7 Most Original Art Museums Exterior Designs

Art was always a great source of inspiration and today it is one of the most important functions. Do you like modern art museums? Of course we can find many amazing things there but we’ve decided to go outside and find the most inspirational exterior architectural designs of the world famous art museums. Hope you’ll like them all as well.

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is an art museum in Denver, Colorado (DUH!). New design of the building was created by Studio Daniel Libeskind and Denver company named Davis Partnership Architects. As you can see this concept design is based on shape irregularities and changing vectors. Pretty impressive and spectacular exterior design makes this building one of the most remarkable sights in Colorado.

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Lentos Art Museum

Lentos Art Museum is situated in City of Linz, Austria. Zurich architects Weber & Hofer are the authors of this building design. Despite 130 meter long building 8000 m2 of useful area this museum looks very airy and coherent. Transparent glass casing attractively glows at night making this building one of the sights in the town.

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Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) is located on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One of the best buildings in the world is the part of museum complex and it is called Quadracci Pavilion,designed by Santiago Calatrava. This project simply erases boundaries between engineering, sculpture and architecture. According the Wikipedia “the structure contains a movable, wing-like brise soleil which opens up for a wingspan of 217 feet during the day, folding over the tall, arched structure at night or during inclement weather.”

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The Museum of Islamic Art is located in the Qatari capital Doha. The museum lies on the edge of Doha harbour at the south end of Doha Bay and such original disposition creates surreal impression. This spectacular building was designed by architect I. M. Pei. The museum has combined ancient Islamic architecture and unique modern design.

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Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum is located in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Original UFO exterior design attracts with elegant round lines and smooth cupola. Saucer-shaped modernist structure is another feature that links this building design with the extraterrestrial motifs. This art museum deserves to be called one of the most elegant buildings in the world.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a famous museum located in New York City. This building is the one of most important landmarks in modern architecture. This building has become a cultural icon and symbolises modern culture. Perfect round lines of the main tower, cylindrical structure and other exquisite details make this building an architectural masterpiece.

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Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum is located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The building presents two faces, first one presents a brick facade that blends with the existing brick and sandstone buildings. The opposite side, the museum has a spot of curving and angular brushed steel sheets.

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3 Responses to 7 Most Original Art Museums Exterior Designs

  1. TheAL says:

    Very cool! Some of these are rather strange, but sleek! I like the Guggenheim best. There’s just something so attractive about the round shapes the building makes.

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  3. luke says:

    the words “frank gehry” and “original” should not appear in the same sentence without some sort of negative in between them.