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BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France. BIG has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in Montpellier.

BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France

Rooted in the city’s long medical history and world renowned medical school, which dates back to the 10th century, the 7,800 sqm museum will “explore the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshops.” Its design, orchestrated by eight undulating forms which “weave together” to create an underlying continuous space, will serve as a mediator between nature and city – Charpak Park and the Montpellier city hall.

BIG Designs Spiralling Museum for Swiss Watchmaker. Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet have announced BIG as the designers for an extension to their headquarters in Le Brassus, near Le Chenit.

BIG Designs Spiralling Museum for Swiss Watchmaker

The design includes gallery spaces for a museum, work spaces and a guest house. Conceived as a spiralling glass pavilion embedded in the landscape, BIG’s design – entilted Maison des Fondateurs – will take visitors on a narrative journey through the company’s 139-year history. David Chipperfield's Museo Jumex photographed by Rory Gardiner. These new images by photographer Rory Gardiner capture the striking sawtooth form of the Mexico City gallery designed by architect David Chipperfield to host one of the largest modern art collections in Latin America.

David Chipperfield's Museo Jumex photographed by Rory Gardiner

Completed in 2013 and located in Mexico City's Nuevo Polanco, Museo Jumex is David Chipperfield Architects' first building in Latin America. It was recently named as one of six projects on the shortlist for the inaugural RIBA International Prize. The London firm collaborated with local studio TAAU on the design, which has a distinctive sawtooth roof, and walls made from concrete and white travertine.

The building hosts the Colección Jumex, a collection of over 2,000 artworks by contemporary artists including Jeff Koons, Olafur Eliasson, Tacita Dean, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Mario García Torres. The whole building is set on a platform and raised above a plaza on 14 broad columns. Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects Location: Baku, Azerbaijan Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher Project Designer And Architect: Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu Client: The Republic of Azerbaijan Area: 101801.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Iwan Baan, Hufton + Crow, Hélène Binet From the architect.

Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects

As part of the former Soviet Union, the urbanism and architecture of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan on the Western coast of the Caspian Sea, was heavily influenced by the planning of that era. Kengo Kuma adds folk-art galleries to China Academy of Arts. Thousands of curved tiles cover the gabled rooftops of the new folk-art galleries at the China Academy of Arts, designed by Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates to look like a small village (+ slideshow).

Kengo Kuma adds folk-art galleries to China Academy of Arts

The Folk Art Museum stands in a former tea plantation on the China Academy of Arts campus in Hangzhou, a city on China's eastern coast. To help embed the 5,000-square-metre building in the sloping terrain, Kengo Kuma's studio fragmented the museum into separate units that gradually step up towards the forested summit of the hill. Each section of the building is designed to look like a small house with its own pitched roof.

The House of Hungarian music by Wild Architecture. The House of Hungarian music is enveloped in a context of historical heritage.

The House of Hungarian music by Wild Architecture

Classified buildings in a near proximity, historical park populated by centenary trees constitute a straightjacket of inhibiting concerns. We decided to combine all these challenges and create a museum that combines building and landscape, history and innovation, surprise and explanation, research and narrative. BULDING The footprint of House of the Hungarian music was dictated by the position of the current layout in order to preserve as many existing trees as possible. The shape of the building was created as a result of various analysis: circulation in and around the site, building disposition according to the sun’s orientation and density of the park.

Rather than replacing the existing fl at landscape with a new building, we propose to create a new landscape. Renzo Piano to Convert Moscow Power Station into an Arts and Culture Center. Renzo Piano to Convert Moscow Power Station into an Arts and Culture Center The V-A-C Foundation has selected Renzo Piano Building Workshop to re-develop a two-hectare area in Moscow, converting a former power station into a center for contemporary arts and culture.

Renzo Piano to Convert Moscow Power Station into an Arts and Culture Center

Located on the Moskva river in the city’s Red October district, the GES2 power station was built in the early 1900s and once supplied energy to the city. The project envisions the recuperation of the power station’s original form as well as the reconfiguration of the entire site into a 150 meter by 150 meter square. The site will be divided into three sections: a welcoming area, an exhibition area and an educational area. David Adjaye Designs "Ruby City" for Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio. The Linda Pace Foundation has unveiled plans for a new building designed by Adjaye Associates.

David Adjaye Designs "Ruby City" for Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio

Planned to open in San Antonio, Texas in 2018, "Ruby City" will house the Foundation's growing collection of contemporary art. The two-story structure, clad in "crimson-hued panels of precast concrete with glass aggregate," will be distinct with its "dramatic rooftop of sloping angles and skylights that rise to varying heights and echo cut-away spaces at the building’s base. " “When I visited San Antonio in 2007, and met with Linda [Pace], we sketched out ideas and together, we envisioned a building that would resonate with her dream of the Ruby City," described David Adjaye in a press release.

"Like a city, the design offers an organic, heuristic encounter with the Foundation’s works and my hope is that it will become a place where artists and the wider community can be inspired to realize their own dreams through a meaningful experience with contemporary art.” Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design (518961) Design Museum Holon / Ron Arad Architects. Architects: Ron Arad Architects Ltd (RAAL) Location: Holon, Israel Principal Designer: Ron Arad Project Director: Asa Bruno Project Architect: James Foster Design Team: Marta Granda, Tavis Wright Structural Engineer: Harmel Engineering (IL) Executive Architect: Waxman Govrin (IL) Main Contractor: Green Construction Ltd (IL)Steel Band Contractor: Marzorati Ronchetti, (IT) Client: Holon Municipality Project Area: 4,100 sqm Budget: £11.1m: £2707/sqm Project Year: 2003-2010 Photographs: RAAL, Yael Pincus, Marzorati Ronchetti In March 2003, Ron Arad Architects (RAAL) were invited by the Municipality of Holon, to design and develop the first national Design Museum in Israel.

Design Museum Holon / Ron Arad Architects

The Design Museum Holon is intended as the national platform for the presentation of design, the creation of a significant exhibition collection, the reflection of Israeli design in the context of world design and the endorsement of the importance of design in a young emerging state. DESIGN MUSEUM HOLON BY RON ARAD ARCHITECTS.

“In March 2003, Ron Arad Architects were invited to design the first national Design Museum to be situated in a recently developed area of the city of Holon, a few miles south of Tel Aviv, designated to become a new cultural and educational hub for central Israel.


The local authority commissioned Ron Arad Architects to design a museum which is to be of an international standard, and with the important role of promoting the appreciation of design and architecture in Israel, and of Israeli design both locally and abroad. A collaborative programme-writing process between the Client, Ron Arad Architects and an independent programme writer was initiated, resulting in a detailed briefing document used as the theoretical and programmatic blueprint for the project. The Design Museum Holon (DMH) occupies a semi-rectangular 3,700m² site. Salvador Dali Museum / HOK. This week marked the grand opening for the Salvador Dali Museum in St.

Petersburg, Florida. The new building‘s 68,000 sqf doubles the size of the original one storey warehouse Dali Museum built in 1982. Utilizing free-form geodesic geometry, the triangulated glass organically flows around and attaches to the rigid unfinished concrete box, a play of hard and soft, protecting Dali’s paintings and simultaneously providing natural daylight and openness to the adjacent bay. This is the first use of this type of free-form geodesic geometry in the United States. Mesmerizing visitors within the museum is the coiled concrete form that greets them at the reception desk.