California Academy of Sciences

Piano's audacious design with its native plant–covered living roof, retractable ceiling, three-story rain forest, gigantic planetarium, and living coral reef, is an adventure in biodiversity and green architecture. I remember visiting this building whilst in...

SFMoMA between Mario Botta and Snøhetta

Fog isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you encounter the rippling white cliff face that now looms behind the museum’s original home... Built in 1995, Botta’s stately museum squares up to Third...

Gaudí’s Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló, one of Gaudí’s masterpieces, is more than just a building, is a legend of art. The striking modernist façade conceals a whole world of artistic and architectural surprises. Here, light, colour and shapes...

Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion

The Barcelona Pavilion is a work of artful simplicity that is emblematic of the modernist movement. It has been exhaustively studied and interpreted as well as having inspired the oeuvre of several generations of...

Light, nature and geometry — the genius of Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí, one of the most famous figures of Catalan culture and world architecture, spent over 40 years designing the Temple of the Sagrada Familia. Architecture Gaudí’s conception of the Sagrada Familia was based on the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals....

Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI

The project for the building devoted to the national centre for the contemporary art and architecture was selected following a two-part international competition launched by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage in 1998. The winning design...

MoMA: The Building 15

MoMA: The Building 15 New York, NY In 1997, the Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi beat out ten other international architects to win the competition to execute the redesign of the museum. MoMA's midtown location underwent extensive renovations in the...

Manhattan’s High Line

Manhattan’s High Line: Exceptional architecture and plant design The High Line design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. THE STRUCTURE | Converting each section of the...

National September 11 Memorial

Honoring the lives of those who were lost. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the...

The Louvre on the Surface

The Louvre on the Surface The Louvre, originally a royal palace but now the world's most famous museum is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. In 1981, the newly elected French president,...

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