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Danish architects Adept win competition for new Berlin City Museum

A former union club for naval officers in Berlin is to be converted into a new city museum for the German capital. Designed by architectural practice Adept, Stadtmuseum Berlin at 'Marinehaus' will be "a cultural pivot that anchors the museum in the neighbourhood through exhibitions, workshops and as a community centre for the locals", according to the architects. Renderings show that the 7,800sq m (84,000sq ft) building's existing floors will be removed and replaced by a new interior wooden structure,
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BIG and Heatherwick Studio crowned at World Architecture Festival

BIG and Heatherwick Studio were among the winners on day one of the World Architecture Festival Awards in Amsterdam. The Audemars Piguet Hotel des Horlogers – designed by architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has been named the best building in the Future Projects Leisure Led Development award category at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF). The hotel, which is being constructed alongside the BIG-designed Audemars Piguet luxury watch museum in Le Brasuss, Switzerland will feature a zigzagging, ramp-like roof,
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Sandcastle-like Dune Museum opens on China’s Gold Coast

The Ullen Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA) has opened a sandcastle-like museum outside Beijing on China’s Gold Coast. Located in the Aranya Gold Coast Community on the shore of the Bohai Sea, UCCA Dune is the region’s first major contemporary art institution. Designed by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing of OPEN Architecture, UCCA Dune was created to evoke the sensation of "children’s tireless digging in the sand". It is almost entirely covered by windswept dunes and features a network of
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MO Museum opens its doors in Vilnius

MO Museum, a new modern art museum, has opened in Vilnius, Lithuania showcasing the 4,000-strong private collection of local philanthropists Viktoras and Danguole Butkus. Viktoras Butkus sold his biotechnology firm, Fermentas, to Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2010, which gave the couple "the financial platform to bring the concept to life", he said. Describing their vision as being to create a "museum without walls", the couple has been advised by Lithuanian curator Raminta Jurenaite. The museum celebrates the work of Lithuanian
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National Museum of Qatar on track for 2019 opening

The National Museum of Qatar – expected to become one of the princedom's most striking landmarks – will open its doors in March 2019. Designed by Pritzker award-winning architect Jean Nouvel and constructed by ASTAD Project Management, the new 40,000sq m building will be located on Doha Bay and encircle the recently refurbished old palace of Qatar’s founding father, Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani. The museum, which has been in development since 2015 and will be shaped like a desert
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Weiss/Manfredi to lead storm-resistant redesign of Artis–Naples cultural campus

Architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi have released the latest set of renderings for the Baker Museum Repair and Expansion Project – the first stage in the renovation of the Artis–Naples campus in Florida. The work is required to repair damage caused by Hurricane Irma, which flooded two floors of the institution in 2017. The estimated US$70m (€61.3m, £53.5m) Weiss/Manfredi redesign features storm-resistant stone and metal cladding. Other updates to the 8.5-acre cultural venue will include an enlarged foyer, new lecture and rehearsal
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The steel tridents inside the pavilion’s atrium

A Living Museum

"It’s extraordinary to take in the authenticity of the site, the enormity of the space, and begin to contemplate the narrative of the museum exhibit"

Behind the scenes of New York’s 9/11 Memorial Museum – a place of collective memory, learning and inclusion
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Memorial Plaza

A museum for everyone

"We set out by saying that our intention was to reflect the present with the Memorial Pavilion, whereas the two waterfalls going into the footprints of the two towers reflect the past"

Creating the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York involved meticulous planning. Its director Alice Greenwald tells us more
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The interstitial space is an important part of the design. Moreau and Kusunoki picture local people organising their own events and activities outside the museum

Interview: Moreau Kusunoki

Nicolas Moreau & Hiroko Kusunoki

"With big projects like this one, there’s always going to be controversy. Of course people are concerned"

The shock winners of the competition to design the Guggenheim Helsinki have kept a low profile – until now. Magali Robathan goes to Paris to meet them
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A new home

The team behind the Design Museum’s new London home describe a unique partnership
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Architect Morten Schmidt, left, and artist James Turrell are collaborating on an installation for the ARos Aarhus Art Museum, called The Next Level

Interview: James Turrell and Morten Schmidt

"We will create an experience of real colour and energy"

Using colour and energy for their vast ARos Aarhus Art Museum installation
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The inverted dome allows natural light to flood into the atrium and provides views of the day and night sky

Interview: Stargazing

"We want this museum to be modern while at the same time referencing China’s strong history in astronomy"

Ennead partner Thomas Wong tells us how he looked to the skies for inspiration for the winning Shanghai Planetarium design
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TIMELINE: The long road to a ‘new’ Stonehenge

Interview: Completing the circle

We speak to the people behind Stonehenge's new visitor centre
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