Buildings with Vintage Modern Architecture
Some like old buildings for their architectural and historical value; others are adapts of the modern steel and glass skyscrapers that have been invading urban spaces all over the world. But did you know there are landmarks able to satisfy both categories with their vintage modern architectural style?
Holburne Museum, Bath, UK
Housed by a historical building dating from the 18th century and displaying a Georgian architectural style, the Holburn Museum has not long ago opened a new wing that features a contemporary architectural style. The ground floor is completely transparent, while the upper one hosting a gallery is opaque and has a ceramic façade. Inside the museum you can admire a rich collection made up of various exhibits, not necessarily connected. From album covers to antique jewelry and paintings, the Holburn Museum is a marvel both from an architectural point of view and for its exhibits.
The Union of Romanian Architects, Bucharest, Romania
A half modern, half vintage landmark located in the heart of the city, the Union of Romanian Architects attracts many passers-by’s attention because of its quirky look. The history of the lower part of the building goes back to the 19th century, but it was burned down in 89. The upper part was reconstructed afterwards in a modern skyscraper style. The contrast between the two parts of the building is so striking that many people stop to admire and take snapshots of it.
Space Asia Hub, Singapore
Located on Bencoolen Street, in Singapore’s Arts District, Space Asia Hub is home to a unique design collection. Its exhibits are the artwork created by local designers, which is not insignificant since Singapore is one of the world’s design hubs. The building housing Space Asia Hub cost a whopping $50 million, and combines vintage with modern architecture. The complex is made of two old buildings: a white bungalow that was turned into a dining hall used for cocktail parties, and the Heritage House featuring a modern interior with elegant couches. A modern style glass bridge connects the two historical landmarks.
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
The architect Daniel Libeskind signed the design of the glass and steel new wing of the Royal Ontario Museum erected right on top of a classical style brick edifice. Inaugurated back in 2007, this new wing known as the Extension is home to an exhibition, a retail shop and three restaurants. If you decide to visit this controversial landmark while in Canada, you can make a dining break at the C5 on the museum’s rooftop for some amazing views and innovative dishes.
Museum of Military History, Dresden, Germany
The work of the same American architect, the Museum of Military History in Dresden appeals to visitors with its vintage – modern look. Its remodeling took over 5 years and cost a cool $85 million, and now the building combines 18th century architectural style and the contemporary utilitarian trend.