New museums, flying hotels and spotting bullshit in this week’s round up

Announcement by François Pinault to open a new museum in Paris was the main event in architecture this week, but it was not the only museum in the news.

  • François Pinault, a man behind luxury brands like Gucci and Balenciaga, unleashed his plans for a private museum in former Bourse de Commerce in Paris. It, unsurprisingly, will be renovated by Tadao Ando who already did for him Punta della Dogana in Venice. Pinault needs this museums for two main reasons – to exhibit some of his 1.2 billion euro art collection and keep up with another Frenchmen Bernard Arnault who unleashed a plan for a new museum earlier this year.
  • Another billionaire in museum game is George Lucas. This week he got a green light from Los Angeles City Council for his private museum. It took him three years of discussions with different cities to finally secure a site in LA. Museum will be designed by MAD and will exhibit works of art ranging from Degas and Renoir to Star Wars props. This extreme range of art pieces will be both interesting to see and at the same time will be a huge challenge for curators.
  • Victoria & Albert museum also made it to the news. Extension done by AL_A opened this week. The Guardian architectural critic Oliver Wainwright noticed thatIt is in these moments that Levete’s work delights, when the multiple levels of ramps, stairs and windows coincide to reveal the accumulated layers of remodelling over the centuries.” This project is a sharp contrast to the original extravagant scheme by Daniel Libeskind, which was compared with “the Guggenheim turned on its side and then beaten senseless with a hammer”.
  • SANAA also showed some new images for their Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. Could not care less about this one, but as we talk about museums, it can be mentioned anyway.
  • Something out of this world. MIT team won a NASA graduate design competition with their space hotel design. Introduction of a hotel and other private functions in the space station helped to bring down the costs by $360 million per year compared to the current space station.

A luxury Earth-facing eight-room space hotel complete with bar, restaurant, and gym, will make orbital space holidays a reality.

  • Real estate site called Zillow threatened a legal action against a blogger who was making fun of ugly American mansions on their site. In the end blog McMansion Hell won an argument and will keep on criticising and educating people on good/bad architectural design.
  • Last and probably least architectural news comes from The New Yorker where an article called How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide offers a way to spot bullshit and stay critically minded. Although it was originally written for Big Data, same principles can be used also for architecture. You can test this with the new video by Norman Foster where he explains the future.

Cover image is from MIT.


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