2019 – This year, David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano and Bjarke Ingels will be popping champagne on the inauguration of their long awaited projects. We rounded up 8 new museums opening in 2019. Make sure to visit them if you happen to be in New York, Shanghai, Doha or Oslo!
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Bauhaus Museum by Addenda Architects
On the centenary of the Bauhaus architecture and design movement, Barcelona-based Addenda Architects will inaugurate the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany, featuring one of the largest collections in the world. The building is composed of a long, rectangular concrete bridge structure ‘floating’ inside a glass shell or curtain wall. The project relates to the movement’s principles; indeed, the studio worked on the museum as a collective according to the spirit of the Bauhaus school.
Kistefos Museum by Bjarke Ingels Group
Danish architecture firm BIG is completing an art museum that twists across the Randselva river in a sculpture park near Oslo, Norway. The 1.400 sqm Kistefos Museum will nest stacked galleries, a terrace and multifunctional areas. A glazed elevation morphs from being vertical along the east facade to horizontal at the top of its southern end. “With the inhabited bridge, we stumbled upon our first experiment with social infrastructure – a building that serves as a bridge – or a cultural institution that serves as a piece of infrastructure,” explains Bjarke Ingels.
M+ by Herzog & de Meuron
Hong Kong, China.
M+ is set to become one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. The 60.000 sqm cultural centre overlooking Victoria Harbour will be dedicated to 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture, and the moving image. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron with TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK, the design is made up of a semi-transparent tower housing a research centre, shops and restaurants, and a horizontal slab filled with exhibition galleries. A central plaza will provide direct access to the entire exhibition area.
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures by Renzo Piano
Los Angeles, USA.
When it will open on the famed Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures “will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies and moviemaking”. The larger portion of the museum designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop will take in the 1930s May Company Building, which is being renovated and upgraded to hold the bulk of exhibition spaces. A new spherical addition will accommodate a 1.000-seat theatre and a dome-covered terrace with views of the Hollywood Hills.
The Shed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
New York City, USA.
Opening in spring, The Shed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group “is designed to physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas”. The 18.500 sqm art centre is an eight-level base explandable building along the Highline which will feature two levels of gallery space, a versatile theater, a rehearsal space, a creative lab, and a skylit event space. The building is able to expand and contract by gliding the telescoping shell on rails onto an adjoining plaza to double its footprint for large-scale performances, installations, and events.
Qatar National Museum by Jean Nouvel
It was about time! Finally Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar will open to the public. Inspired by rose-like formations of crystal that appear in the desert sand, “the building represents modernity and the audacity of this country but it also refers to its ancient history. That’s why I choose a symbolic image that evokes the passage of time” said Jean Nouvel. The Museum is composed of a ring of low-lying and linked pavilions, which encircle a large courtyard area and an existing palace.
Statue of Liberty Museum by FX Collaborative
New York City, USA.
Due to open May, the Statue of Liberty Museum by FX Collaborative will feature historical artifacts such as the statue’s original torch. “Materials native to the Island and used in the original construction of the Statue of Liberty and Fort Wood, including granite, bronze and plaster. A variety of native vegetation, enrich the interior and exterior spaces”. The 25.000 sqm space will be topped by with a green viewing deck looking back on the statue itself. “Its angular forms and spaces are shaped by expansive views and the irregularity of the water’s edge.”
West Bund Art Museum by David Chipperfield
From Paris to Shanghai. Centre Pompidou is set to open an outpost on the iconic Shanghai Corniche in David Chipperfield’s West Bund Art Museum. The project is part of a China-France cultural exchange and a massive masterplan envisaging a new cultural district over nine square kilometres of former industrial land on the Xuhui waterfront. Composed of three 18-metre-tall gallery volumes, the 25.000-square-metre museum is centred around a three-storey lobby with a soaring triple-height atrium.