A fragment of the Robin Hood Gardens housing estate salvaged from the demolition site by London’s V&A museum is to be transported to Italy and displayed at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.
The V&A acquired a three-storey section of the estate last year in addition to the fragment it will take to Venice when demolition work on the brutalist social housing estate began. Continue reading “V&A to salvage wreckage for Venice Architecture Biennale”
If there is one new museum to see, it’s this one. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is by far the most impressive piece of architecture and culture in North America because it is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Continue reading “The National Museum of African American History and Culture”
Several months ago, I finally got to experience the Guggenheim in New York City. It was definitely on my bucket lists of architectural structures. After studying its architecture and interior design in school and seeing this epic building in person, all the small details and stories about came rushing back to me. What really surprised me was that I got vertigo. I was having such a hard time finding my level because of the constant slant. I also went up the elevator straight to the top and worked my way down (the way it was designed to show artwork) and then realized half-way that I was supposed to work my way up from the bottom. Continue reading “Guggenheim: Art, Design and Architecture”
On my recent trip to New York, I visited the newly designed Whitney Museum. Not really knowing how the collections were organized, I went to the top and decided to work my way down. There was a family in the elevator with me and they also had the same plan. I told them, I was going to do the same. Then, surprisingly, they asked me if I had seen another exhibit in New York that was getting rave reviews. I didn’t want to blow my cover that I was a visiting Canadian, and said, not yet. Continue reading “On Partial View by Laura Owen”
For 100 years, the town of Helsingør was one of the greatest shipyards of the Danish ship building nation. It covered the whole area between the town to the historic Kronborg Castle. After the industrial era ended, the town redefined itself with an ambitious project: Cultural harbor Kronborg.
Within this revitalization, sits the Danish National Maritime Museum designed by BIG Architects. The building carves itself into the 60 year old dock walls to create a place that is unique in history and spatial context.
Like a subterranean museum in a dry dock, the galleries are placed below ground and are arranged in a continuous loop around the walls – making the dock the centerpiece of the exhibition. An open, outdoor area where visitors experience the scale of ship building.
A series of three double-level bridges span the dry dock, serving both as an urban connection, as well as providing visitors with short-cuts to different sections of the museum. The harbor bridge closes off the dock while serving as harbor promenade; the museum’s auditorium serves as a bridge connecting the adjacent Culture Yard with the Kronborg Castle; and the sloping zig-zag bridge navigates visitors to the main entrance.
All floors connect exhibition spaces with the auditorium, classroom, offices, café and the dock floor within the museum which slopes gently creating exciting and sculptural spaces.
This bridge unites the old and new as the visitors descend into the museum space overlooking the majestic surroundings above and below ground. The long and noble history of the Danish Maritime unfolds in a continuous motion within and around the dock, 7 meters (23 ft.) below the ground.
Photos by Rasmus Hjortshoj and Luca Santiago Mora
Architect and illustrator André Chiote has created a series of graphics that aims to outline the distinctive qualities of buildings while paying homage to the iconic architectural museums around the world.
The previously restored warehouse showcases an exhibition area and open space suitable for events and gatherings centered around the culture of the roasted drink.
The concept for the composition links the edifice to the other areas in the organization through strong themes and forms.
The building is conceived as an open square at the crossing point of the three main city forces, old and new city and the park, a flexible “object” that allows different activities inside and around it.