Coralarium – Underwater Inter Tidal Art Gallery in the Maldives

British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has once again left his mark on the environment with a stunning new installation. Created for the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Coralarium is a semi-submerged art gallery filled with nearly 30 sculptures that will act as a habitat for coral and other marine species. The Sculpture Coralarium is situated in the centre of the largest developed coral lagoon in the Maldives, on the island resort of Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi. The artwork by Jason deCaires Taylor is a semi-submerged tidal gallery space that exhibits a series of sculptural artworks on the skyline, inter-tidal waterline and seabed. As world’s first semi submerged tidal Art Gallery it is cube shaped, six metres tall, with its front façade submerged up to median tide of three metres. The design of the walls is based on natural coral structures and is porous to allow the tides, current and marine life to pass through and the structure to “breathe” within its location. Take a look at other underwater objects: underwater hotel and underwater resort.

Most Popular Museums of Modern Art in New York

New York is a lot more than skyscrapers and hotdogs. The hotbed of culture, New York is a haven for those with a creative bend of mind. Modern art is celebrated with great passion here, and the several remarkable modern art museums all over the place are living testimony to that. So if you see deeper than just lines and colors on a modern art canvas, New York is the place for you. Let’s have a look at the best modern art museums of the Big Apple.

New Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida

Named one of AOL Travel’s “Buildings You Have to See Before You Die,” this new museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dali’s art outside of Spain. The American Institute of Architects placed the building on its distinguished “Florida Architecture of the Last 100 Years” list and Flavorwire ranked it among the “20 Most Beautiful Museums in the World.” The Michelin Guide rates it as the top museum in the American South. The design challenge was to create an affordable, iconic building symbolic of the Spanish painter’s work. The HOK team ensured technical feasibility and design excellence while avoiding “kitsch.” The three-story museum is on a beautiful bayside site along St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront. The dramatic envelope balances the exhibition and protection of the priceless masterpieces within a simple, powerful aesthetic. A “treasure box” shelters the 2,000-piece collection from potential Category 5 hurricane winds and storm surges. The design opens up the 18-inch-thick concrete walls with a free-form glass geodesic structure that intrigues visitors while bringing daylight and bay views into public spaces. The 75-foot-tall geodesic glass “Enigma” and 45-foot-tall “Igloo” are formed by 1,062 undulating faceted glass panes, with no two exactly alike. A poured-in-place, sculptural concrete spiral staircase beckons visitors to the galleries above. In the Permanent Gallery, black plaster light cannons focus natural light on seven large “Masterworks,” illuminating the paintings with UV-filtered daylight within curatorial standards. The Dali Museum has reported that the number of ticketed visitors since the new museum opened in 2011 has far surpassed previous attendance.

Museum of Tomorrow by Santiago Calatrava Opens in Rio de Janeiro

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Museu do Amanhã (the Museum of Tomorrow), is set to open its doors in Rio de Janeiro’s burgeoning Puerto Maravilha neighborhood. Conceived as an innovative cultural space addressing the future of the planet, the design of the museum is influenced by local culture and, through its architecture, explores the relationship between the city and the natural environment. “The city of Rio de Janeiro is setting an example to the world of how to recover quality urban spaces through drastic intervention and the creation of cultural facilities such as the Museum of Tomorrow,” said Calatrava. “This vision led us, in our first designs, to propose the addition of a plaza outside the museum,” the architect added. “The plaza creates a more cohesive urban space and reflects the neighbourhood’s greater transformation.” The building is oriented along the north-south axis, perpendicular to the bay. This highlights the horizontal of the design, which includes a massive trussed roof capped with solar panels that move to follow the position of the sun. The roof is supported by curving white ribs. A half circle-shaped window tops the entrance. Water from the bay is used to cool the building and feed the large reflecting pools on both ends of the museum. The water is then returned back into the sea. Inside, the museum includes temporary and permanent exhibition areas, a 400-seat auditorium, an education centre, cafe and gift shop. The museum will explore topics such as climate change and population growth, changes in biodiversity, genetic engineering and bioethics, and new advances in technology.

Mountain Museum Nestled Inside the Italian Dolomites by Zaha Hadid

Mountaineer Reinhold Messner is a renowned adventurer who has achieved incredible feats: he was the first person to climb Mount Everest without the aid of an oxygen tank, as well as the first to ascend all 14 mountains around the world that are over 8,000 meters high. Since earning these accomplishments, he’s created a series of museums dedicated to mountain culture across the Alps. His sixth and final installment is called the Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, it’s an impressive concrete structure embedded within Mount Kronplatz. The massive museum sits 7,000 feet above sea level and occupies over 10,000 square feet of space. Three angular canopies emerge from the ground, mimicking large boulders that you’d see on the mountainside. They’re made from glass-reinforced fiber concrete, and they have a pale gray exterior that blends into the neighboring limestone surface. To offset the exterior, the inside of the building has slightly darker tones that match the anthracite coal buried deep underground. Hadid’s design offers an awe-inspiring look at the surrounding landscape. She explains in a press release, “The idea [is] that visitors can descend into the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto the overhanging terrace with its spectacular, panoramic views.” The Messner Mountain Museum Corones was recently opened to the public in late July, and it’s home to artifacts, images, and tools from the brave explorer’s life.