Cutting-Edge U.S. Embassy in London Opens Chock-Full of Art This Week

  • January 14, 2018 23:09
View southwest at the new U.S.  Embassy London in Nine Elms, across park.  Photographer: Richard Bryant/

The 1960s building that housed the U.S. embassy in London needed costly renovations and posed security risks in busy Mayfair, prompting a decision in 2007 to purchase a new site. Opening to the public on January 16, the new U.S. embassy resides in South London's Nine Elms area, below the Thames, ...

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California Wine Country Fires Engulf Historic Structures, Arts Center

  • SF Chronicle
  • October 09, 2017 23:22
The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn burned in the Oct.  9, 2017, fire.

Fifteen wildfires raged through Northern California beginning Sunday night, destroying homes, schools, businesses, hotels, and multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties and the vicinity. Ten people were reported dead and dozens were missing as of Monday evening. While the massive and ...

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After $3.5 Million Renovation, JMW Turner's Picturesque Cottage Opens to Visitors

  • Guardian
  • August 16, 2017 20:21
Sandycombe Lodge, 1814, W.  B.  Cooke after William Havell - Tate Britain.

In 1813 England’s great landscape painter JMW Turner built a small villa, Sandycombe Lodge, on a large plot near the Thames at Twickenham. Here, the painter became an architect, guided by the hand of his friend John Soane, notes the home's website. Now, a $3.5 million renovation has made ...

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Skyscraper Plans for Kushner Companies at 666 Fifth Avenue

  • Dezeen
  • March 28, 2017 15:24
Rendering for 666 Fifth Avenue

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a Kushner Companies skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue, four blocks from Trump Tower in New York. The plans calls for a rebuild of the 1950s office building with an addition of 40 stories hosting mixed-use space for offices, residential and hotel ...

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National Academy Museum Buildings Return to Market in 3 Listings

  • Curbed NY
  • March 22, 2017 11:52
Interior of 3 East 89th Street

Financial needs placed the palatial Upper East Side mansions occupied by the National Academy Museum on the market last spring at $120 million. A buyer was not found and now Corcoran is marketing the properties differently, to be sold together for $78.5 million or as separate listings, reports ...

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Jeff Bezos Buys Museum Building for Private Residence

  • Washington Post
  • January 16, 2017 22:31
The former building of the Textile Museum was bought by Jeff Bezos.

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos has bought the former Textile Museum, a 27,000 square-foot property, intending to convert it into a single-family home, reports the Washington Post. The property sold for $23 million in cash. It is in the same neighborhood as the Obama's ...

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Germany Buys $13.25 Million Thomas Mann Home in California for Artist Residency

  • Los Angeles Times
  • November 22, 2016 13:37
Thomas Mann, his wife Katia, and their two grandchildren on the lawn of their Pacific Palisades, Calif., home.

To save a landmark from possible demolition, Germany has purchased the former Southern California home of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann who fled the Nazi regime in the 1940s. The coastal Pacific Palisades residence was built in 1941 by modernist architect J.R. Davidson. It was ...

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A Subterranean Museum in Poland Wins World Building of the Year 2016

  • Dezeen
  • November 20, 2016 23:03
National Museum in Szczecin

A museum built in precast concrete almost entirely underground with a vast public space above won the title World Building of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. Polish architect Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes designed the National Museum in Szczecin which a panel of judges ...

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Denmark Plans Immersive Hans Christian Andersen Museum

  • VOA
  • November 02, 2016 14:14
Rendering for Hans Christian Andersen museum

A "magical" new museum based on the works of Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen will be built in his birthplace of Odense. City officials said Monday that A. P. Moller Foundation, main owner of the shipping and oil group A. P. Moller-Maersk, has donated $33 million for the museum, ...

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Lucas Museum Reveals Dual Designs for Possible LA and San Francisco Sites

  • October 27, 2016 15:17
San Francisco rendering

Two designs from MAD Architects have been released for a museum to be built by filmmaker George Lucas for his collection of American art, illustration, and memorabilia. Months after the Chicago site was abandoned following opposition that stalled the project, San Francisco and Los Angeles are now ...

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Court Rules Miami-Dade College to Pay Art Dealer's Legal Fees Over Disputed Museum Bid

  • Miami Herald
  • October 26, 2016 12:09
Miami skyline

Miami Herald reports that "Miami-Dade College must pay art dealer Gary Nader’s legal fees in litigation related to his frustrated bid to build a cultural center at the school’s downtown campus, a state appeals court has ruled." An unsolicited bid for a Latin American art museum topped with ...

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Hala Wardé Chosen to Design Beirut Museum to Art

  • Guardian
  • October 13, 2016 14:41
Design for BeMA garden / Hala Wardé

Situated on a historic and symbolic site across from the National Museum in the center of Beirut, BeMA, the new Beirut Museum of Art, will be conceived by Paris-based Lebanese architect Hala Wardé, who was revealed as the winner of an architectural competition on Thursday. The competition's ...

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Islamist Extremist Gets 9 Years in Prison for Destroying Cultural Heritage Sites

  • September 28, 2016 13:47
Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague sentenced Islamic extremist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to nine years in prison for destroying Muslim shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. The case represents the first prosecution for the destruction of a cultural heritage site as a war crime. ...

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Heatherwick's The Vessel to Rise Up in New York's Hudson Yards

  • September 14, 2016 23:07
The Vessel, rendering

It boasts 154 interconnecting stairways, 2,400 steps, and 80 landings comprising a mile's worth of walkways. And all of it will lead to nowhere on the Far West Side of Manhattan. New York Times reports that The Vessel is the much-debated, $150-million public landmark set to center the main square ...

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Finnish State Funding For Helsinki Guggenheim Gets Nixed

  • Reuters
  • September 11, 2016 17:32
Artist's rendering for the planned Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland.

Finnish politics have sunk plans for 40 million euros in government funding to go towards a new Guggenheim branch. Reuters: A plan to build a Guggenheim museum on the Helsinki waterfront - joining the likes of those that grace New York, Bilbao and Venice - appears close to collapse because of a ...

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Proceeds From Museum Visits in Italy on Sunday to Help Repair Quake Damage

  • August 25, 2016 13:11
Affresco della Madonna in trono con Bambino benedicente - Santuario dell'Icona Passatora (Amatrice)

The deadly magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday devastated the medieval towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, the village of Pescara del Tronto, and the surrounding region. By Thursday, the death toll came to 250 with victims still being pulled from the rubble. Images of ...

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Militant Who Destroyed Cultural Sites Pleads Guilty in War-Crimes Trial

  • NPR
  • August 23, 2016 22:25
View of Timbuktu, Heinrich Barth (1858)

A Malian Islamist militant who led the 2012 destruction of cultural heritage sites and ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu has pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court.  Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. His trial for destroying cultural heritage is ...

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Magnificent Italian Castle to be Auctioned Fully Furnished

  • Concierge Auctions
  • August 14, 2016 22:26
Castel Valer

Castel Valer, a restored medieval fortress at the edge of the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy, goes under the gavel on Sept. 8. The historic property has descended in the same family for about 650 years. Steeped in history while updated for the 21st century, the castle combines ...

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Items From 'Modernist Icon' The Four Seasons Restaurant at Auction

  • Dezeen
  • June 16, 2016 20:45
Barcelona chairs and ottomans by van der Rohe.

The Philip Johnson-designed The Four Seasons restaurant in New York is considered by many as "one of the rarest phenomena in Modernism." The restuarant is an unusual intact example of the International Style shown through its architecture and every element of decor. Wright will auction off ...

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Italy Seeks Foreigners to Head Cultural Sites

  • Telegraph
  • May 30, 2016 23:00
Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus.  Uffizzi Gallery.

Italy has launched a global hunt for new directors to run high-profile museums and archaeological sites, in the latest bid to revive the country's moribund cultural heritage sector. Last year, Italian managers of world-class museums and art galleries, including the Uffizi in Florence, were ...

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