Peek inside the new Dorte Mandrup-designed Wadden Sea Centre
The newly redesigned Wadden Sea Centre is now in full operation at the Wadden Sea National Park, Denmark's largest national park and a UNESCO-appointed heritage site. Copenhagen-based Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, who designed the Sailing Tower in Aarhus and won the Träpriset prize for the... View full entry
Michael Maltzan's renderings of the expanded Hammer Museum reveal cautious, yet possibly ebullient design
After transforming from a cramped adjunct space to a fully fledged L.A. cultural hotspot in just a few decades, the Hammer Museum is expanding again thanks to Michael Maltzan, who has been gradually increasing and renovating the Hammer over the years via The Billy Wilder Theatre, the expanded... View full entry
First glimpse of Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura's Museo del Prado expansion scheme
The Museo del Prado in Madrid has big plans for its 200th anniversary celebration in 2019. Among those plans is an expansion of the museum campus and the restoration of the historic Salón de Reinos, all of which Foster + Partners and Spanish practice Rubio Arquitectura will be in charge of... View full entry
After rocky start, Frick Collection selects Selldorf Architects to take on renovation
“She’s somebody who has a clear vision of respect for historical buildings but at the same time has a clean, elegant, modernist aesthetic that is very much about welcoming visitors today,” said Ian Wardropper, the Frick’s director.
In coming up with a new design, Ms. Selldorf has been charged with improving circulation in the Frick’s galleries, library and public spaces, while maintaining the museum’s existing footprint and preserving its jewel-box character.
Prior plans for the museum's addition (designed by Davis Brody Bond) were dropped by the Frick in June of last year, partially due to a letter of protest written on behalf of 51 artists and architects. This past March, the Frick put forward an RFQ for a new revision plan, and now that Selldorf has... View full entry
LMN Architects' expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum is getting some local pushback
Seattle Art Museum hasn't exactly been forthcoming with details about its plans to build an extension on the Seattle Asian Art Museum into Volunteer Park—and some of the neighbors are already unhappy. [...]
"They're just grabbing public land and trying to keep it under wraps," said Cassandra Trimble, a neighbor who is starting a petition against the glassed-in structure planned for the east side of the building, designed by LMN Architects.
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The Brooklyn Bridge might get an expansion, if it can handle one
Now after escalating complaints, New York City transportation officials said on Monday that something would finally be done to solve the riddle of what they call “Times Square in the Sky.”...That something — if the crossing can take it — could be building a new path to alleviate congestion
But...any expansion of the promenade would most likely be complicated. “I have to tell you, every time we touch this 133-year-old bridge, it tends to be costly and complex.”
— The New York Times
The New York Times states that Aecom will begin a seven-month $370,000 engineering study this month to analyze how much weight the bridge can carry and explore expansion options.More on Archinect:The NYC that could have been – 'Never Built New York' to be released this fallCall it the Brooklyn... View full entry
Expansion of London City Airport granted planning permission
London City Airport has been given permission to go ahead with a $450m expansion plan that will fit it with seven extra stands, a parallel taxiway and an extended terminal.
The plan, which was approved by the government yesterday, will increase the airport’s capacity from 4.3 million passengers to 6.5 million by 2025.
The airport said the expansion would create “world-class terminal facilities, more space and facilitate a greater frequency of flights”.
Read more news and features about UK transport projects here:Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminalAfter Brexit, “the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects”Station to station: the architects behind Crossrail, Europe's biggest infrastructure project... View full entry
A bridge 57 years in the making, designed by Steven Holl
In 1959, Edward Durell Stone had envisioned a pedestrian walkway connecting his unbuilt design for the Kennedy Center to the Potomac River, but it was not until this year that Steven Holl Architects gained approval for the bridge, which is part of the firm's larger expansion design for the... View full entry
OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion in Quebec will finally open tomorrow
After winning the competition way back in July 2009, OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion is ready to make its public debut tomorrow. Nestled within Quebec City's 17th-century architecture and located at the historic National Battlefields Park, the Pavilion is the shiny new kid on the block with its... View full entry
Shigematsu-led OMA team to design Albright-Knox Art Gallery expansion
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture...has been chosen to design the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s first major expansion in more than 50 years...The comparatively delicate and more budget-conscious Albright-Knox expansion project, which is expected to cost about $60 million, will unfold on a small but famous plot of public parkland and will be attempt to fuse the architectural styles of three centuries.
— The Buffalo News
More on Archinect:Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Snøhetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied WorksShohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met for the spring Costume Institute exhibitA tour of OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion View full entry
"It’s almost as if they were getting revenge for what MoMA did to their Folk Art Museum" — TWBTA take on Charles Moore's Hood Museum
To those concerned about the renovation of the Hood Museum of Art, the situation is charged with paradox: The architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, who protested the Museum of Modern Art’s dismantling of the Folk Art Museum they designed in Manhattan, are now transforming the Hood, an award-winning museum designed by Charles Moore [...].
“It’s almost as if they were getting revenge for what MoMA did to their Folk Art Museum [...] It’s totally insensitive to the Moore building.”
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien previously in the Archinect news:"Starts with me, ends with us": A conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on Archinect Sessions Episode #22Tod Williams and Billie Tsien presented with National Medal of Arts by President ObamaTod Williams & Billie Tsien... View full entry
$6B expansion for Atlanta International Airport set to launch this year
Two giant, translucent canopies spanning several lanes of roadway and sidewalks outside the domestic terminal will be among the most visible aspects of a $6 billion expansion and renovation project at the world’s busiest airport during the next 20 years, officials announced last week.
Among other goals for the coming year: improving wait times for passenger security screenings...'Americans will not tolerate a one-hour wait as normal.'
— The Post and Courier
Previous airport-related news on Archinect:O’Hare airport announces $1.3B expansion dealA new LaGuardia is the "airport that New York deserves", says Gov. CuomoFancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next yearBeacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of... View full entry
Jean Nouvel's museum extension plans narrowly rejected in Geneva
The people of Geneva have narrowly rejected a controversial plan to extend and renovate the city’s Musée d’Art et d’Histoire by the French architect Jean Nouvel. The “non” camp won the public vote on 28 February with 54%.
Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris designed the planned extension, which was approved by Geneva’s municipal council last May, in collaboration with the local firms Architectures Jucker and DVK Architectes.[...]
The council must now launch a new competition for the museum.
Related Nouvel stories in the Archinect news:Jean Nouvel in NYMag profile: "I create a film in my head."Jean Nouvel's super-tall 53W53 MoMA tower is "still an art"Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris View full entry
How Chicago's reviving Chinatown is building upon its history
Most modern Chinatowns are serving less as a singular manifestation of Chinese-American life than as a central gathering place for people to experience Chinese culture...And indeed, Chinatowns themselves were often built on the ground of former ethnic enclaves that had organically dissolved...But as Chicago’s Chinatown demonstrates, this is not a predictable story. More than a hundred years after its founding, the neighborhood has a dynamism that can’t be neatly scripted.
— Next City
As Chinatowns across the U.S. succumb to gentrification and shifting cultural preferences, writer Anna Clark spotlights the particular booming growth and expansion taking place in Chicago's Chinatown.More in relation to urban growth:Shocker: New York tops list of most expensive cities for... View full entry
Norton Museum of Art breaks ground on Foster + Partners-designed expansion project
A ceremonial groundbreaking on February 6 marked the official kick off for construction of the ambitious Norton Museum of Art expansion in West Palm Beach, Florida. The event went hand-in-hand with the annual gala later that day celebrating the Museum’s 75th anniversary. Lord Foster, design... View full entry