Monday, April 18, 2005

Herzog and De Meuron

Image courtesy of The New York Times

The extension to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis opened this weekend, designed by the Swiss team of Herzog and De Meuron (whom I first learned of from this library in Eberswalde, Germany that features images embedded in the concrete exterior of the building). The new extension is receiving praise for putting the emphasis on the museum's collection, instead of on the building that houses it. That is by no means to say that the building is boring, with a cantileverd aluminum tower that highlights the entrance to the museum and houses a restuarant, a theater and event space.

It appears that some compromises were made in the interests of costs, however the final result reportedly succeeds in making an interesting space that does not overpower the work it is meant to display.

The duo have another museum project opening later this year in their copper creation for the de Young Fine Art Museum in San Francisco (which I saw in mid-construction late last year without realizing it). I'll be stopping by their Tate Modern Museum in London in early May, the design that first pushed them into the international spotlight. So check back with Prade in May for a full report.

Via A Daily Dose of Architecture

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