The large museum commission is one of the most coveted types of projects for architects to pursue professionally. The past year alone has been further proof of this centuries-old ambition, with major stories from the cultural sector frequently adorning our pages, led by Herzog & de Meuron’s new M+ museum, Frank Gehry’s LUMA Arles and the museum ( often ridiculed) Munch. in Norway from estudio Herreros headlining alongside many other superlative designs.
2022 has seen even bigger developments in the industry, led by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s decision to replace David Chipperfield with Frida Escobedo as the architect of its new $500 million Contemporary Wing, the announcement of a major $34 million revamp of the Tate Liverpool and the welcome revival of HdM’s modified Vancouver Art Gallery expansion effort, once thought to be long dead.
As Archinect celebrates International Museum Day today, here are some of the most significant opening and expansion projects to debut this year.
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway by Klaus Schuwerk
The highly anticipated project by Italian-German architect Klaus Schuwerk will open on June 11, more than a decade after he was named the winner of an international competition to modernize the facilities of the institution located along the historic port Vestbanen from Oslo. Check out Iwan Baan’s recent photos on the project here.
Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in Sydney, Australia by SANAA
Billed as the city’s biggest cultural development since its opera house’s spectacular opening nearly 50 years ago, Sydney’s modern scheme involves the creation of two new buildings linked by a public garden and will make its public debut on 3 december.
Museum of the Future in Dubai, UAE by Killa Design
The Dubai Museum of the Future has opened its doors to the public after nine years of design and construction. Designed by local studio Killa Design, the museum describes itself as a “living laboratory” featuring exhibits around the themes of science and technology.
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art Expansion in La Jolla, CA by Selldorf Architects
Selldorf’s plan incorporated elements of the original structure and the mid-’90s renovation led by Venturi, Scott Brown into the much-needed 46,400-square-foot expansion of MCASD’s footprint in a considerate way that also strengthened the connection to La Jolla’s beautiful natural coastline.
House of Music in Budapest, Hungary by Sou Fujimoto Architects
The 97,000 square foot performance hall is the centerpiece of the Liget Budapest project, a 1 billion euro ($1.13 billion) development considered one of the largest in recent European history that includes the music hall, the new national art gallery, cultural building, and landscaped spaces centrally located in one of the continent’s historic music capitals.
Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Set in the middle of a massive new public park that opened earlier in the fall, Kengo Kuma and Associates’ design for the new HCAndersen Hus museum in Odense is a ‘fantasy world’ of interconnected circular forms that give shape to the most of 60,000 square feet of the museum. education centers and underground exhibition space.
The Datong Art Museum in Shanxi Province, China by Foster + Partners
The first of four major new buildings in Datong New City’s cultural plaza, Foster + Partners has created a centerpiece for the larger venue named the Grand Gallery. The project’s four interconnected roof pyramids rise in height and fan outward to the four corners of the surrounding plaza. A clerestory between each volume combines with skylights at the top of each pyramid to allow natural light to flood the interior during the day, while creating a “unique beacon for the new cultural district” at night.
Bundanon Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning in New South Wales, Australia by Kerstin Thompson Architects
Designed to be a weatherproof educational center as well as an art museum and retirement destination, the entire development consists of a 5,382 square foot museum, paddock-to-plate cafe, an educational center and accommodation for up to 64 people. . All of this is inspired by the art of landscape painter Arthur Boyd, who along with his wife Yvonne donated the property to the Australian people in 1993.
Robot Science Museum in Seoul, South Korea by Melike Altinisik Architects (MAA)
Envisioned as a means of creating an institution that “plays a catalytic role in the advancement and promotion of science, technology and innovation in society”, the design and assembly of the museum was carried out thanks to a multitude of 3D prints and high-tech robotics. The result is a spherical complex of exhibition spaces connected by a non-linear orientation that helps define a new area of the city as the heart of Seoul’s new Changbai Economic Center.
Museo Arte Contemporaneo Atchugarry (MACA) in Uruguay by Carlos Ott
Marked by curvilinear volumes of concrete and wood, the new museum rises from the landscape surrounded by a 99-acre sculpture park creating an arch-like profile that contains works drawn from the artist’s personal collection. . Ott helped bring his signature aesthetic to the museum’s design, which the artist has hailed as creating a seamless transition between site and nature.