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Visual Communication Design: Architecture II

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National Museum of Australia - architect Howard Raggatt

National Museum of Australia entrance

As designed by architect Howard Raggatt (design architect and design director for the project), the National Museum of Australia  building is based on a theme of knotted ropes, symbolically bringing together the stories of Australians. Read more about it here.

The Getty Centre LA by Richard Meier and Partners architects

Unique design elements, beautiful gardens, and open spaces. Richard Meier's Getty Center harmoniously unites the parts of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and makes them accessible not only to Los Angeles but to the world. Read more here.


The Great Court at The British Museum

 

Great Court and the British Museum, London, Foster + Partners. See more views here.

Architecture has in the past done great things for geometry. Together with the need to measure the land they lived on, it was people's need to build their buildings that caused them to first investigate the theory of form and shape. But today, 4500 years after the great pyramids were built in Egypt, what can mathematics do for architecture? At last year's Bridges conference, which explored the connections between maths and art and design, Plus met up with two architects of the Foster + Partners Specialist Modelling Group, Brady Peters and Xavier De Kestelier, to cast a mathematical eye over their work.

Read more from Perfect buildings: the maths of architecture here. Another short article here.

Australia Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) by Wood Marsh Architects

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) by Wood Marsh Architects is a contemporary art gallery located near the VCA in Melbourne. Read more about it here.

Federation Square by Bates/Smart

Federation Square is an imaginative vision of urban life. This is a city precinct that consolidates cultural, recreational and commercial activities along the river while maintaining real links to Melbourne’s adjoining cultural and commercial districts. Read more here.

Pyramide du Louvre, Paris by I. M. Pei

The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989,[1] it has become a landmark of the city of Paris. (Wikipedia)

Read about architect I. M. Pei thinking about taking on the commission here. See different views of the structure here.

 

 

Vitra Design Museum - Frank Gehry

The inception of the Vitra Design Museum dates back to the early 1980s. With the aim of documenting the history of the Vitra company, Vitra CEO Rolf Fehlbaum began collecting the furniture of designers who had influenced the company's development, such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, and Jean Prouvé. Read more here.

Heide Gallery, Melbourne - David McGlashan

The built environment of Heide reflects the site's transformation from a rural homestead to the multi-venue public art museum it is today. A distinctive landmark on the Heide site is the weatherboard farmhouse in Victorian architectural style, the first residence of John and Sunday Reed. Read more here. Read about the Reeds and the story behind Heide here.

Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn

Located in , Texas, the  by Louis Kahn has become a mecca for all who are interested in modern architecture. The element of natural light is the main focus of the design, and creates elegant spaces that are perfectly suited for the art that it houses. Read more here.

The Tate Modern Project by Herzog & De Meuron

This new development will transform Tate Modern. An iconic new building will be added at the south of the existing gallery. It will create more spaces for displaying the Collectionperformance and installation art and learning, all allowing visitors to engage more deeply with art, as well as creating more social spaces for visitors to unwind and relax in the gallery. Read more here.

Melbourne Museum, Carlton - Denton Corker Marshall

Melbourne Museum is located in the Carlton Gardens in MelbourneAustralia, adjacent the Royal Exhibition Building.

It is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, and is a venue of Museum Victoria, which also operates the Immigration Museum and Scienceworks Museum. (Wikipedia)

Roca London Gallery - Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects were commissioned to create this unique concept which takes its inspiration from the power of water as a transforming element and which will bring the Roca London Gallery to life. (artbahrain.org)

Read more about it and see images here, here and here.

Villa Savoy (Poissy, France) - Le Corbusier

Situated in Poissy, a small commune outside of Paris, is one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture in the 20th century, Villa Savoye by .  Read more hereThe Villa Savoye is considered by many to be the seminal work of the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Situated at Poissy, outside of Paris, it is an iconic architectural example of early modernism, the so-called International Style. Read more here. See more views here.