveils new renderings & details for finalists in its Helsinki competition

Architecture, International, Media
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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The six finalists. (COURTESY THE GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION & MALCOLM READING CONSULTANTS

The six finalists. (COURTESY THE GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION & MALCOLM READING CONSULTANTS

Near the end of last year, the Guggenheim Foundation announced the six finalists in its global competition to design its new campus in Helsinki. That open call for ideas attracted more than 1,700 submissions that, when compiled together, created a dizzying array of architectural eye-candy. The basic idea behind the foundation’s unprecedented competition was to find an iconic, tourist-attracting design like Frank Gehry’s metallic creation in Bilbao.

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More in Milan: Rem Koolhaas’ arts complex for Prada brings together old and new—with gold

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Should you be looking for yet another reason to add Milan to your architectural travel itinerary, the Prada Foundation is scheduled to open its many doors to the public on May 9. Designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, the campus—part new construction, part rehabbed structures—will include 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, a theater, a children’s area, a restaurant, and library.

And Rem plans to wrap another building in gold leaf.

Separated at birth: A reader spots the Whitney’s carbon copy predecessor

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This “separated at birth” image came to us via architect Ken Saylor who noticed a quirky doppelganger for Renzo Piano‘s about-to-open Whitney Museum. Anyone have other Whitney comparisons? Leave them in the comments below.

Biomimicry guides the design of Shanghai’s new nautilus-shaped museum of natural history

Shanghai Natural History Museum (©Steinkamp Photography)

Shanghai Natural History Museum. (Steinkamp Photography)

This weekend a Shanghai museum got a new home, and its design takes a major cue from nature. The Shanghai Natural History Museum wraps 479,180 square feet of exhibition space with facades inspired by the elements, natural phenomena, and the biological structure of cells.

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Olson Kundig Merges Western History and Modern Art

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Olson Kundig's extension to the Tacoma Art Museum comprises a new entrance canopy and a Richlite-clad gallery wing. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Olson Kundig’s extension to the Tacoma Art Museum comprises a new entrance canopy and a Richlite-clad gallery wing. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Richlite-clad museum expansion inspired by industrial context and Old West art collection.

Commissioned to craft an extension to the Antoine Predock–designed Tacoma Art Museum, Olson Kundig Architects sought inspiration in both the history of the site and the art collection itself. Located in the city’s Union Depot/Warehouse historic district, the museum is surrounded by brick buildings formerly dedicated to industry and transportation. “The new addition needed to respond to both the neighborhood context as well as the existing building,” explained design principal Tom Kundig. “It has clean lines that recall the existing structure but recalls more directly the natural, earthy materials found in the neighborhood.” In contrast to the stainless steel-clad original wing, which houses the museum’s modern art collection, the new wing—dedicated to the art of the American West—is wrapped in layers of Richlite sunscreens. “The addition’s use of exterior shutters references symbols of the American West—fences, filtered barn light, and railroad box cars,” said Kundig. “It’s fitting that the Haub Family’s Western American Art collection now sits at the westernmost terminus of the rail line established by President Lincoln.”

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Peter Zumthor “reins it in” with updates to his Los Angeles art museum proposal

Architecture, News, West
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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(Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner)

(Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner)

Peter Zumthor’s $ 600 million plan for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is changing. Again. According to a piece in the Los Angeles Times, the sprawling and curving black form has been angled off, weighted to the south, and outfitted with greyish, double-height galleries poking up above the main mass’ roofline.

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Chicago’s Field Museum becomes just second such building to get Gold under LEED EB O+M

Chicago's Field Museum (GoCal83 via Flickr)

Chicago’s Field Museum (GoCal83 via Flickr)

Chicago‘s natural history museum, the Field Museum, announced Monday it has earned a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council under the LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB O+M) program, becoming just the second museum in the nation to do so. (The Madison Children’s Museum is the other.)

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After a year-long search, the Met chooses David Chipperfield to design the museum’s new wing

The Met. (Flickr / Andrew Mace)

The Met. (Flickr / Andrew Mace)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that David Chipperfield has been selected to “develop a new design for the Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art, and potentially for adjacent galleries for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, as well as additional operational spaces.”

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Comment> The Met Plaza redesign undermines the institution’s civic grandeur

The old Met plaza. (Courtesy Paul Gunther)

The old Met plaza. (Courtesy Paul Gunther)

In February of the year 2012, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art first announced the redesign of the City-owned Fifth Avenue-fronted plaza along its grand McKim, Mead & White Beaux-Arts facade, there was little opposition from preservationists. A $65 million underwriting pledge from museum trustee, David H. Koch, catalyzed the selected competitive plan from Philadelphia-based OLIN. It proceeded through the approval process with relative dispatch.

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