Two major cultural institutions

by Frank Gehry:

Arles, France and Philadelphia in the US

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, photos Danica O. Kus


LUMA Arles, designed by Frank Gehry

GEHRY’s two distinct projects

Two major projects for art institutions designed by Frank Gehry were completed this summer. Both initiated in 2007, but each one as different from the other as could be. The LUMA Foundation building in the South of France in Arles is signature style Gehry, a fractured facade playing with light,… Read more

Grand Parc housing estate renovation, Bordeaux, bu Lacaton & Vassal

Modern architecture reinvented – Lacaton & Vassal

Awarded the Pritzker Prize 2021 French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal revive modernist principles with a unique approach – The choice of Lacaton & Vassal as winners of the Pritzker Prize 2021 is a sign of changing values in architecture and city planning. The French duo has become famous… Read more

Humboldt Forum ©Stephan Falk

Humboldt Forum – historic palace reimagined as museum

This vast museum complex in the centre of Berlin has opened officially, although only virtually for the public so far. It is one the biggest cultural buildings in Europe, comparable in scale to the Louvre in Paris. With reconstructed baroque-style façades the design concept creates continuity with a glorified past… Read more

Room of Silence, BER airport, gmp architects

A Space for Silence, in line with the geometrical terminal design

The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) designed by gmp architects is finally open. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe and preussian neo-classicism, the building conjures an idea of polished, pragmatic efficiency. For a moment of contemplation or prayer, the meditation space provides a quiet refuge in transit.    Gmp is… Read more

The Factory exterior view - designed by OMA, with Ellen van Loon at OMA as child architect, image: ©OMA,Nov 2019

The real vs. the virtual: performance and lived space

The classical concept of the grand concert venue is being reconfigured as a more flexible and open model. During the pandemic crisis, alternative formats and virtual concerts have changed the way cultural events have been experienced.   Just before the second lockdown at the end of October I was able to attend… Read more

Was the countryside ever romantic?

  A massive research project led by Rem Koolhaas over five years culminated in the exhibition ‘Countryside, The Future’ at the Guggenheim New York. The show will be running until February 2012. After decades being obsessed by urbanism and megastructures, Koolhaas became fascinated by the radical development taking place in… Read more