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    The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.

    Frank Gehry of course, in his heyday.





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    Reminds me of the Stata Center at MIT:



    Ray Stata is Chairman of the Board of my old company, Analog Devices (and a really nice guy who still remembers me, 25 years after I left the company).

    Unfortunately, the building leaks like a sieve.

    EDITED TO ADD: Also designed by Frank Ghery.
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    Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
    affectionately dubbed, 'The Shark'







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    My god men, those are both remarkably fugley.

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    Make it all 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Smith porter maine View Post
    Make it all 3.
    post some up that you admire, or that make you think, or that make you pause, or that make you want to see what's inside
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    post some up that you admire, or that make you think, or that make you pause, or that make you want to see what's inside
    It's far easier to post photos of buildings that are abominations to architecture... and first prize, I think, goes to Boston City Hall. It has been an abortion since the day it was built... and completely out of character for a city like Boston:

    "Reason and facts are sacrificed to opinion and myth. Demonstrable falsehoods are circulated and recycled as fact. Narrow minded opinion refuses to be subjected to thought and analysis. Too many now subject events to a prefabricated set of interpretations, usually provided by a biased media source. The myth is more comfortable than the often difficult search for truth."







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    Louis Kahn could rock some concrete.








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    Pretty much everything by this guy
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Calvin_Stevens

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    and my 2nd-favorite building in New Haven; the Beinecke Rare Book Library (yes a library, but with a mission of collecting, preserving, and displaying rare objects in glorious fashion, I count it as a museum)


    That exterior marble is thin enough to be translucent. The quality of light inside on a sunny day is positively ethereal.



    It's a box within a box, the stacks are in a very-climate-controlled (and access-controlled of course) glass box within the marble box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Smith porter maine View Post
    Pretty much everything by this guy
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Calvin_Stevens
    I like his stuff too, except for the bathrooms. There are not enough and they are too small in many of his home plans (at least according to modern standards). This was probably the fashion then.
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    Always going on about the bathroom situation. . .
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    That rare book library is stunning in the photographs. I’d love to visit it someday. Thanks for posting it.
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    Stadium High School, Tacoma

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    High Museum of Art, Atlanta


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    Grammy Museum, Cleveland, Mississippi


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    The Weisman looks pretty cool from across the river.

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    yes the High museum is probably Meier's best work IMHO.

    and now I really feel old as I realize I was there over 20 years ago. damn.
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    speaking of "across the river", the Tennesse Aquarium in Chattanooga is very well done.
    (hey an aquarium is basically a high-maintenance museum, right?)

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    The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto:



    Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa:

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    Did it really take 20 posts to get to this?




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    meh. I've always found the Gug to be rather gimmicky.
    As a piece of art unto itself, it's fantastic, but as a museum not so much.
    The same could be said for most Gehry museums, of course.
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    And Ballard's new Nordic Heritage Museum that just opened.







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    As long as we're posting targets for amateur architecture critics...


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    This one isn't great.



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    The National Museum of the American Indian located on the National Mall in Washington DC (designed by Douglas Cardinal)


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    That one has been on my gotta-visit list for a while now. Am I alone in thinking it odd that it isn't called the National Museum of the Native American?
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    Guggenheim museum Bilbao Spain



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    Don't you find some of these just a bit indulgent?

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    Too many museum buildings upstage the contents- prima donna exercises.
    It's the contents we should be focussing on.
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    When I took the State Board exams for architecture, oh so many years ago, the tests were five days (without lunch breaks) for five different parts. The last day was the design test, and it was 12 hours. The tests were only given once a year, and you could keep the parts you passed, but had to wait a year to retake the parts you missed. The first year I passed all but the 12 hour design, which that year was a post office. The next year the design test project was a museum and I passed it. So I have a soft spot for museum design to this day.

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    BB King Museum, Indianola, Mississippi
    The brick part on the right was an old cotton gin that Riley King actually worked in in the 1940s before he became BB.


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    I am sure that the sharp-eyed enthusiasts amongst us will have noticed that the building Jimmy W posted and the Museum of History that I posted are both by the same architect, Douglas Cardinal, whom is Métis (Blackfoot/Kainai, German and Algonquin heritage), born in Calgary.
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