Located only 300 meters Southeast of the Parthenon, with an exhibition space of 14,000 square meters and a cost of €130 million, the New Acropolis Museum houses some of the most famous works of classical antiquity. It aims at providing the visitors with a comprehensive picture of the human presence on the Acropolis, from the pre-historic times through late Antiquity, with the advantage of being built on the slope of the Acropolis itself.
Designed as a single-family residence combined with a dance studio, this three-story reinforced concrete building is private and open to the sky, and best of all it has plenty of parking, which comes at a premium in Japan.
Thirty years after Max Ernst’s death, his home town of Brühl opened a museum for their prodigal son. It has been set up in the former Brühl Pavilion, a neoclassical palais built in 1844, where Ernst went dancing as a schoolboy.
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Model of Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA, by Renzo Piano
German architectural photographer, Michael Schnell, has completed a series on two museums dedicated to the car in Stuttgart, the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum. The structure of the Mercedes Museum is based on a cloverleaf. The semi-circular floors rotate around the central atrium forming horizontal plateaus which alternate in different heights. The Porsche Museum is designed to convey a sense of arrival and approachability, and to guide the visitors smoothly from the basement level into the superstructure.
This house does not look like the house. The shape of the house traces the boundary of the village. The village consists of six houses in all. The shape of the village could be done by making it by stone wall in old times. The project site is located on the north edge of the village that is in the prominent place, and makes the face of the village.
Horizontal House, Shiga, Japan, by Eastern Design Office., Inc
Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan has won a Yellow Pencil in this years D&DA Awards.
French architect and landscape designer Edouard François was encharged of the renovation and façade design of the Fouquet’s Barrière Hotel in Paris, which is located in one block facing Avenue des Champs Elysées. The architect mission was the general plan of the whole hotel, including courtyards, administration offices and a spa service, spread on different plots of the “golden triangle”, and the design of new facades for extensions. The surrounding area is the most elegant and expensive of the whole metropolis, and very significant in terms of architecture and relation with the context.
The Saphire Gallery is a residential gallery addition to a private residence. It is designed to display a private collection of contemporary art while also providing for a home office with views to the sorrounding hills.
The new structure is grafted onto the circulation spine of the existing house and lifted off the ground to provide a minimal footprint. Freeing the ground plane creates a new multi-functional hardscape/landscape area for the family that they use as carport, children’s play area, for art parties and video projections. A structural system of lightweight braced frames was developed.
The Johnson house, Pierre Koenig’s only building in Northern California, was built on a 20-by-20-foot grid. Glass curtain walls open the house to the landscaping and expansive views. A see-through central fireplace forms the centerpiece of the open-plan living-dining area.
Koenig’s additions in 1988 included two new bedrooms, filling the former carport and entry, and providing a new carport in an added wing. The project also involved stripping away a dropped ceiling, wood veneer paneling that hid the steel siding, bay windows, and Victorian-style beveled-glass doors.
“It’s absolutely, completely functional and complete and honest in the delight of its revealed structure. It’s so simple and beautiful, so unadorned. It’s direct and a joy to live in,” Cynthia Riebe says of the house. “I love the night light and how it changes, and the reflections through the interior and the exterior. There’s no boundary between the two.”
The house was restored and expanded by Cynthia and Fred Riebe during the 1990s with the help of Koenig himself. Structure: Steel-framed and steel-sided. The ceilings and exterior walls are unadorned, corrugated steel decking. Laminated wallboard sheathes the interior walls.