Archived Articles: Public & Institutional

Civic structures shape cities - the best examples of institutional architecture stand out from the crowd and declare themselves as objects rather than infill. From sensational schools, colleges and universities to magnificent museums, theaters and opera halls, here are some buildings well worth viewing (and visiting should you ever find yourself in the relevant city!).

Full of Hot Air: Clever Urban Monuments Conceal Exhaust Shafts

Fenced off or set back from streets and sidewalks and often raised on platforms as well, civic monuments are oddly ideal candidates for concealing a peculiar ...

Architecture as Art: 13 Unusually Sculptural Buildings

When fine art and architecture intersect, especially in our modern era of parametric modeling and 3D printing, the results can be strikingly different from the ...

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Brutalist Wonders or Blunders? Architecture by Marcel Breuer

A master of Modernism whose architectural legacy includes a range of monumental concrete structures around the world, Marcel Breuer remains divisive among ...

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Museums of Tomorrow: 13 Out of This World Institution Designs

We’re reaching a point in architectural history where the structures being built look like they could have come straight out of the concept artwork for a ...

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Holy Skate: Century-Old Church Converted to Colorful Park

A 100-year-old church in Spain is hosting pilgrimages of a new sort now that its interior is lined with skate ramps instead of pews, its soaring cathedral ...

Taboo Town: Architecture Designed to Make You Uncomfortable

Grab a cocktail inside an oversized rectum and then take in the unsettling sight of a sculptural red building graphically referencing humankind’s dominion ...

Cruelty of Concrete: Harsh Architecture in Berlin & Beyond

There is an innate coldness and harshness to concrete that lends it a sinister air, as if unsavory practices are carried out within, even if the structure is ...

Zig-Zagging Wooden Stairway Leads to Book-Shaped Building

Shaped like a book, a cultural facility on the boundary between a residential neighborhood and industrial area in a suburb of Incheon, South Korea acts as a ...

Sunken Ruins of Alexandria to be World’s First Underwater Museum

The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt is planning to turn submerged ruins of ancient Alexandria into an underwater museum, allowing tourists access to 2,500 ...

Beach Read: Monumental Concrete Library on the Edge of a Bay

If you’ve ever gotten bored with the book you’re reading on the beach and wished you could just run into a seaside library for a new one, here’s the ...

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