Reimagining heritage buildings or creating new contemporary structures, these galleries and museums are a must on every art lover’s bucket list. From a sprawling complex in bustling central Hong Kong to a building that takes its design cues from the surrounding cliffs, these buildings are helping to create new cultural hubs around the world.
1. V&A Dundee, Scotland
The first UK building by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma—and the first design museum in the UK to be build outside London—the V&A Dundee is due to open in September 2018. Taking design cues from the profile of local cliff faces, the 17,760-square-foot, £80m ($113m) structure perches over the River Tay on the recently revitalised Dundee Waterfront. Within its horizontally and vertically curved concrete wall panels, art lovers will find permanent galleries showcasing Scotland’s unique design landscape, such as the 15th-century Book of Hours, an exceptional illuminated manuscript. The V&A Dundee’s first temporary exhibition will be Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, an exploration of the global design and cultural impact of ocean liners.
2. Tai Kwun Center for Heritage & Arts, Hong Kong
Creating a peaceful enclave in the center of high-rise-heavy Hong Kong Island is no mean feat, and Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts—a Herzog & de Meuron transformation of a collection of heritage buildings that include the former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy, and the Victoria Prison—has risen to the challenge. The new center, set to open in phases from mid-2018, affirms the city’s position as an important Asian art hub, and will not only offer three floors of contemporary art, but also a collection of courtyard gardens, restaurants, and bars.
3. Glenstone, Washington, D.C.
When the Glenstone Museum’s extension opens later in 2018, it will be larger than both the Whitney in New York City and The Broad in Los Angeles, making it one of the most extensive private museums in the world. Owners Mitchell and Emily Rales hope to create a modern-day version of New York’s Frick Collection in Potomac, Maryland, just outside of the capital. The new museum building, known as the Pavilions, will have changing exhibitions as well as single-artist installations from the likes of Michael Heizer, Charles Ray, On Kawara, Brice Marden, and Cy Twombly.
4. MIB, Puebla, Mexico
Built within a UNESCO world heritage site outside of Puebla, Mexico’s fourth largest city, Museo Internacional del Barroco, or the MIB, was designed by Japanese Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito. Dedicated to Baroque art, two levels of exhibition space explore the international genre, within a beautifully designed wrapped concrete structure. At its center, a large outdoor courtyard with a swirling pool references a common motif in Baroque painting, and encourages visitors to gather to appreciate the setting.
5. The Louvre Abu Dhabi
Having opened in the United Arab Emirates in November 2017, the Louvre’s aim is to represent the dynamism of the contemporary Arab world, while celebrating the region’s multicultural heritage. French architect Jean Nouvel, who fashioned a shimmering dome over the “museum-city,” says he was inspired by the cupola of traditional Arabic architecture. The museum’s name is the result of an agreement with the Musée du Louvre in Paris, one of some 12 French cultural institutions that will lend exhibits to the new venue.
In the Icelandic capital Reykjavík, architecture firm Kurt og Pí has converted a former herring processing plant, built in the 1940s, into a new center for visual art. The Marshall House is sited on the old harborside, and opened with a show titled Bad Company featuring a group of eight of the city’s emerging artists. The Marshall House serves as a satellite studio for Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson and is home to Kling & Bang Gallery and the Living Art Museum, both galleries that have helped to shape Iceland’s contemporary art scene.
7. The New Museum, Perth
Slated to open in 2020, The New Museum in Perth, Western Australia, will be built among a series of heritage buildings at the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre. To become the revitalised Western Australian Museum, the box-like structure will integrate with the 19th-century buildings that form part of the Perth Cultural Center (a district that also includes the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the State Library and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), and will comprise over 75,000 square feet of exhibition space and a large public square at ground level. It will be the first completed project from Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, in a joint venture with HASSELL, in Australia when it opens.