Category Archives: Landmarks

Pingtan Art Museum by MAD

By : Dennis Franklin | 29 Sep 2016 2:58 pm | Museums

The MAD architectural practice designed this artificial island hosting an art museum in the caves below the dune-like exterior. The project is located in a reservoir of the Pingtan Island in the Fujian province of China and there will be a narrow bridge offering access to the Art Museum. The dunes are made from concrete and they provide curved public spaces above on the rooftops while the interior is similar to that of a cave. The concrete walls will have…

Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES-Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 31 Jul 2016 10:45 am | Landmarks

The Wuxi Grand Theatre designed by PES-Architects is located on an artificial peninsula on the shore of the Taihu Lake in China and offers a placement similar to the Sydney Opera House and will probably become quite a landmark as well. The height of the building reaches 50 meters and the entire design is original enough to be comparable to a unique gigantic sculpture. There are eight roof wings spreading like petals over the facades to offer shading and also…

The International Cricket Hall of Fame by Turner

By : Dennis Franklin | 8 Apr 2016 3:14 am | Museums

The International Cricket Hall of Fame was designed by the Turner architectural practice as an extension of the Bradman museum in Bowral, Australia. The extension wishes to act as a compliment to the existing buildings which surround the Glebe Park oval and is located at its outer edge. Both ends of the curved wall are cantilevered and separated by a band of glazed windows floating a few centimeters above the ground. The east side offers a view and opening toward…

Museo Soumaya by Fernando Romero EnterprisE

By : Dennis Franklin | 29 Feb 2016 1:34 am | Museums

Mouseo Soumaya is one of the landmarks of Mexico City and it was commissioned by the business magnate Carlos Slim Helu as an art museum housing his private collection and thus giving the city access to one of the most significant art collections in the entire Latin America. The project was designed by Fernando Romero EnterprisE (FREE) which is led by Helu’s son-in-law and its façade was originally considered impossible to build being covered in 16000 hexagonal aluminum tiles to…

Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid

By : Dennis Franklin | 8 Jan 2016 10:19 pm | Museums

The Messner Mountain Museum’s sixth structure at Plan de Corona was designed by the famous architectural practice of Zaha Hadid with the collaboration of Reinhold Messner who is one of the most renowned mountain climbers in the world. The project will become a part of the Kronplatz mound which is a world heritage site in the south Tyrol that also hosts one of the best ski resorts in the province. The new museum offers a 240 degree view of the…

Museum of Bavarian History by modostudio

By : Dennis Franklin | 15 Dec 2015 9:04 pm | Monuments

This project is a proposed design created by the modostudio for the Museum of Bavarian History located close to the Danube River passing through Regensburg, Germany. The structure is a single volume with a gabled roof that goes all the way to the ground as a reminiscence of the cathedral roofs of the salt banks which are common in the region. The ancient traditional architecture of the area was combined by the designers with the biergarten style offering a place…

The Bicentennial Torch in Guanajuato, México

By : Mark V | 6 Dec 2015 8:27 pm | Landmarks, Monuments

The Bicentennial Torch was recently completed and it’s now fully operational in Guanajuato, Mexico. The theme the designer Jose Clemente Orozco picked is inspired by the mural “Lucha social” (in English: “Social struggle”).The torch is held by Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the leader of the independence, who leads the insurrection with the flaming torch in hand. The monument is a 45 meter tall structure that highlights the main entrance to the city of Leon in Guanajuato,Mexico. The steel structure…

Amparo Museum by TEN Arquitectos

By : Dennis Franklin | 12 Jul 2015 8:06 am | Museums

Located in the historical center of the Puebla city in Mexico, the Amparo Museum was rehabilitated and resized by the practice of TEN Arquitectos and it contains several colonial buildings that are historically and architecturally priceless. The museum displays 4800 pre-Hispanic pieces from different sources and there is also a collection of baroque art and one of contemporary art which has works by the most important Mexican artists. TEN Arquitectos worked on the architectonic modernization and also on an updated…

Imperial War Museum North in Greater Manchester

By : Mark V | 1 Jul 2015 3:23 am | Landmarks, Museums

The Imperial War Museum North is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England and it is sometimes referred to as IWM North. Daniel Libeskind designed the museum that opened in July 2002.In its first year of opening the museum received about 470.000 visitors. Although the museum was appreciated for its architecture-being nominated with different awards and prizes, it has also received its share of critiques because it is not energy efficient. The museum has an interesting…

Passive Solar Ordos Museum Inspired by the Gobi Desert

By : Mark V | 25 Jun 2015 12:46 am | Museums

Located in China, the Passive Solar Ordos Museum is famous for its futuristic aspect due to the curved metal that was used in the design of the building. MAD Architects led the project and the museum was designed in 2005, built to host the local cultural relics. The museum also uses sustainable design ,climate control and the façade is made from metal louvers. Ordos is the city where the museum is located and it`s under a constant development,the urban influences…

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