Berlin’s Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Competition

  A Church Ruin as Reconciliation Memorial   View of winning design from south ©Heninghan Peng Architects     For those tourists visiting Berlin today, the sudden approach to the ruins of a 1895 church building located on the city’s downtown Breitscheidplatz would certainly arouse their curiosity. One of the few remaining relics of World War II in the city, the ...
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Düsseldorf “New Heart” Tower Competition

  Architecture as a Unifying Concept   1st Place – UNStudio  Image: ©Aerial image: ©die developer Projektentwicklung GmbH     As attractive as some of our most famous towers might appear, they do have a serious downside according to some observers: ‘they suck the life out of the street.’ This has not gone unnoticed, as some cities have required setbacks as ...
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Take Back the City Competition

  Belfast Looks Toward an Equitable and Sustainable Housing Model   Birdseye view of Mackie site ©Matthew Lloyd Architects   If one were to look for a theme that is common to most affordable housing models, public access has been based primarily on income, or to be more precise, the very lack of it. Here it is no different, with ...
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Dallas Tabs Nieto Sobejano as Choice For Museum Redesign

Six Firms Competed to Rethink the Future of a Major Museum

 

Note: Our article of three weeks ago, announcing the designs of the six firms competing in this competition, apparently only reached about half of our subscribers due to a glitch in our provider's software. Therefore, we felt the need to include most of that article here to serve as background for the naming of the winner, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos of Madrid/Berlin. 

 

 


Aerial view of winning design ©Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (courtesy Malcolm Reading Consultants)

 

 

The history of the Dallas Museum of Art’s expansion has been punctuated by several moves, culminating in a new building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in 1984. The importance of this move to a new, somewhat desolate location in the city cannot be underestimated: it has led to the revitalization of what is now called the “Arts District,” with the relocation of various arts institutions to new facilities: the opera house (Foster and Partners), Dee and Charles Wyly Performing Arts Theater (REX/OMA), Nasher Sculpture Center (Renzo Piano), and I.M. Pei’s Meyerson Symphony Center being among the most significant. 

 


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As has been the case with numerous art museums, demands for more space to enable the showing of an expanding inventory. together with recognition that art is not just for the elites, has led those institutions to rethink how a museum should function in modern day society. With new high-rise buildings surrounding the present DMA, the present building, with an Indiana limestone facade, had to some “become unwelcoming, off-putting, and defensive.” To address this issue, both for expansion and refurbishment of the existing DMA, the Trustees looked to a competition to bring the best ideas for the new project. This decision should be seen against the background of a local/regional context: Dallas’s nearby, smaller neighbor, Fort Worth, had been at the forefront of museum design on the national and international scene when it came to museum design. Louis Kahn’s Kimball Museum (1972) was a pilgrimage destination for young architects, and Tadeo Ando’s Museum of Modern Art there had been the result of a competition (1997).

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Reimagining the Dallas Museum of Art

  Six Firms Compete to Rethink the Future of a Major Museum   (The scheduled announcement of the competition winner is to occur in August. Until that time we will refrain from commenting on the merits of the individual entries. In viewing the presentation boards of the six shortlisted firms below, readers should not draw any conclusions as ...
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Four Plans to Unify Disparate Parts of the Portland Museum of Art’s Campus

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Rafael Viñoly: Buoyed by His Early Successes in Competitions

    Figure 1 Industrial Union Tower (1967)   Rafael already made a name for himself in the late sixties as a university student in Buenos Aires. While I was a student serving as an intern in a downtown office in Buenos Aires, one of my peers came back with a story about an incident during his university exam ...
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Butrint National Visitor Center, Albania

  Courtesy Malcolm Reading Consultants, ©Kengo Kuma & Associates   A UNESCO World Heritage Site Again on the World Stage   How does one approach a challenge when creating a design worthy of a park with a history dating back to antiquity? This was what four design teams faced when shortlisted for the design of a Visitor Center for the ...
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A Korean Heritage Site Sets the Tone

  Chungji National Heritage Museum Competition       For those unfamiliar with Korean Heritage and its symbols, the choice of the jury for a new complex to house artifacts, now located at various scattered sites, would seem to beg more information, especially when one views the designs of the non-selected finalists—all quite modern. Some of this can certainly be ...
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Bringing Design and Construction in Closer Proximity

  University of Florida’s College of Design Construction and Planning’s New Addition   Development phase image courtesy ©Brooks + Scarpa   If architects have had one complaint concerning the planning and realization of a project, it has been with planners and especially construction managers, both of whom often display a lack of knowledge about architecture. The survival of a well-conceived ...
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