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10 Museums Worth Visiting

July 14, 2014 /

MAXXI_Museum-Zaha-Hadid-Rome-1.JPG MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts. Photo by Jakob Harry Hybel

Designing a museum is a privilege for most architects. Since museums tend to be highly prestigious endeavors for the city, the architects can get away with a uniquely spectacular design, which they would not dream to propose, had it been any other type of building.

This is, of course, a balancing act, as the architect's desire to create a tourist attraction or to make the museum into an art piece in itself can often threaten to overshadow the actual art, which the building is supposed to support.

Even so, it does happen, from time to time, that an architect miraculously manages to make the architecture melt together with the exhibited art and become one. Below we have gathered a few worthwhile examples of such rare symbiotic relationships.

From BIG's transformation of an old drydock, Peter Zumthor's remarkable Kolumba Museum built atop war-torn church ruins to the incredible constructed landscape of Ryue Nishizawa's Teshima Art Museum, each of these buildings represent a clear statement, as strong and transcendental as the best works of art.

Kolumba Museum by Atelier Peter Zumthor in Cologne, Germany. Exterior. Photo by Yuri Palmin

Kolumba Museum
Atelier Peter Zumthor
Cologne, Germany

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. Photo: Paul Warchol

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
East Lansing, Michigan

MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts by Zaha Hadid Architects in Rome, Italy

MAXXI Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
Rome, Italy

Danish National Maritime Museum
BIG
Helsingør, Denmark

Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron in Water Mill, New York, USA. 
Photo: Matthu Placek

Parrish Art Museum
Herzog & de Meuron
Water Mill, New York, USA

Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa in Seto Inland Sea, Japan. Exterior landscape. Photo: Iwan Baan

Teshima Art Museum
Ryue Nishizawa
Inujima, Japan

Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art by Steven Holl Architects in Helsinki, Finland. Interior. Photo © Paul Warchol

Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art
Steven Holl Architects
Helsinki, Finland

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum by Sambuichi Architects in Inujima, Higashi-ku, Okayama, Japan. Exterior vew towards south from above the museum. Photo by arcspace

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum
Sambuichi Architects
Inujima, Okayama, Japan

SANAA - 21st Century Museum - Interior

21st Century Museum
SANAA
Kanazawa, Japan

Langen Foundation exterior glass facade

Langen Foundation
Tadao Ando
Neuss, Germany

Last updated: July 18, 2014

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