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The Momentary, designed by Chicago-Based Wheeler Kearns Architects, opens in Bentonville, Arkansas

The Momentary, a new contemporary art space satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, officially opened on February 22, 2020. Led by Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects, the adaptive reuse project saw the 63,000-square-foot decommissioned cheese factory transform into a multidisciplinary space for visual, performing, and culinary artists.

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The Bruce Museum design vision led by EskewDumezRipple, celebrates the geology of New England

The Bruce Museum design vision led by EskewDumezRipple, ties the building to the landscape and to the unique geology of its New England context. Drawing inspiration from stone quarries found along the Connecticut coast, the design features a delicately striated façade of cast stone and glass that will be animated by the play of light across the building, changing appearance with the weather and time of day. The design orients the new entrance to face Bruce Park, connecting the project to the community while drawing the landscape in to create a light court in the center of the museum.

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Society of Architectural Historians to present Change Agent Award to Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The award recognizes Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin for their innovative, paradigm-shifting work, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to design with a focus on cultural and civic projects. DS+R is currently working on the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with Gensler, a project that increases gallery space by one third, optimizes current spaces to be more flexible and technologically sophisticated, and creates publicly accessible street-level galleries that connect the Museum to the people of midtown Manhattan.

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Phelps Construction Group completes Statue of Liberty Museum

Phelps Construction Group has completed the new 26,000 square foot Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island. The poured in place concrete super structure sits above the 500-year flood level. It also includes the Statue of Liberty’s original torch surrounded by frameless glass curtainwalls. The multi-faceted three-dimensional structural steel roof system is clad with an expansive green roof complete with native vegetation and panoramic views of New York City.

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Rooftop penetrations of newest Smithsonian museum installed with structural thermal breaks to protect artifacts, conserve energy

The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a sensitive environment that balances energy efficiency and comfortable humidity levels against the need to protect priceless artifacts from the damaging effects of interior condensation. To help achieve this delicate balance, rooftop penetrations through the building envelope were insulated from interior support structures using the latest in structural thermal break technology.

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Sculptor uses Guardian Glass for MSU Broad exhibition

The Zaha Hadid-designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University features Guardian Glass on the façade and, now, on the inside as part of a new exhibition. Aspects of Tuazon’s works are inspired by inventor and engineer Steve Baer. The “water window” concept utilizes passive solar energy to store heat in water that is then released over time to heat the enclosed environment. 

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Noguchi Museum to create unified campus encompassing new art and archive building, Noguchi’s restored studio, and existing museum and garden

With the original Museum and sculpture garden established by the artist in 1985, the expanded campus will include a new 6,000-square-foot building to house the Museum’s collection and archive. It will also house Noguchi’s original 1959 studio building, which will be restored and open to the public for the first time.

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Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates-designed Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London receives AIA’s Twenty-five Year Award

Architects Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, FAIA—VSBA founding principals—sought to relate the new wing to the National Gallery while maintaining the wing’s own identity as a work of modern architecture. A play on Italian Mannerism, the Sainsbury Wing demonstrates the architects’ sophisticated but ironic acknowledgement of modern conditions while thoroughly exploring classical architecture’s conventions.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Completes the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation, Designed by Lake|Flato Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced that it has finished the second phase in its multi-year campus redevelopment plan with the completion of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. The 39,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility by Lake|Flato Architects brings the Museum’s distinguished conservation teams together on the main campus for the first time, in one of the largest, continuous spaces for conservation of any public museum.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Completes First Phase of Campus Redevelopment Project with Glassell School of Art

The new Glassell School of Art and BBVA Compass Roof Garden designed by Steven Holl Architects and The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza designed by Deborah Nevins & Associates.  The completion of the Glassell School of Art—the nation’s only museum-affiliated art school serving pre-K through postgraduate students—and the The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza opens a public gateway to the entire Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus and creates a dramatic new public greenspace for Houston. The 14-acre redevelopment is currently the largest cultural project under construction in North America.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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