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  • Fire Museum – Żory / OVO Grabczewscy Architects

    Fire Museum – Żory / OVO Grabczewscy Architects

    Once a year, the residents of the picturesque Polish town of Żory march through the streets of the medieval Old Town, their flaming torches casting shadows in the night. There is debate about the origins of this Festival of Fire; some say it is derived from Żory's settlement in the thirteenth century, when forests were burnt to the ground to create agricultural land. Others say that it comes from the strategically located township's besieged history, or that it commemorates the Great Fire of 1702, which nearly destroyed the thriving regional centre. Regardless, everyone agrees that Żory's history and identity is bound up in flames; even the word Żory itself translates to 'heat'.

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  • Renzo Piano's Harvard Art Museums

    Renzo Piano's Harvard Art Museums

    It's hard to imagine any other architect who could match Renzo Piano's skill, dexterity and imagination when it comes to the Harvard Art Museums project. Confronted with a confined space, difficult neighbours and a high profile client, Piano has carried out a fiendishly challenging consolidation of assorted museums, resulting in a coherent whole. Without Piano's light touch, renowned versatility of design, and sensitivity to existing structures, the masterful result is unimaginable. 

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  • Specifier Magazine Issue 116

    Specifier Magazine Issue 116

    The New Art Museums of Rio / House of Music / JA Curve Church / Fairfield Hacienda / Florence St / North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club / The Ozone House / UTS Great Hall / 2014 Venice Biennale / Meet David Karotkin

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  • Viva Brazil

    Viva Brazil

    With the FIFA world cup winding down and preparation for the Olympics ramping up, all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro. Investment has been poured into infrastructure and architecture; 145 highrise buildings are currently under construction, while a further 115 are in the planning stage. Yet while new skyscrapers and stadiums dominate the headlines, Rio’s art scene has recently welcomed two important works of public architecture – the Cidade das Artes and the Museum of Image and Sound (MIS).

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  • Renzo Piano's Kimbell Art Museum extension

    Renzo Piano's Kimbell Art Museum extension

    Renzo Piano has designed an extension for Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum

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  • Denmark's Maritime Museum

    Denmark's Maritime Museum

    A maritime museum is the latest addition to Helsingør's 'Culture Yard', in the shadow of Hamlet's Castle.

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  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    Museum of Contemporary Art

    The Museum of Contemporary Art has the most glorious double frontage in Sydney, overlooking both Circular Quay and the Rocks. Yet the shortcomings of its structure – a 1930s designed sandstone block, formerly the home of the Maritime Services Board – were exacerbated as the museum’s exhibitions, and its crowds, expanded. Poor circulation and access, a cramped foyer, and a façade that didn’t immediately indicate the presence of contemporary art, were increasingly problematic. A long-delayed $53 million redevelopment, designed by Sam Marshall in association with the New South Wales Government Architect’s Office, was completed in 2012.

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  • The New Rijksmuseum

    The New Rijksmuseum

    After a decade-long closure, Amsterdam’s monumental Rijksmuseum has reopened, with an astute overhaul by Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz that values both the building’s past and future.

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  • 2013 Pritzker Prize Winner: Toyo Ito

    2013 Pritzker Prize Winner: Toyo Ito

    Toyo Ito has been awarded this year’s Prtizker Prize, becoming the 37th recipient of the architectural world’s highest honour. Describing him as a ‘creator of timeless buildings,’ the Pritzker Jury lauded Ito’s ability to create architecture that ‘projects an air of optimism, lightness and joy, and is infused with both a sense of uniqueness and universality.’

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  • China Wood Sculpture Museum / MAD Architects

    China Wood Sculpture Museum / MAD Architects

    Long, sleek, and sinuous like a snake, the China Wood Sculpture Museum coils itself into the urban domain and stretches wide, opening its doors to welcome guests in the icy city of Harbin, China.  Located in the Heilongjiang province, Harbin is home to an International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival and Ice Lantern artworks. Adding to the cultural attractions of the region, the China Wood Sculpture Museum is open all year-round and offers both residents and visitors the freedom to develop their own experience inside the warmth and light of this magnificent space.

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