An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about museums

Product • By O/M LightUw


The elegant Uw's asymmetrical reflector, developed with Bartenbach GmbH, drapes walls with a uniform sheet of light. Use it to wash vertical surfaces, to intensify textures and to enrich features, ideal for showcasing art and wall displays. The made-to-measure Uw extends endlessly, or can also be used small in segments to accent details. More

Project • By AARTMuseums

Viking Age Museum

With its unique finds from the Viking Age, including the world’s oldest and best-preserved Viking ships, the Viking Age Museum in Oslo has been hailed as one of the world’s most important museums. It contains Norway’s most important contribution to our world’s cultural heritage, and with the coming expansion and remodeling of the museum, it will be further elevated from a national museum to a leading international knowledge centre for the dissemination of knowledge about the Viking Age. Caption "The proposal provides an excellent solution to a complicated challenge. All with a focus on preserving our unique, highly popular Viking collection, which is one of the most important cultural monuments in the world,"-... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersRestaurants

Planet Word

Planet Word features three floors of interactive galleries and exhibits to engage visitors of all ages in experiencing words and language from a wide range of perspectives. BBB oversaw the preservation and rehabilitation of the Renaissance Revival building designed by Adolf Cluss, which is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Opened in 1869 as the cornerstone of a comprehensive system of segregated education for the city of Washington, the school was chosen to house Planet Word for its rich history in public education and historic connection to the museum's mission. It was here that Alexander Graham Bell made the first wireless transmission of the human voice — words — using a Photophone, a precursor to fiber-optic techno... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersCultural Centres

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is housed in several historic brick industrial buildings along the Norwalk River and adjacent to the vibrant South Norwalk downtown historic district. BBB was engaged to design several new additions and renovation projects in response to the replacement of an aging railroad bridge that previously bisected the Aquarium campus. Building additions will utilize previously unoccupied portions of the Aquarium site, located away from the bridge construction area, and will improve and modernize the Aquarium’s facilities and exhibits. The contemporary design of the additions, emphasizing transparency and light, is an intentional contrast to the heavy brick walls of the existing buildings while also complementin... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersOffices

National Urban League

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The new building is a collaboration of private, public, and state organizations, and will house the Urban Civil Rights Museum Experience and the National Urban League Institute for Race, Equity and Justice in addition to the National Urban League’s headquarters. Caption The building will also feature retail, 90,000 SF of office space, and 171 affordable apartments to be constructed with support from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The rational and urbane articulation of the curtain wall and massing expresses the different uses on 125th Str... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersOffices

NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Ongoing renovations at this New York City and National Historic Landmark in midtown Manhattan will enable the library to provide a greater range of public facing-programs, exhibitions, and amenities, augment research facilities, and improve logistics and services for its many constituents as the building continues into its second century. Spaces formerly serving back-of-house uses are restored for public use—including the Center for Research in the Humanities, dedicated to research and scholarly work. Other proposed enhancements include the Marshall Rose Plaza, a new public entrance and terrace, new exhibition, retail, and café functions, as well as adding vertical circulation and upgrading building systems, all in deference to... More

Project • By MecanooLibraries

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library

SNFL is a new-generation library for all New Yorkers, with special facilities for young users, adult learning, and business. It offers the perfect contemporary complement to NYPL’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (SASB), located across Fifth Avenue from SNFL. SASB opened in 1911, designed by architects Carrère & Hastings in a glorious Beaux-Art style, and receives over 1.7 million visits a year as the mothership of NYPL’s reference collections. New features at SNFL reflect this harmony between the buildings: long tables that recall the impressive scale of those in SASB’s Rose Main Reading Room, ceiling artwork in the Long Room that echoes the neo-classical paintings set in SASB’s ceilings, and... More

Project • By QPROExhibition Centres

Eltsin Centre

MFC “Eltsin Centre” – is a complex humanitarian cultural learning location formed by a museum, a library, a convention centre, a bookshop, a children`s scientific park and university etc. The construction of the building with a semi-transparent facade implies good illumination of the inner space. The rooms of MFC “Eltsin Centre” are full of air due to day-lighting in the building – so we had to maintain this perception of easiness with the help of light. Concert and Show Hall AgoraThis space is used as a multiservice one and the lighting concept was designed considering two alternatives: basic lighting – ambient steady light for dancing or cocktails. TV shooting – ambient steady light wi... More

Project • By AshariArchitectsCultural Centres

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Project • By Studio GangExhibition Centres

American Museum of Natural History, Gilder Center

The latest addition to New York’s historic American Museum of Natural History, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will embody the Museum’s integrated mission of science education and exhibition.   At a time of urgent need for better public understanding of science and greater access to science education, the Gilder Center will offer new ways to learn about our world and share in the excitement of scientific discovery.   The design for the Gilder Center reclaims the physical heart of the museum and completes connections between existing galleries that were originally envisioned in the museum’s campus master plan. Visitor circulation is enhanced to better accommodate the museum’s rising annual attendance, which o... More

Project • By Kuth Ranieri ArchitectsMuseums

Randall Museum

A Joint Venture Project with Pfau Long ArchitectureThe exhibit areas and many public areas of the Randall Museum, a free science and art museum for San Francisco's children, have not been updated since the 32,000-square-foot building (originally designed by William Merchant) opened in 1951. Focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area’s cultures and environment, the museum is one of the city park department’s most popular facilities.A new “tree wall” of shaped glue-laminated timbers redefines the live animal exhibit area perimeter on the main floor. The designers flipped and alternated two shapes of glue-lam columns to create a series of bays within the wall that house study stations, live raptor cages, and vitrines. A graphic donor wall is incor... More

Project • By Carmody Groarke Ltd.Museums

Windermere Jetty Museum

The new museum houses an internationally significant boat collection on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District National Park. It includes exhibition spaces for the display of steam launches, motorboats, yachts and other vessels telling the stories of their construction and use on the lake. The site repurposes a historic gravel-extraction plant, continuing the working life of the place with an active conservation programme of the boats. Emphasis is placed on the visitor experience amongst buildings in a park landscape that creates a connection between people, boats and water, as well as providing a reinterpretation of the site’s picturesque and industrial heritage.Rather than a singular huge building, a granular ensemble of smaller bu... More

Project • By ARCH-1Museums

Modern Art Centre in Vilnius

Modern art museum architecture. Designed for competition to be built in Vilnius, Lithuania. More

Project • By KUEHN MALVEZZIMuseums

Insectarium Montreal

Espace pour la vie, Canada’s largest natural science museum complex, appointed Kuehn Malvezzi alongside Montréal offices Pelletier de Fontenay and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes, jointly with Berlin-based landscape architects atelier le balto, to design the new Montréal Insectarium. The partnership won an international competition for the project with a concept to fuse architecture and nature in 2014.     The new insectarium replaces the city’s former insectarium building from 1990, and features detailed displays for preserved insects and habitats for live species to thrive. The design builds on detailed analysis of 400 years of museums, orangeries, greenhouses and other architectures for the categor... More

Project • By i29Museums

The Princessehof Museum

i29 transforms National Museum of Ceramics Princessehof in Leeuwarden, NLLeeuwarden is the European Capital of Culture 2018, and museum Princessehof celebrates its 100th birthday. This anniversary was the motive for a major renovation of the museum, with the goal of increasing its appeal and accessibility to visitors. i29 interior architects created a surprisingly modern interior in the monumental buildings, which date from the 18th century. The design features an entrance hall including the museum store and tearoom, the museum square and exhibition areas for the vast collections.The 18th century in 2018The main challenge was to create a welcoming and contemporary entrance area in the rather closed monumental buildings. A timeless interior... More