Ten architecturally important museums designed by well-known studios

To mark Worldwide Museum Day, we have chosen 10 museums from the Dezeen archive that had been designed by well-known architects or are in any other case architecturally important.

Ten museums from throughout the globe, together with a zigzagging museum in Berlin and a tree-canopy-like museum in Budapest, are among the many buildings on this roundup to mark Worldwide Museum Day on 18 Might.

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Museum of the Future, UAE, by Killa Design

This ring-shaped constructing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was declared “essentially the most lovely constructing on the planet” by the emirate’s ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Created by native studio Killa Design, it accommodates reveals devoted to the long run and workshops for testing rising know-how.

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Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, by Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was described by legendary American architect Philip Johnson as “the best constructing of our time” shortly after it opened in 1997.

An emblem of the deconstructivist motion due to its distinctively fragmented, irregularly formed volumes wrapped in shimmering titanium, it kicked off a wave of cultural landmarks with daring structure.

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Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum
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Jewish Museum, Germany, by Daniel Libeskind

One other distinguished instance of deconstructivism is Daniel Libeskind’s extension to the Jewish Museum in Berlin, which opened in 2001.

The constructing’s zigzagging type produces intentionally disconcerting areas that Libeskind mentioned had been knowledgeable by the “erasure and void” of Jewish life in Berlin after the Holocaust.

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Gilder Center Atrium
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Richard Gilder Middle for Science, Innovation, and Schooling, USA, by Studio Gang

Not too long ago accomplished in Manhattan, the Gilder Middle is an addition to the American Museum of Pure Historical past designed by Chicago-based structure agency Studio Gang.

At its centre is a large cavernous atrium, whereas the stone facade bears a mega-panel system that references the geometry of the adjoining buildings.

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Photo of Istanbul Modern
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Istanbul Fashionable, Turkey, by Renzo Piano Constructing Workshop

Additionally a latest venture, the Istanbul Fashionable artwork museum by Renzo Piano Constructing Workshop is the Italian structure studio’s first constructing in Turkey.

It has a top-heavy type supposed to evoke the form of a ship and is wrapped in reflective aluminium panels that resemble fish scales in a nod to the constructing’s location subsequent to the Bosphorus waterway.

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House of Music in Budapest by Sou Fujimoto
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Home of Music, Hungary, by Sou Fujimoto

Home of Music is a museum devoted to the historical past of music in Budapest’s Metropolis Park designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto to imitate the sensation of being below a tree cover.

“We had been enchanted by the multitude of timber within the metropolis park and impressed by the house created by them,” mentioned Fujimoto. “I envisaged the open flooring plan, the place boundaries between inside and outdoors blur, as a continuation of the pure surroundings.”

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M+ Museum by Herzog and de Meuron
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M+ museum, Hong Kong, by Herzog & de Meuron and Farrells

M+ museum in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District (additionally pictured prime) is characterised by a monumental display supposed to current a inventive retort to the town’s business billboards.

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Farrells, it’s Asia’s first international museum of latest visible tradition.

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Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet by BIG
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Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet, Switzerland, by BIG

A spiral rising out of the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland, Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet is a museum designed by BIG for the watchmaker to accommodate its assortment of timepieces.

The curved glass partitions are load-bearing, that means there are not any columns. A bronze mesh sits atop the glazed facade and grass covers the roof to create a garden in summer time and a snowy scene in winter.

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Exterior of National Museum of Qatar by Jean Nouvel
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Nationwide Museum of Qatar, Qatar, by Atelier Jean Nouvel

Atelier Jean Nouvel based mostly its colliding-discs design for the Nationwide Museum of Qatar on a mineral formation referred to as the “desert rose”.

Greater than a decade within the making, the museum is meant to showcase the nation’s historical past and its ambitions for the long run.

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Zhejiang Museum of Natural History by David Chipperfield Architects
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Zhejiang Museum of Pure Historical past, China, by David Chipperfield Structure

The Shanghai studio of this yr’s Pritzker Structure Prize-winner, David Chipperfield, designed Zhejiang Museum of Pure Historical past in China in his customary monumental type.

It consists of eight single-story pavilions partially embedded within the hillside, rendered in purple ochre to match the clay earth and topped with inexperienced roofs.

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