Zaha Hadid buries a museum in the peak of an Alpine mountain

Zaha Hadid has completed a museum for renowned climber Reinhold Messner at the top of Alpine peak Mount Kronplatz, featuring underground galleries and a viewing platform cantilevered over a valley.  The Messner Mountain Museum Corones is the final instalment in a series of six mountaintop museums built by Messner. “The idea [is] that visitors can descend into the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto the overhanging terrace with its spectacular, panoramic views from Zillertal Alps in the north to the Dolomites and South Tyrol,” Hadid explained.

Messner Mountain Museum Corones by Zaha Hadid Architects

Messner Mountain Museum

The new museum is an effort to keep the Kronplatz-Plan de Corones Ski Mountain attractive to tourists in both wintertime and summertime, as well as to the residents of the surrounding communities. Reinhold Messner’s 6th and last MMM-Museum opened on July 24th, 2015. ”The theme is rock and the great faces; the original, traditional mountain climbing is to rise again here. The particular thing about this museum is the combination of the location, the view, and the architecture,” explained Messner.

The architecture is unique. Walls, ceilings, and also architectural elements that are visible from the outside, such as the entry area, the panorama terrace and the panorama windows, are being encased with special ready-made concrete sections through the use of specially provided metal subconstructions.  The museum is laid out to a large extent underground on several levels, which is why at 1,000 square meters (11,000 square feet) construction is taking place on a comparatively small footprint. But 4,000 cubic meters (140,000 cubic feet) of earth have been moved. Thanks to this method, the museum keeps a constant temperature level in both summer and winter and thus is energy-efficient.


Hippie Modernism exhibition at the Walker Art Center to celebrate design’s trippy side

The architecture and design of the counterculture era has been overlooked, according to the curator of an upcoming exhibition dedicated to “Hippie Modernism.” The radical output of the 1960s and 1970s has had a profound influence of contemporary life but has been “largely ignored in official histories of art, architecture and design,” said Andrew Blauvelt, curator of the exhibition that opens at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this autumn…..organized with the participation of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, it will cover a diverse range of cultural objects including films, music posters, furniture, installations, conceptual architectural projects and environments.

Hippie Modernism exhibit at the Walker Art Center

Street Artists Collaborate with Mexican Government to Bring Vibrant Splash of Color to an Entire Neighborhood

In a fantastic attempt at urban renewal, the government of Mexico recently collaborated with a group of local street artists called Germen Crew to paint a 20,000 square meter mural across the facades of 209 homes in the district of Palmitas in Pachuca, Mexico. The project was intended to bring about visual and social transformation by temporarily providing jobs and, according to some reports, reduce crime and violence in the neighborhood.



Street Artists Collaborate with Mexican Government to Bring Vibrant Splash of Color to an Entire Neighborhood

Choreography of Architecture and Exhibitions: A Video Love Letter to the Pérez Art Museum Miami

Miami’s waterfront Museum Park is all about the views. Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)—designed by Herzog & de Meuron and opened in December 2013—sits at an angle against Biscayne Bay, with steps that beckon visitors to the water.

A new 10-minute video, “PAMM: In Perspective,” gushes over this building and its surrounding palm-treed landscape. The project is the work of local photographer Robin Hill and photographer and filmmaker Chris Correa.

Screenshot from a new video about Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Sir John Soane’s Private Apartment Restoration

There are few houses that hold more fascination for architects than that of Sir John Soane. The three-townhouse complex on London’s Lincoln’s Inn Fields not only holds Soane’s extensive collection of artworks and architectural models, but also serves as an example of the British architect’s experimentation with interior layouts, lighting, and decoration. Until May, the only areas on view have been those he intended to be public. The second floor of the main house at No. 13, which contains Soane’s private apartments, has been closed to visitors since the 1860s, but thanks to a meticulous restoration by London’s Julian Harrap Architects (JHA), the suite of rooms is now open to all.

Understanding Architectural Drawings

Sir John Soane’s life and work (1753-1837) are displayed in his own amazing house at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, now a museum. Born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, Soane died in 1837 after a long and distinguished career. He designed 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields as his home and as a setting for his antiquities and works of art. After his wife’s death he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections.
He established the house as a museum by Act of Parliament (1833) requiring that his romantic and poetic interiors be kept as they were at the time of his death.

A selection of drawings as an introduction to the art of architectural drawing:

Elevation: The Pantheon

Charting the Museum Boom

look at the new buildings that have opened this season—and those that are still on the way…..

This has been a huge week for museum news, what with the Guggenheim selecting the winning design for its proposed Helsinki branch, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which had been scheduled to open in December, announcing that it would be postponing its inauguration by another year. It has also been a huge year for museum construction, with many institutions—public and private, established and upstart—spending, in total, hundreds of millions of dollars on new buildings, with even more on the way. Below, a look at these new museums, and how they stack up alongside one another.

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Community Engagement: Two Museums Enter Public Bet Over NBA Final

The Oakland Museum of California and the Cleveland Museum of Art have wagered the sponsorship for a children’s program.

The directors of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) have entered into a public wager on their home teams during the upcoming NBA finals. Should the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, CMA will sponsor a “Warriors-themed art experience” at OMCA for 100 children from YMCA of the East Bay. On the other hand, if the Cavaliers prove victorious, OMCA will be the ones to sponsor 100 children from Cleveland’s Boys and Girls Clubs Fatima Family Center.

Best of luck to both sets of children!