13 Architecturally Amazing Museums From Around The World
Typically people go to museums to admire the artifacts, sculptures, and art inside. But today we’re sharing 13 museums with architecture so amazing you’ll be drawn to them just to take in their design, regardless of what’s on display inside them.
1. The in Werkendam, The Netherlands, is covered in grass and features a walkway on the roof that’s surrounded by small grassy mounds and leads to a look out at one end.
redesigned the Biesbosch Museum. Photography © .
2. The in Beijing, China, is a large structure covered in a thick layer of stainless steel with a rose-shaped pattern stamped all over the exterior.
designed the Rose Museum. Photography by Xiao Kaixiong.
3. The in South Tyrol, Italy, is made from thick concrete and has been embedded into the mountain, projecting out to provide incredible views of the valley below and the mountains surrounding it.
designed the Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Photography © .
4. Curved, reflective stainless steel surrounds the exterior of the , a combined art museum with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in Taranaki, New Zealand, to create a unique visual experience without even stepping foot in the museum.
designed the Len Lye Centre. Photography by .
5. art museum in Los Angeles, California, is covered in a perforated ‘veil’ that provides filtered light to the museum throughout the day and creates a skeletal system that protects the vault of storage and archives located inside the museum.
designed The Broad. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
6. The curved concrete surrounding the exterior of the Baroque Museum in Mexico, was in part meant to represent the exaggerated movements often associated with traditional baroque art while creating a modern looking structure.
designed the Baroque Museum. Photography by .
7. Copper plates cover the exterior of the Museum of Fire in Zory, Poland, as a tribute to the fire that took out an entire forest and made way for the development of the Polish city.
designed the Museum of Fire. Photography by .
8. The geometric cutouts around the large Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo, Japan, allow diffused natural light into the museum and give the structure a clean, modern design.
Kazuyo Sejima, from , designed Sumida Hokusai Museum. Photography by .
9. Golden anodized aluminum studs cover the exterior of the Museum of Rock in Roskilde, Denmark, as a tribute to the rock stars who often decked out their outfits in studs, while a red carpet entrance represents the red velvet inside a guitar case.
and designed the Museum of Rock. Photography by (top photo) and Rasmus Hjorshoj (bottom photo).
10. The Shanghai Natural History Museum in Shanghai, China, incorporates various natural elements in the exterior design of the museum including the cellular wall, inspired by the cells making up all humans and plants, a green wall and grass roof that represents the vegetation found all over the planet, and a stone wall surrounded by water to represent the moving tectonic plates and the erosion that occurs over time from water and plants.
designed the Shanghai Natural History Museum. Photography by .
11. To represent the brick facades of the traditional brick builds that were used to dry tobacco, the exterior of the La Gota Cultural Center and Tobacco Museum in Navalmoral de la Mata, Spain, has been covered in a flexible ceramic that allows natural light into the building.
and Alberto García designed the La Gota Cultural Center and Tobacco Museum. Photography by .
12. The wine museum and theme park, in Bordeaux, France, was given a swirl-like design on the bottom part to symbolize the swirling of wine in a glass, while the tower is meant to represent grapes growing on a vine.
and collaborated to design the La Cite du Vin. Photography ©XTU/ANAKA/La Cité du Vin.
13. This massive building in Shezhen, China, is actual two separate structures, the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Planning Exhibition, that have been surrounded by a geometric facade made of natural stone louvers and insulated glass to create the look of a single modern building.
designed the Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition. Photography by .
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