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The Gardner spreads its wings
© Nic Lehoux / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

A transparent addition sheds new light on a much-loved museum

When the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum decided to embark on a two year $180m expansion project of its prized palazzo building to relieve it from the pressure of years of misappropriated programs, the Italian architect Renzo Piano was among those it considered to help them with the project. But Piano was busy at the time and he removed himself from consideration. It was also the case that the architect did not compete for commissions but rather was handed them. Paraphrasing the dialogue that went on between the Museum leadership and Piano, Matt Montgomery the Gardner’s Communication Director, said: “Piano told us ‘you either want me or you don’t’.” At the prodding of Ray Nasher, a Bostonian and the Founder of the Nasher Sculpture Center, a Piano-designed museum, the Gardner abandoned its process and its short-list and hired Piano for the job.......more

Walking on air
Pernilla & Asif is stunning example of rise in experimental nature of emerging firms: A new wave of experimental young architecture practices is surging up across the UK blending elements of architecture, sculpture, interior design, sensory exploration......more

Progress on Helsinki Guggenheim
New study lists waterfront location on South Harbour as possible site for new museum: The City of Helsinki and the Guggenheim Museum have been in talks for the past year about possibly creating a Guggenheim museum in the Finnish capitol. While......more

Ideas to Change British Architecture
Entries wanted for British exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: This week the British Council launched its brief for the British Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012. Curated by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture......more

CHIP off the old block
Student-built residential property generates three times more electricity than it uses: A two year design-build collaboration in Los Angeles has resulted in an award-winning energy-efficient home which has set new standards in the field of affordable......more

Making hearts melt in Quebec
First phase of stunningly intricate 2012 Hotel de Glace completes in Quebec: Each year, the only hotel of its kind in America changes state - from ice to water! Hotel de Glace is the only ice and snow hotel in America and each year it melts and is painstakingly......more

Just a matter of time...
30-storey prefab tower constructed in 15 days: On the 18th January China’s latest impressive structure will open for business. This is no ‘iconic’ or ‘landmark’ tower, glistening commercial building or tallest spire. What sets this structure apart is its......more

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