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Institute Buildings : Architecture

Major Arts + Educational Projects from around the World

post updated 18 June 2021

Latest Institute Building Designs

13 Mar 2013
Smithsonian Institution Master Plan, Washington D.C., USA
Design: BIG
Smithsonian Institution Building USA
photo from architects
Smithsonian Institution Building
BIG leading a Core Design Team including Surface Design, Traceries and Robert Silman Associates, further supported by Atelier Ten, GHT Limited, Wiles Mensch, Weidlinger Associates, VJ Associates, Protection Engineering Group and FDS Design Studio is today officially announced as the winning team to rethink the historic Smithsonian campus, world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

23 Feb 2012
Global Vascular Institute Building, Niagara Medical Campus, New York, USA
Cannon Design Architects
Global Vascular Institute Building
photo from Brian Carter
Global Vascular Institute Building
This 10-story development is a major addition to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The Global Vascular Institute and Clinical & Transitional Research Center/Incubator is a joint venture between the University at Buffalo and Kaleida Health.

Institute Buildings

Key Institutional Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Date built: 1988
Design: Jean Nouvel, Architect
lnstitut du Monde Arabe
photo © Jean Nouvel ; photograph: Georges Fessy
Arab du Monde lnstitute
One of the strongest buildings of President Mitterrand´s “Les Grands Projects”
Famous for its arabic-inspired fenestration where small oculi open & contract to allow varying levels of light in. The Institute du Monde Arabe was a result of one of the first Grands Projet architecture competitions. Much of the building is quite dark inside, with some rather leftover spaces, especially in the Lower level. The overall massing and clever orignailty of the architecture however make it a Paris building well worth visiting.

Commonwealth Institute Redevelopment, London, UK
Design: OMA, Architecture Competition winner
Commonwealth Institute Building
image © OMA
Commonwealth Institute
The Commonwealth Institute has stood empty and been closed to the public since 2002. In 2006, the grade II* listed building (one of the highest protection ratings possible in the UK), was threatened with demolition after a (failed) government proposal to delist it. OMA’s design seeks to save the building by re-injecting life into the modernist monument while retaining its distinctive copper roof and parabolic form. Three new residential buildings will integrate into the fabric of the site, and aim to create a boost for the western end of Kensington High Street.

Institute of Criminology Building, Cambridge, England

Design: Allies & Morrison Architects
Institute of Criminology Building
image : Isabelle Lomholt
Institute of Criminology Building
A clean-cut building located on the University’s Sidgwick Campus in a simpler and fresher style than typical Allies & Morrison buildings

Smithsonian Institute Redevelopment – Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Washington DC, USA

Design: Foster + Partners
Smithsonian Institute Building
photo : Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Smithsonian Institute
Now designated as a National Historic Landmark, the former United States Patent Building building was rescued from impending demolition in 1958 by President Eisenhower, who transferred it to the Smithsonian Institution for use as the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The enclosure of the building’s grand central courtyard was prompted by a desire to transform the public’s experience of the Smithsonian’s galleries and provide the Institution with one of the largest spaces in the state.

Crown Hall IIT, Illinois Institute of Technology building, Illinois, Chicago, USA

Mies van der Rohe, Architect
Chicago IIT building : classic International style architecture

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Institute Buildings – no links

Institutional Buildings – no links, alphabetical:

Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Bremerhaven, Germany

Steidle + Partner

Henry Moore Institute – building conversion, Leeds, England
Date built: 1993
Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones
Henry Moore Institute
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

Yale University Art gallery

Institutional Buildings – by type

Bank Buildings
Rothschild Bank London
picture from architect firm

Library Buildings
Czech National Library
picture from architect practice

Parliament Buildings

School Buildings

University Buildings

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