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Revealed: Opening date for Scotland's first design museum, created by Kengo Kuma

V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, will open to the public on Saturday 15 September 2018, it has been revealed. New images of the Kengo Kuma-designed building have been released to coincide with the announcement, as have details of the museum’s inaugural exhibitions. Standing at the centre of the £1bn (US$1.3bn, €1.1bn) transformation of the city’s waterfront, once part of the docklands, V&A Dundee has been designed to evoke the dramatic cliffs of Scotland’s east coast. The museum will feature
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Kengo Kuma wins competition for Danish Water Culture Center as Copenhagen's cultural masterplan takes shape

Kengo Kuma’s extensive pipeline of public projects just got even longer, with his firm winning an international competition to design an aquatics centre on an artificial quay in Copenhagen’s harbour. The municipality has selected Kengo Kuma Associates to create the 5,000sq m (53,800sq ft) Danish Water Culture Center, ahead of four other shortlisted teams – BIG, 3XN Architects, AART Architects and ALA Architects. The project will be built on Christiansholm Island, one of the last undeveloped areas along the city’s
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Perkins+Will create science hub to anchor Suzhou culture district

A science museum in Suzhou, China, is to act as the centrepiece of a new cultural district in the city, with the design celebrating nature while highlighting the role of industrial development. Taking inspiration from its surroundings, the 600,000sq ft (56,000sq m) Suzhou Science & Technology Museum is inspired by the Chinese expression of "shan sui", which means “union of mountain and lake”. Forming an infinity loop, the Perkins+Will-designed building emerges from the nearby ‘Lion Mountain’, twisting back on itself
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Welcome to the Gucci Garden: Alessandro Michele celebrates luxury brand with restaurant and museum in Florentine palace

The creative director of Gucci has opened a restaurant, museum and gift shop dedicated to the luxury fashion house – in a 14th-century Florentine palace. Alessandro Michele decided to open the attraction, called Gucci Garden, as a fun and accessible introduction to the brand and “a hypnotic territory that alters the state of consciousness and perception". The attraction spans three floors within the Palazzo della Mercanzia, which previously housed a smaller Gucci museum. The newly designed space features a gift
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'A transition in time, space and memory': Architect behind Cyprus' national archaeology museum reveals design concept

Architect Theoni Xanthi has told CLADglobal how her team's vision for the national archaeology museum in Cyprus was inspired by “the materials that gave birth to Cypriot and Mediterranean culture”. The partner at Greek studio XZA Architects is leading the design of New Cyprus Museum – a project the firm won the project in a two-stage international competition held last year. Housing the nation’s treasures, the €49m (US$58.7m, £43.6m) building will replace the country’s current archaeological institution in Nicosia, which
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Barack Obama reveals revised plans for Presidential Center

Former US president Barack Obama has provided an update on his Presidential Center, promising to “create a campus for active citizenship in the heart of Chicago’s South Side”. The design, which was unveiled in May last year, has been created by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in partnership with Interactive Design Architects (IDEA). According to Obama and his wife, Michelle, the US$350m (€293m, £259.5m) Presidential Center – which is now taller and sleeker in appearance – will act as part
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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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Victims’ names carved around the edges of two acre-sized waterfall pools at the Memorial Plaza

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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Loraine Knowles

Interview: Completing the circle

We speak to the people behind Stonehenge's new visitor centre
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DPS have designed a series of 12 public gardens as part of the King’s Cross development in London

Interview: Dan Pearson

"It’s a public space that’s managed very beautifully and has a strong message of sustainability"

It’s a huge source of sadness that the Garden Bridge became as political as it did, says the project’s landscape designer
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Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners

Biomuseo

A year on from the opening of Frank Gehry’s museum of biodiversity in Panama, we speak to the people who made it happen
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The 70ft-high ‘tridents’ are on permament display in the pavilion, alongside information putting them into context

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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Long beams are angled to allow the maximum amount of natural light into the art galleries

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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