the sloping park culminates in the building
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renzo piano unites opera house and library with cultural complex in athens

in greece, four kilometers south of central athens, italian architect renzo piano has completed a major public complex named the ‘stavros niarchos foundation cultural center’ (SNFCC). set within a 170,000 square meter park, the scheme comprises the national library of greece as well as the country’s national opera house. the site was previously a parking...
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The Art Institute of Chicago Recreates Van Gogh’s Famous Bedroom to be Rented on Airbnb

Moving the art viewing experience from a linear surface to a three-dimensional environment, the Art Institute of Chicago is launching an interactive experience alongside their latest exhibition—entry to a full-size replica of Van Gogh’s painting The Bedroom. The room, available on AirBnB starting today, includes all the details of the original painting, arranged in haphazard alignment to...
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Hyperrealistic Human Sculptures Submerged in Europe’s First Underwater Art Museum

Fourteen meters beneath the Atlantic Ocean sits the Museo Atlantico, the first underwater contemporary art museum in Europe. Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has created a series of sculptural installations that inhabit the ocean floor. Known for his issue-driven work, this new large-scale project speaks to the current worldwide refugee dilemma. The Museo Atlantico comprises two separate,...
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Grass-Covered Rooftop Converts Dutch Museum into Ecological Cultural Attraction

The Biesbosch Museum, located near the city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands, recently went through a massive redesign and has now been opened to the public. The 8-month-long transformation includes the addition of an organic restaurant, an outdoor seating area, a new wing extension, and a rooftop that covers the entire building with grass, herbs and...
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Bernard Tschumi’s design for ANIMA cultural center in Italy

Bernard Tschumi’s design for ANIMA cultural center in Italy As progress towards construction recommences on the ‘ANIMA cultural center’, by Bernard Tschumi architects, a project-specific website has been launched in order to present the undertaking’s history and proceedings. in addition, a video has recently been released, which clarifies the design’s intentions and aspirations. See below for the...
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THE BENAKI MUSEUM by Willem Dafoe

The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It is also the oldest museum in Greece operating as a Foundation under Private Law.     Through its extensive collections that cover several different cultural fields and its more general range of activities serving more than...

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