Workshop on Le Corbusier designed museums -min
Though time and again the significance of museum in modern society has been challenged, you can hardly find any city in the world without any museum. In fact, concluding two decades of previous century and early years of the present century are considered to be the golden era of museum history. During this period many new museums were opened and existing ones renovated and/or expanded.
Whatever said and done, the architecture of the museum can be considered good when it takes you to a different world and makes you get soaked in the world of objects preserved and displayed. Just as temple helps you to disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate only on Almighty, a museum too should cut you off from rest of the world and help you get drowned in the world of art, etc. Whether modern or traditional the architecture should help to serve the purpose and objective of the museum.
A contemporary museum should not be viewed just as place where work of art are kept or displayed but also mechanisms through which their authors express their architectural skills.
Perhaps Le Corbusier’s name needs a special mention in the history of museum architecture. It was Le Corbusier who deviated from the traditional thinking of museum architecture as he strongly believed that an ideal museum is the one which allows its architecture to grow along with the collection. According to him a museum is not palace, or temple but is an art centre, nothing more nothing less. He always believed that art does not stay still. New trends and styles keep emerging and the museum architecture should be in line with this trend.
Just as the art itself undergoes change in style with the passage of time museum architecture too keeps evolving. The contemporary museum architecture has undergone significant changes since its conception. A good museum architecture should and does take into account art and style along with functional, structural, and technical specifications.