22 May 2018

The most exciting new museums opening in 2018

16 January 18 | RE+D Magazine
The most exciting new museums opening in 2018


The most exciting new museums opening in 2018
Since the ‘Bilbao effect’ became common parlance, we’ve experienced a cultural revolution, during which architects and great museum collections have transformed cities and tourism.


The most exciting new museums opening in 2018 are not only reinvigorating their milieus but redefining what a museum can be.

Here are our top 10.

  1. Hayward Gallery, London

    The Southbank’s Brutalist art space reopens with broader, brighter galleries after a two-year refurb of its 66 pyramidal rooflights, previously blocked with a false roof to stem a leaking ceiling.

  2. Beta Main (Artists in Residence complex), Los Angeles

    In a month, veteran California architect Tom Wiscombe completes a mezzanine gallery with a 12-metre glass wall, along with five artist-in-residence studios.

  3. Guardian Art Center, Beijing

    The brickwork and grey cladding echo the tone of the surrounding hutongs, with artful punctures borrowed from historic Chinese painting.

  4. V&A, Dundee

    Nearly 2,500 cast-stone panels form the sculptural façade of this giant hull-shaped new museum, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in Dundee. Literally anchored in the River Tay, it will be Scotland’s first museum to showcase innovative local design dating back to Charles Rennie MacIntosh.

  5. Tai Kwun Center for Heritage & Arts, Hong Kong

    Tai Kwun is Cantonese for ‘big station’ and indeed Hong Kong’s Central Police Station sat in a walled heritage compound until Herzog + de Meuron began its epic revitalisation.

  6. Fotografiska, London

    The Swedish photography museum is expanding across the pond to New York’s Flatiron District, but first it opens an outpost in London, occupying the lower floors of a concrete building reconfigured by architects Fletcher Priest.

  7. Tank, Shanghai

    They’ve developed a ‘super surface’ that links the structures at ground level and conceals them under an undulating, turf-like landscape.

  8. Glenstone Museum, Maryland

    One of America’s lesser-known private museums is about to become one of its largest, stretched over 200 acres outside Washington DC.

  9. Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza

    A translucent stone wall, backlit at night, ‘veils’ the triple-peaked, 100,000 sq m structure and its shaded courtyard.

  10. Museum of Image & Sound, Rio de Janeiro

    Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s long-awaited new museum will open in 2018 with a ‘vertical boulevard’ leading up eight floors of galleries, theatres, restaurants and a roof terrace overlooking Copacabana Beach. The building celebrates the city’s cultural history, including samba and bossa nova music and Carnival.




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